miRNA-711 Binds and Activates TRPA1 Extracellularly to Evoke Acute and Chronic Pruritus.

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Increasing evidence suggests that extracellular miRNAs may serve as biomarkers of diseases, but the physiological relevance of extracellular miRNA is unclear. We find that intradermal cheek injection of miR-711 induces TRPA1-depedent itch (scratching) without pain (wiping) in naive mice. Extracellular perfusion of miR-711 induces TRPA1 currents in both Trpa1-expressing heterologous cells and native sensory neurons through the core sequence GGGACCC. Computer simulations reveal that the core sequence binds several residues at the extracellular S5-S6 loop of TRPA1, which are critical for TRPA1 activation by miR-711 but not allyl isothiocyanate. Intradermal inoculation of human Myla cells induces lymphoma and chronic itch in immune-deficient mice, associated with increased serum levels of miR-711, secreted from cancer cells. Lymphoma-induced chronic itch is suppressed by miR-711 inhibitor and a blocking peptide that disrupts the miR-711/TRPA1 interaction. Our findings demonstrated an unconventional physiological role of extracellular naked miRNAs as itch mediators and ion channel modulators.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Han, Q; Liu, D; Convertino, M; Wang, Z; Jiang, C; Kim, YH; Luo, X; Zhang, X; Nackley, A; Dokholyan, NV; Ji, R-R

Published Date

  • August 8, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 99 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 449 - 463.e6

PubMed ID

  • 30033153

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6091677

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4199

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.neuron.2018.06.039


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States