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Type: Journal article
Title: TLR 2 and 4 responsiveness from isolated peripheral blood mononuclear cells from rats and humans as potential chronic pain biomarkers
Author: Kwok, Y.
Tuke, S.
Nicotra, L.
Grace, P.
Rolan, P.
Hutchinson, M.
Citation: PLoS One, 2013; 8(10):1-16
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1932-6203
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Yuen H. Kwok, Jonathan Tuke, Lauren L. Nicotra, Peter M. Grace, Paul E. Rolan, Mark R. Hutchinson
Abstract: Background: Chronic pain patients have increased peripheral blood mononuclear cell Interkeukin-1β production following TLR2 and TLR4 simulation. Here we have used a human-to-rat and rat-to-human approach to further investigate whether peripheral blood immune responses to TLR agonists might be suitable for development as possible systems biomarkers of chronic pain in humans. Methods and Results: Study 1: using a graded model of chronic constriction injury in rats, behavioral allodynia was assessed followed by in vitro quantification of TLR2 and TLR4 agonist-induced stimulation of IL-1β release by PBMCs and spinal cord tissues (n = 42; 6 rats per group). Statistical models were subsequently developed using the IL-1β responses, which distinguished the pain/no pain states and predicted the degree of allodynia. Study 2: the rat-derived statistical models were tested to assess their predictive utility in determining the pain status of a published human cohort that consists of a heterogeneous clinical pain population (n = 19) and a pain-free population (n = 11). The predictive ability of one of the rat models was able to distinguish pain patients from controls with a ROC AUC of 0.94. The rat model was used to predict the presence of pain in a new chronic pain cohort and was able to accurately predict the presence of pain in 28 out of the 34 chronic pain participants. Conclusions: These clinical findings confirm our previous discoveries of the involvement of the peripheral immune system in chronic pain. Given that these findings are reflected in the prospective graded rat data, it suggests that the TLR response from peripheral blood and spinal cord were related to pain and these clinical findings do indeed act as system biomarkers for the chronic pain state. Hence, they provide additional impetus to the neuroimmune interaction to be a drug target for chronic pain.
Keywords: Spinal Cord
Leukocytes, Mononuclear
Rats, Sprague-Dawley
Disease Models, Animal
Pain Measurement
Cohort Studies
Follow-Up Studies
Behavior, Animal
Middle Aged
Toll-Like Receptor 2
Toll-Like Receptor 4
Chronic Pain
Rights: © 2013 Kwok et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077799
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