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Background: Astrocyte Elevated Gene 1 (AEG-1) is a multifunctional protein shown to be a regulator of transcription and multiple intracellular signaling pathways. The role of AEG-1 in cellular inflammation appears to be primarily facilitated by its direct interaction with the transcription factor NFκB, transcriptional regulator of inflammatory cytokines. May be have a potential role in models of pain, particularly chronic inflammatory and chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Methods: C57BL6/J male and female mice, 8-14 weeks old. AEG-1 wild type (WT) and global knockout (KO) male and female mice, 8-14 weeks old. Chronic Inflammatory Pain induced via injection of 50% Freund's Complete Adjuvant (CFA) or vehicle into mouse right hind paw. CIPN induced via four 8 mg/kg, i.p. injections of Paclitaxel or vehicle (Toma, et. al). Mechanical hypersensitivity assessed via von frey filaments. Acetone Test was used to assess cold sensitivity. mRNA transcripts collected from tissues were measured via qRT-PCR. Results: AEG-1 KO mice displayed protection from CFA induced mechanical hypersensitivity, thermal sensitivity, and reduces paw edema compare to WT mice. AEG-1 KO mice displayed enhanced recovery from paclitaxel induced mechanical hypersensitivity and cold sensitivity compared to WT mice. AEG-1 expression levels in the periaqueductal grey, spinal cord, and L4-6 corresponding dorsal root ganglia collected from C57BL6/J mice treated with 8mg/Kg paclitaxel or 50% CFA (3 days post injection) showed no difference from control groups. Conclusions: Our data suggest that AEG-1 may be involved in inflammatory and CIPN related nociception in C57BL6/J mice.

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Investigating The Role of AEG-1 in Mouse Models of Pain