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Contribution of diacylglycerol lipase β to pain after surgery

Authors Luk J, Lu Y, Ackermann A, Peng X, Bogdan D, Puopolo M, Komatsu DE, Tong S, Ojima I, Rebecchi MJ, Kaczocha M

Received 16 November 2017

Accepted for publication 10 January 2018

Published 5 March 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 473—482


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr E Alfonso Romero-Sandoval

Jennifer Luk,1 Yong Lu,1 Amanda Ackermann,1 Xiaoxue Peng,1 Diane Bogdan,1 Michelino Puopolo,1 David E Komatsu,2 Simon Tong,3 Iwao Ojima,3,4 Mario J Rebecchi,1 Martin Kaczocha1,4

1Department of Anesthesiology, 2Department of Orthopedics, 3Department of Chemistry, 4Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA

Background: Metabolism of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) yields arachidonic acid (AA), the precursor to proalgesic eicosanoids including prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). Diacylglycerol lipase β (DAGLβ) is an enzyme that synthesizes 2-AG and its inhibition reduces eicosanoid levels and produces antinociceptive effects in models of inflammatory pain. Here we test whether inhibition of DAGLβ produces antinociceptive effects in a model of postoperative pain.
Methods: Rats were administered the selective DAGLβ inhibitor KT109 or vehicle and underwent plantar incision. Postsurgical pain/disability was examined using evoked (mechanical hyperalgesia), functional (incapacitance/weight bearing), and functional/spontaneous (locomotion) modalities.
Results: Activity-based protein profiling confirmed that KT109 inhibited DAGLβ in the lumbar spinal cord (LSC) and brain, confirming that it is a systemically active DAGLβ inhibitor. Treatment with KT109 reduced basal 2-AG, AA, and PGE2 levels in the liver but not the brain, indicating that DAGLβ activity does not significantly contribute to basal PGE2 production within the central nervous system. Plantar incision elevated the levels of 2-AG and PGE2 in the LSC. Although KT109 did not alter postsurgical 2-AG levels in the LSC, it slightly reduced PGE2 levels. In contrast, the clinically efficacious cyclooxygenase inhibitor ketoprofen completely suppressed PGE2 levels in the LSC. Similarly, KT109 had no significant effect upon postsurgical 2-AG, AA, or PGE2 levels at the incision site, while ketoprofen abolished PGE2 production at this location. KT109 and ketoprofen reversed the weight bearing imbalance induced by plantar incision, yet neither KT109 nor ketoprofen had any significant effect on mechanical hyperalgesia. Treatment with ketoprofen partially but significantly rescued the locomotor deficit induced by incision while KT109 was without effect.
Conclusion: DAGLβ is not the principal enzyme that controls 2-AG derived AA and PGE2 production after surgery, and inhibitors targeting this enzyme are unlikely to be efficacious analgesics superior to those already approved to treat acute postoperative pain.

Keywords: pain, incision, surgery, endocannabinoid, 2-AG

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