Differential development of facial and hind paw allodynia in a nitroglycerin-induced mouse model of chronic migraine: Role of capsaicin sensitive primary afferents

Sol Ji Kim, Ji Hee Yeo, Seo Yeon Yoon, Soon Gu Kwon, Jang Hern Lee, Alvin J. Beitz, Dae Hyun Roh

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Despite the relatively high prevalence of migraine or headache, the pathophysiological mechanisms triggering headache-associated peripheral hypersensitivities, are unknown. Since nitric oxide (NO) is well known as a causative factor in the pathogenesis of migraine or migraine-associated hypersensitivities, a mouse model has been established using systemic administration of the NO donor, nitroglycerin (NTG). Here we tried to investigate the time course development of facial or hindpaw hypersensitivity after repetitive NTG injection. NTG (10 mg/kg) was administrated to mice every other day for nine days. Two hours post-injection, NTG produced acute mechanical and heat hypersensitivity in the hind paws. By contrast, cold allodynia, but not mechanical hypersensitivity, occurred in the facial region. Moreover, this hindpaws mechanical hypersensitivity and the facial cold allodynia was progressive and long-lasting. We subsequently examined whether the depletion of capsaicin-sensitive primary afferents (CSPAs) with resiniferatoxin (RTX, 0.02 mg/kg) altered these peripheral hypersensitivities in NTG-treated mice. RTX pretreatment did not affect the NTG-induced mechanical allodynia in the hind paws nor the cold allodynia in the facial region, but it did inhibit the development of hind paw heat hyperalgesia. Similarly, NTG injection produced significant hindpaw mechanical allodynia or facial cold allodynia, but not heat hyperalgesia in transient receptor potential type V1 (TRPV1) knockout mice. These findings demonstrate that different peripheral hypersensitivities develop in the face versus hindpaw regions in a mouse model of repetitive NTG-induced migraine, and that these hindpaw mechanical hypersensitivity and facial cold allodynia are not mediated by the activation of CSPAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-181
Number of pages10
JournalBiological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2018

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgment This study was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grants funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2016R1D1A1B03934932).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan.


  • Allodynia
  • Migraine
  • Nitroglycerin
  • Resiniferatoxin
  • Transient receptor potential type V1 (TRPV1)


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