Brain Res Bull 2019 Jul 16;149:137-147. Epub 2019 Apr 16.
Department of Human Anatomy, Histology and Embryology & K.K. Leung Brain Research Centre, Preclinical School of Medicine, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an 710032, PR China. Electronic address:
Bone cancer pain (BCP) profoundly compromises the life quality of patients with bone metastases. Severe side effects of the drugs which were widely used and effective in the various stages of this condition results in a huge challenge for BCP treatment. Here, we investigated the antinociceptive effects of XPro1595, a soluble tumor necrosis factor (solTNF) inhibitor with considerable immunoregulatory efficacy, on BCP, as well as the underlying mechanisms within the spinal dorsal horn (SDH). Walker 256 mammary gland carcinoma cells were intratibially inoculated to induce BCP. Intrathecal administration of XPro1595 alleviated bone cancer-induced chronic pain in a dose-dependent manner, with an ED of 9.69 mg/kg. Bone cancer resulted in the activation of astrocytes and microglia in the SDH through the upregulation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, which was accompanied by an over-expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6. XPro1595suppressed bone cancer-evoked glial activation and the consequent neuroinflammation. These inhibitory effects of XPro1595 were, at least partially, mediated by a reduction in the phosphorylation of p38 MAPK in spinal glial cells. In conclusion, inhibition of spinal glia by XPro1595 may have utility in the treatment of bone cancer-induced neuroinflammation, and our results further implicate XPro1595 as a new promising therapeutic agent for BCP.