Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 37–41

Resolvin E1 Inhibits Neuropathic Pain and Spinal Cord Microglial Activation Following Peripheral Nerve Injury


DOI: 10.1007/s11481-012-9394-8

Cite this article as:
Xu, ZZ., Berta, T. & Ji, RR. J Neuroimmune Pharmacol (2013) 8: 37. doi:10.1007/s11481-012-9394-8


Accumulating evidence indicates that activation of spinal cord microglia plays an important role in the genesis of neuropathic pain. Resolvin E1 (E1) is derived from omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid and exhibits potent anti-inflammatory, pro-resolution, and anti-nociceptive effects. We further examined whether RvE1 could reduce neuropathic pain and modulate spinal cord microglial activation. Intrathecal pre-treatment of RvE1 (100 ng) daily for 3 days partially prevented the development of nerve injury-induced mechanical allodynia and up-regulation of IBA-1 (microglial marker) and TNF-α in the spinal cord dorsal horn. Furthermore, intrathecal post-treatment of RvE1 (100 ng), 3 weeks after nerve injury, transiently reduced mechanical allodynia and heat hyperalgesia. Finally, RvE1 blocked lipopolisaccharide-induced microgliosis and TNF-α release in primary micoglial cultures. Our data suggest that RvE1 may attenuate neuropathic pain via inhibiting microglial signaling. Targeting the anti-inflammatory and pro-resolution lipid mediators may offer new options for preventing and treating neuropathic pain.


Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) Lipopolisacride (LPS) Nerve injury Omega-3 poly unsaturated fatty acids Spinal cord 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sensory Plasticity Laboratory, Pain Research Center, Department of AnesthesiologyBrigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Sensory Plasticity Laboratory, Department of AnesthesiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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