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Type: Journal article
Title: Harnessing pain heterogeneity and RNA transcriptome to idenitfy blood-based pain biomarkers: a novel correlational study design and bioinformatics approach in a graded chronic construction injury model
Author: Grace, P.
Hurley, D.
Barratt, D.
Tsykin, A.
Watkins, L.
Rolan, P.
Hutchinson, M.
Citation: Journal of Neurochemistry, 2012; 122(5):976-994
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0022-3042
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Peter M. Grace, Daniel Hurley, Daniel T. Barratt, Anna Tyskin, Linda R. Watkins, Paul E. Rolan and Mark R. Hutchinson
Abstract: A quantitative, peripherally accessible biomarker for neuropathic pain has great potential to improve clinical outcomes. Based on the premise that peripheral and central immunity contribute to neuropathic painmechanisms, wehypothesized that biomarkers could be identified from the whole blood of adult male rats, by integrating graded chronic constriction injury (CCI), ipsilateral lumbar dorsal quadrant (iLDQ) and whole blood transcriptomes, and pathway analysis with pain behavior. Correlational bioinformatics identified a range of putative biomarker genes for allodynia intensity, manyencodingfor proteins witha recognizedrole in immune/nociceptive mechanisms. A selection of these genes was validated in a separate replication study. Pathway analysis of the iLDQ transcriptome identified Fcc and Fce signaling pathways, among others. This study is the first to employ the whole blood transcriptome to identify pain biomarker panels. The novel correlational bioinformatics, developed here, selected such putative biomarkers based on a correlation with pain behavior and formation of signaling pathways with iLDQ genes. Future studies may demonstrate the predictive ability of these biomarker genes across other models and additional variables.
Keywords: Lumbosacral Region
Spinal Cord
Rats, Sprague-Dawley
Disease Models, Animal
Constriction, Pathologic
Receptors, IgE
Receptors, IgG
RNA, Messenger
Pain Measurement
Reproducibility of Results
Physical Stimulation
Pain Threshold
Computational Biology
Signal Transduction
Time Factors
Functional Laterality
Statistics as Topic
Rights: © 2012 The Authors. Journal of Neurochemistry © 2012 International Society for Neurochemistry
DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-4159.2012.07833.x
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