TDAG8 involved in initiating inflammatory hyperalgesia and establishing hyperalgesic priming in mice

Shih Ping Dai, Ya Han Huang, Chung Jen Chang, Yu Fen Huang, Wei Shan Hsieh, Yasuhiko Tabata, Satoshii Ishii, Wei Hsin Sun*

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Chronic pain, resulting from injury, arthritis, and cancer, is often accompanied by inflammation. High concentrations of protons found in inflamed tissues results in tissue acidosis, a major cause of pain and hyperalgesia. Acidosis signals may mediate a transition from acute to chronic hyperalgesia (hyperalgesic priming) via proton-sensing G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The expression of T-cell death-associated gene 8 (TDAG8), a proton-sensing GPCR, is increased during inflammatory hyperalgesia. Attenuating TDAG8 expression in the spinal cord inhibits bone cancer pain, but whether TDAG8 is involved in inflammatory hyperalgesia or hyperalgesic priming remains unclear. In this study, we used TDAG8-knockout or -knockdown to explore the role of TDAG8 in pain. Suppressed TDAG8 expression delayed the onset of inflammatory hyperalgesia and shortened hyperalgesic time in mice. In a dual acid-injection model (acid [pH 5.0] injected twice, 5 days apart), shRNA inhibition of TDAG8 shortened the duration of the second hyperalgesia. Similar results were found in TDAG8-deficient mice. The dual administration of TDAG8 agonist also confirmed that TDAG8 is involved in hyperalgsic priming. Accordingly, TDAG8 may mediate acidosis signals to initiate inflammatory hyperalgesia and establish hyperalgesic priming.

Original languageEnglish
Article number41415
JournalScientific reports
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017


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