Publications

  1. brainChai B, Guo W, Wei F, Dubner R, Ren K. Trigeminal-rostral ventromedial medulla circuitry is involved in orofacial hyperalgesia contralateral to tissue injury. Mol Pain. 2012 Oct 23;8:78. PMCID:PMC3484042
  2. Ren K. Further evidence on a role of chemokines in injury-related pain hypersensitivity: Commentary on a paper by Saika et al. Eur J Pain. 2012 Oct; 16(9):1209-10.
  3. Xiong W, Cui T, Cheng K, Yang F, Chen SR, Willenbring D, Guan Y, Pan HL, Ren K, Xu Y, Zhang L. Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting α3 glycine receptors. J Exp Med. 2012;209(6):1121-34. Epub 2012 May 14. PMCID:PMC3371734
  4. Guo W, Wang H, Zou S, Dubner R, Ren K. Chemokine signaling involving chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 plays a role in descending pain facilitation. Neurosci Bull. 2012;28(2):193-207.
  5. Yang K, Takeuchi K, Wei F, Dubner R, Ren K. Activation of group I mGlu receptors contributes to facilitation of NMDA receptor membrane current in spinal dorsal horn neurons after hind paw inflammation in rats. Eur J Pharmacol. 2011;670(2-3):509-18.
  6. Gu M, Miyoshi K, Dubner R, Guo W, Zou S, Ren K, Noguchi K, Wei F. Spinal 5-HT(3) receptor activation induces behavioral hypersensitivity via a neuronal-glial-neuronal signaling cascade. J Neurosci. 2011;31(36):12823-36. PMCID: PMC3199304
  7. Meng X, Zhang Y, Li A, Xin J, Lao L, Ren K, Berman BM, Tan M, Zhang RX. The effects of opioid receptor antagonists on electroacupuncture-produced anti-allodynia/hyperalgesia in rats with paclitaxel-evoked peripheral neuropathy. Brain Res. 2011;1414:58-65.
  8. Li A, Zhang Y, Lao L, Xin J, Ren K, Berman BM, Zhang RX. Serotonin Receptor 2A/C Is Involved in Electroacupuncture Inhibition of Pain in an Osteoarthritis Rat Model. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011;2011:619650. Epub 2011 Jan 9. PMCID: PMC3139987
  9. Ren K, Dubner R. The role of trigeminal interpolaris-caudalis transition zone in persistent orofacial pain. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2011;97:207-25. Review. PMCID: PMC3257052
  10. Zhang Y, Meng X, Li A, Xin J, Berman BM, Lao L, Tan M, Ren K, Zhang RX. Acupuncture alleviates the affective dimension of pain in a rat model of inflammatory hyperalgesia. Neurochem Res. 2011;36(11):2104-10. Epub 2011 Jun 22.
  11. Guo W, Wang H, Zou S, Gu M, Watanabe M, Wei F, Dubner R, Huang GT, Ren K. Bone marrow stromal cells produce long-term pain relief in rat models of persistent pain. Stem Cells. 2011;29(8):1294-303. doi: 10.1002/stem.667. PMCID: PMC3277433
  12. Zhang Y, Li A, Lao L, Xin J, Ren K, Berman BM, Zhang RX. Rostral ventromedial medulla μ, but not κ, opioid receptors are involved in electroacupuncture anti-hyperalgesia in an inflammatory pain rat model. Brain Res. 2011;1395:38-45. PMCID: PMC3105222
  13. Zhang Y, Li A, Xin J, Lao L, Ren K, Berman BM, Tan M, Zhang RX. Involvement of spinal serotonin receptors in electroacupuncture anti-hyperalgesia in an inflammatory pain rat model. Neurochem Res. 2011;36(10):1785-92.
  14. Ren K, Dubner R. Interactions between the immune and nervous systems in pain. Nat Med. 2010;16(11):1267-76. PMCID: PMC3077564
  15. Bai G, Wei D, Zou S, Ren K, Dubner R. Inhibition of class II histone deacetylases in the spinal cord attenuates inflammatory hyperalgesia. Mol Pain. 2010;6:51. PMCID: PMC2942827
  16. Guo W, Wang H, Zou S, Wei F, Dubner R, Ren K. Long lasting pain hypersensitivity following ligation of the tendon of the masseter muscle in rats: a model of myogenic orofacial pain. Mol Pain. 2010;6:40. PMCID: PMC2914030
  17. Wei F, Dubner R, Zou S, Ren K, Bai G, Wei D, Guo W. Molecular depletion of descending serotonin unmasks its novel facilitatory role in the development of persistent pain. J Neurosci. 2010;30(25):8624-36. PMCID: PMC2902253
  18. Ren K. Emerging role of astroglia in pain hypersensitivity. Jpn Dent Sci Rev. 2010;46(1):86. PMCID: PMC2821097
  19. Shimizu K, Guo W, Wang H, Zou S, LaGraize SC, Iwata K, Wei F, Dubner R, Ren K. Differential involvement of trigeminal transition zone and laminated subnucleus caudalis in orofacial deep and cutaneous hyperalgesia: the effects of interleukin-10 and glial inhibitors. Mol Pain. 2009;5:75. PMCID: PMC2806354
  20. Ren K, Torres R. Role of interleukin-1beta during pain and inflammation. Brain Res Rev. 2009;60(1):57-64. Review. PMCID: PMC3076185
  21. Ren K. Neuron, Glia and Reciprocal Relationships in Pain Processing. Open Pain J. 2009;2:7-31. PMCID: PMC3004479
  22. Khodorova A, Zou S, Ren K, Dubner R, Davar G, Strichartz G. Dual Roles for Endothelin-B Receptors in Modulating Adjuvant-Induced Inflammatory Hyperalgesia in Rats. Open Pain J. 2009;2:30-40. PMCID: PMC2886510
  23. Wei F, Guo W, Zou S, Ren K, Dubner R. Supraspinal glial-neuronal interactions contribute to descending pain facilitation. J Neurosci. 2008;28(42):10482-95. PMCID: PMC2660868
  24. Ren K, Dubner R. Neuron-glia crosstalk gets serious: role in pain hypersensitivity. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2008;21(5):570-9. Review. PMCID: PMC2735048
  25. Ren K, Dubner R. Pain facilitation and activity-dependent plasticity in pain modulatory circuitry: role of BDNF-TrkB signaling and NMDA receptors. Mol Neurobiol. 2007;35(3):224-35. Review.
  26. Guo W, Wang H, Watanabe M, Shimizu K, Zou S, LaGraize SC, Wei F, Dubner R, Ren K. Glial-cytokine-neuronal interactions underlying the mechanisms of persistent pain. J Neurosci. 2007;27(22):6006-18. PMCID: PMC2676443
  27. Bi GQ, Bolshakov V, Bu G, Cahill CM, Chen ZF, Collingridge GL, Cooper RL, Coorssen JR, El-Husseini A, Galhardo V, Gan WB, Gu J, Inoue K, Isaac J, Iwata K, Jia Z, Kaang BK, Kawamata M, Kida S, Klann E, Kohno T, Li M, Li XJ, MacDonald JF, Nader K, Nguyen PV, Oh U, Ren K, Roder JC, Salter MW, Song W, Sugita S, Tang SJ, Tao Y, Wang YT, Woo N, Woodin MA, Yan Z, Yoshimura M, Xu M, Xu ZC, Zhang X, Zhen M, Zhuo M. Recent advances in basic neurosciences and brain disease: from synapses to behavior. Mol Pain. 2006;2:38. PMCID: PMC1769477