Dalmann R, Daulhac L, Antri M, Eschalier A, Mallet C
Université d'Auvergne, Pharmacologie Fondamentale et Clinique de la Douleur, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the most commonly used analgesic in the world. Recently, a new view of its action has emerged: that paracetamol would be a pro-drug that should be metabolized by the FAAH enzyme into AM404, its active metabolite. However, this hypothesis has been demonstrated only in naive animals, a far cry from the clinical pathologic context of paracetamol use. Moreover, FAAH is a ubiquitous enzyme expressed both in the central nervous system and in the periphery. Thus, we explored: (i) the involvement of FAAH in the analgesic action of paracetamol in a mouse model of inflammatory pain; and (ii) the contributions of central versus peripheral FAAH in this action. The analgesic effect of paracetamol was evaluated in thermal hyperalgesia, mechanical allodynia and hyperalgesia induced by an intra-plantar injection of carrageenan (3%) in FAAH knock-out mice or their littermates. Moreover, the contribution of the central and peripheral enzymes was explored by comparing the effect of a global FAAH inhibitor (URB597) to that of a peripherally restricted FAAH inhibitor (URB937) on paracetamol action. Here, we show that in a model of inflammatory pain submitted to different stimuli, the analgesic action of paracetamol was abolished when FAAH was genetically or pharmacologically inhibited. Whereas a global FAAH inhibitor, URB597 (0.3 mg/kg), reduced the anti-hyperalgesic action of paracetamol, a brain-impermeant FAAH inhibitor, URB937 (0.3 mg/kg), had no influence. However, administered intracerebroventricularly, URB937 (5 ?g/mouse) reduced the action of paracetamol. These results demonstrate that the supra-spinally-located FAAH enzyme is necessary for the analgesic action of paracetamol.
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