Antinociceptive Profile of Levo-tetrahydropalmatine in Acute and Chronic Pain Mice Models: Role of spinal sigma-1 receptor.Sci Rep. 2016 12 02; 6:37850.SR
We have recently reported that repeated systemic treatments of extract from Corydalis yanhusuo alleviate neuropathic pain and levo-tetrahydropalmatine (l-THP) is one of active components from Corydalis. We designed this study to investigate antinociceptive effect of l-THP in acute and chronic pain models and related mechanism within the spinal cord. We found that intraperitoneal pretreatment with l-THP significantly inhibited the second phase of formalin-induced pain behavior. In addition, intrathecal as well as intraperitoneal pretreatment with l-THP reduced the mechanical allodynia (MA) induced by direct activation of sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1). In chronic constriction injury mice, these treatments remarkably suppressed the increase in MA and spinal phosphorylation of the NMDA receptor NR1 subunit expression on day 7 after surgery. Intrathecal treatment with l-THP combined with the Sig-1R antagonist, BD1047 synergistically blocked MA suggesting that l-THP modulates spinal Sig-1R activation. CatWalk gait analysis also supported that antinociceptive effect of l-THP as demonstrated by restoration of percentages of print area and single stance. Meanwhile, intrathecal pretreatment with naloxone, non-selective opioid receptor antagonist, did not affect the effect of l-THP. In conclusion, these results demonstrate that l-THP possesses antinociceptive effects through spinal Sig-1R mechanism and may be a useful analgesic in the management of neuropathic pain.