N Blanshan, ML Mahowald, C Dorman, S Frizelle
Rheumatology Department, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, United States
IA Col increased EPS and reduced ADWB measures of percent weight bearing on the left hind limb compared to naïve mice. BoNT/A treatment reduced EPS and increased weight bearing on the left hind limb. The improvements were not significant compared to the Col group. There was no significant difference in time spent on the left hind limb between any treatment groups. Forelimb ADWB measures of percent weight and time in arthritic mice significantly increased compared to nonarthritic animals. Treatment with BoNT/A in the arthritic limb decreased this offloading; however, statistical analysis only showed significance in weightbearing. IA Col monoarthritis increased evoked and spontaneous pain behaviors in female mice after four weeks. Treatment with IA BoNT/A decreased pain behaviors but only forelimb weight bearing showed a significant improvement. This led us to conclude that treatment with BoNT/A is not an effective analgesic for the treatment of chronic degenerative knee arthritis in murine models.
BIOSEB Instruments Used:
Dynamic Weight Bearing 2.0 (BIO-DWB-DUAL)