Neurochemical Research

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 563–571 | Cite as

Involvement of Spinal CCR5/PKCγ Signaling Pathway in the Maintenance of Cancer-Induced Bone Pain

  • Li-Hua Hang
  • Shu-Na Li
  • Xiang Dan
  • Wei-Wei Shu
  • Hong Luo
  • Dong-Hua Shao
Original Paper


Cancer-induced bone pain (CIBP) is a challenging medical problem that considerably influences cancer patients’ quality of life. Currently, few treatments have been developed to conquer CIBP because of a poor understanding of the potential mechanisms. Our previous work has proved that spinal RANTES (a major ligand for CCR5) was involved in the maintenance of CIBP. In this study, we attempted to investigate whether spinal CCR5 and its downstream PKCγ pathway is involved in the maintenance of CIBP. Inoculation of Walker 256 cells into the tibia could induce a marked mechanical allodynia with concomitant upregulation of spinal CCR5 and p-PKCγ expression from day 6 to day 15 after inoculation. Spinal CCR5 was prominently expressed in microglia, and mechanical allodynia was attenuated by intrathecal injection of DAPTA (a specific antagonist of CCR5) with downregulation of spinal CCR5 and p-PKCγ expression levels at day 15 in inoculated rats. Pre-intrathecal injection of RANTES could reverse the anti-allodynia effects of DAPTA. Intrathecal administration of GF109203X (an inhibitor of PKC) could alleviate mechanical allodynia as well as decrease of spinal p-PKCγ expression level, but no influence on spinal CCR5 level. Our findings suggest that CCR5/PKCγ signaling pathway in microglia may contribute to the maintenance of CIBP in rats.


Cancer-induced bone pain CCR5 PKCγ Signaling pathway 



This work was financed by the Social Development Fund of Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province (SH2015049) and the Natural Science Foundation of the PR China (No. 81600799).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li-Hua Hang
    • 1
  • Shu-Na Li
    • 2
  • Xiang Dan
    • 1
  • Wei-Wei Shu
    • 1
  • Hong Luo
    • 1
  • Dong-Hua Shao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyThe Affiliated People’s Hospital of Jiangsu UniversityZhenjiangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyThe Affiliated People’s Hospital of Jiangsu UniversityZhenjiangPeople’s Republic of China

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