The neurotransmitter adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is released from sensory nerve endings during inflammation and acts at the level of P2X receptors. We used the irreversible inhibitor of P2z/P2X7 receptor, designated oxidized ATP (oATP), to test its possible antinociceptive activity in arthritic rats. We induced unilateral inflammation of the rat hind paw by local injection of Freund's complete adjuvant. Administration of the adjuvant resulted in a significant reduction of paw pressure threshold (PPT). Injection of oATP into inflamed paws significantly increased, in a dose-dependent manner, PPT values to levels comparable with or higher than those evaluated in control uninflamed paws. The data indicate that the P2z/P2X7 receptor system exerts a role in nociception and that oATP, by inhibiting such a receptor, reduces the nociceptive signal in the course of peripheral inflammation.
- Oxidized adenosine triphosphate
- P2X7 receptor
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