VPS26A-SNX27 interaction-dependent MGLUR5 recycling in dorsal horn neurons mediates neuropathic pain in rats

Tzer Bin Lin, Cheng Yuan Lai, Ming Chun Hsieh, Hsueh Hsiao Wang, Jen Kun Cheng, Yat Pang Chau, Gin Den Chen, Hsien Yu Peng

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Retromer, which crucially contributes to endosomal sorting machinery through the retrieval and recycling of signaling receptors away from degradation, has been identified as a critical element for glutamatergic-receptor-dependent neural plasticity at excitatory synapses. We observed it accompanied by behavioral allodynia; neuropathic injury time-dependently enhanced VPS26A and SNX27 expression; VPS26A-SNX27 coprecipitation; and VPS26A-positive, SNX27-positive, and VPS26A-SNX27 double-labeled immunoreactivity in the dorsal horn of Sprague Dawley rats that were all sufficiently ameliorated through the focal knock-down of spinal VPS26A expression. Although the knock-down of spinal SNX27 expression exhibited similar effects, spinal nerve ligation (SNL)-enhanced VPS26A expression remained unaffected. Moreover, SNL also increased membrane-bound and total mGluR5 abundance, VPS26A-bound SNX27 and mGluR5 and mGluR5-bound VPS26A and SNX27 coprecipitation, and mGluR5-positive and VPS26A/SNX27/mGluR5 triple-labeled immunoreactivity in the dorsal horn, and these effects were all attenuated through the focal knock-down of spinal VPS26A and SNX27 expression. Although administration with MPEP adequately ameliorated SNL-associated allodynia, mGluR5 expression, and membrane insertion, SNL-enhanced VPS26A and SNX27 expression were unaffected. Together, these results suggested a role of spinal VPS26A-SNX27-dependentmGluR5recycling in the development of neuropathic pain. This is the first study that links retromer-associated sorting machinery with the spinal plasticity underlying pain hypersensitivity and proposes the possible pathophysiological relevance of endocytic recycling in pain pathophysiology through the modification of glutamatergic mGluR5 recycling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14943-14955
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 2015


  • Allodynia
  • MGluR5
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Retromer
  • SNX27
  • VPS26

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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