Research in our laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanism of pain pathways. We employ primary cultures of sensory neurons and macrophages, live cell imaging, and molecular biology.
1. Roles of neuropeptide VGF and its receptor in neuropathic pain.
2. Roles of macrophages in hyper-excitation of sensory neurons.
3. The mechanism of hypersensitisation of sensory neurons in chronic pain conditions.
et al., 2013, A clinically relevant rodent model of the HIV antiretroviral drug stavudine induced painful peripheral neuropathy, Pain, Vol:154, ISSN:0304-3959, Pages:560-575
et al., 2013, Identification of a Receptor for Neuropeptide VGF and Its Role in Neuropathic Pain, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol:288, ISSN:0021-9258, Pages:34638-34646
Pristerà A, Baker MD, Okuse K, 2013, Correction: Association between Tetrodotoxin Resistant Channels and Lipid Rafts Regulates Sensory Neuron Excitability., Plos One, Vol:8
Pristera A, Okuse K, 2012, Building Excitable Membranes: Lipid Rafts and Multiple Controls on Trafficking of Electrogenic Molecules, Neuroscientist, Vol:18, ISSN:1073-8584, Pages:70-81
Pristera A, Baker MD, Okuse K, 2012, Association between Tetrodotoxin Resistant Channels and Lipid Rafts Regulates Sensory Neuron Excitability, Plos One, Vol:7, ISSN:1932-6203