Inhibition of KCC2 in mouse spinal cord neurons leads to hypersensitivity to thermal stimulation.


KCC2, a neuronal-specific K-Cl cotransporter, is involved in pain perception physiology through its effects on postsynaptic inhibition in spinal cord neurons. We injected a newly identified, highly potent and selective inhibitor of KCC2 (D4), an inactive structural variant (D4.14), and the Na-K-2Cl cotransporter (NKCC1) inhibitor, bumetanide, into the intrathecal space of mice to measure their effect on heat-evoked nociceptive responses.