Functional interplay between gelatinases and hyperalgesia in endotoxin-induced localized inflammatory pain

R. S. Talhouk, L. Hajjar, R. Abou-Gergi, C. J. Simaa'n, G. Mouneimne, N. E. Saade', B. Safieh-Garabedian

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The role of ECM-degrading proteinases in normal developmental processes and in pathological conditions is extensively studied. However, few reports describe the role ECM-degrading proteinases play in modulating hyperalgesia. The goal of this study is to describe the regulation of gelatinases during endotoxin mediated local inflammation, induced by intra plantar endotoxin (ET; 1.25 μg/50 μl) injection in Balb/c mice, and to correlate that with hyperalgesia. ET injections induced hyperalgesia, as determined by hot plate and paw pressure tests, which peaked by 24 h and recovered by 48 h post-injection. Contralateral paw of ET injected mice and saline injected paws in control mice elicited no hyperalgesia. Zymography showed that ET and saline injected paws elicited increased gelatinase activity by 9 h after injection. However, only the former maintained high levels of expression of a 90 kD gelatinase up to at least 96 h post ET injection, while in the latter gelatinase expression was down regulated by 24 h. Interestingly, the 90-kD gelatinase was upregulated in the contralateral paw of the ET-injected mice beyond 48 h post injection. Saline injection in that paw, during a time when gelatinases are upregulated, induced hyperalgesia. Intraperitoneal injection of either ZnCl2 (100 μM), thymulin (5 μg/100 μl), or morphine (2 mg/kg/100 μl) reversed the ET-induced hyperalgesia and suppressed gelatinase activity. Furthermore, intraperitoneal injection of MPI, an ECM-degrading proteinase inhibitor, reversed ET induced hyperalgesia. Taken together, the above suggests that a functional interplay exists between gelatinase upregulation triggered by ET injections and hyperalgesia. The exact mechanism underlying such correlation remains to be determined. Copyright (C) 2000 International Association for the Study of Pain. Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-405
Number of pages9
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2000


  • ECM-degrading proteinases
  • Endotoxin
  • Gelatinases
  • Hyperalgesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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