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Comparative effectiveness of antinociceptive gene therapies in animal models of diabetic neuropathic pain.

Authors: Wang, Y  Nowicki, MO  Wang, X  Arnold, WD  Fernandez, SA  Mo, X  Wechuk, J  Krisky, D  Goss, J  Wolfe, D  Popovich, PG  Lawler, S  Chiocca, EA 
Citation: Wang Y, etal., Gene Ther. 2013 Jul;20(7):742-50. doi: 10.1038/gt.2012.90. Epub 2012 Dec 13.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:23235561
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1038/gt.2012.90

Peripheral neuropathic pain is one of the most common and debilitating complications of diabetes. Several genes have been shown to be effective in reducing neuropathic pain in animal models of diabetes after transfer to the dorsal root ganglion using replication-defective herpes simplex virus (HSV)1-based vectors, yet there has never been a comparative analysis of their efficacy. We compared four different HSV1-based vectors engineered to produce one of two opioid receptor agonists (enkephalin or endomorphin), or one of two isoforms of glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD65 or GAD67), alone and in combination, in the streptozotocin-induced diabetic rat and mouse models. Our results indicate that a single subcutaneous hindpaw inoculation of vectors expressing GAD65 or GAD67 reduced diabetes-induced mechanical allodynia to a degree that was greater than daily injections of gabapentin in rats. Diabetic mice that developed thermal hyperalgesia also responded to GAD65 or endomorphin gene delivery. The results suggest that either GAD65 or GAD67 vectors are the most effective in the treatment of diabetic pain. The vector combinations, GAD67+endomorphin, GAD67+enkephalin or endomorphin+enkephalin also produced a significant antinociceptive effect but the combination did not appear to be superior to single gene treatment. These findings provide further justification for the clinical development of antinociceptive gene therapies for the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathies.


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