Journal of Molecular Neuroscience

, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 425–435 | Cite as

Activation of TRPM2 and TRPV1 Channels in Dorsal Root Ganglion by NADPH Oxidase and Protein Kinase C Molecular Pathways: a Patch Clamp Study

  • Mustafa Nazıroğlu


Despite considerable research, the mechanisms of neuropathic pain induced by excessive oxidative stress production and overload calcium ion (Ca2+) entry in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) remain substantially unidentified. The transient receptor potential melastatin 2 (TRPM2) and vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels are activated with different stimuli including oxidative stress. TRPM2 and TRPV1 have been shown to be involved in induction of neuropathic pain. However, the activation mechanisms of TRPM2 and TRPV1 via NADPH oxidase and protein kinase C (PKC) pathways are poorly understood. In this study, I investigated the roles of NADPH oxidase and PKC on Ca2+ entry through TRPM2 and TRPV1 channels in in vitro DRG neurons of rats. Rat DRG neurons were used in whole-cell patch clamp experiments. The H2O2-induced TRPM2 current densities were decreased by N-(p-amylcinnamoyl)anthranilic acid (ACA), and dose-dependent capsaicin (CAP) and H2O2-induced TRPV1 currents were inhibited by capsazepine (CPZ). The TRPV1 channel is activated in the DRG neurons by 0.01 mM capsaicin but not 0.001 mM or 0.05 mM capsaicin. TRPM2 and TRPV1 currents were increased by the PKC activator, phorbol myristate acetate (PMA), although the currents were decreased by ACA, CPZ, and the PKC inhibitor, bisindolylmaleimide I (BIM). Both channel currents were further increased by PMA + H2O2 as compared to H2O2 only. In the combined presence of PMA + BIM, no TRPM2 or TRPV1 currents were observed. The CAP and H2O2-induced TRPM2 current densities were also decreased by the NADPH oxidase inhibitors apocynin and N-Acetylcysteine. In conclusion, these results demonstrate a protective role for NADPH oxidase and PKC inhibitors on Ca2+ entry through TRPM2 and TRPV1 channels in DRG neurons. Since excessive oxidative stress production and Ca2+ entry are implicated in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain, the findings may be relevant to the etiology and treatment of neuropathology in DRG neurons.


NADPH oxidase Protein kinase C N acetyl cysteine Sensory neurons TRPM2 channel TRPV1 channel 



Intracellular Ca2+


N-(p-Amylcinnamoyl)anthranilic acid


Adenosine diphosphatase ribose


Bisindolylmaleimide I






Dorsal root ganglion








Protein kinase C


Phorbol myristate acetate


Reactive oxygen species


Transient receptor potential


Melastatin-like transient receptor potential 2


Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1


Whole cell



The authors wish to thank Prof. Dr. James W. Putney (NIEHS, NC, USA) for helpful discussions on the manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The study was approved by the Local Experimental Animal Ethical Committee of SDU (protocol number 2010-13).

Financial Disclosure

There is no financial disclosure and support for the current study.

Conflict of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neuroscience Research CenterSüleyman Demirel UniversityIspartaTurkey
  2. 2.Tıp Fakültesi, Biyofizik Anabilim Dalı BaşkanıSüleyman Demirel UniversityIspartaTurkey

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