Fabry disease Schwann cells release p11 to induce sensory neuron hyperactivity

Tyler B. Waltz, Dongman Chao, Eve K. Prodoehl, Jonathan D. Enders, Vanessa L. Ehlers, Bhavya S. Dharanikota, Nancy M. Dahms, Elena Isaeva, Quinn H. Hogan, Bin Pan, Cheryl L. Stucky

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Patients with Fabry disease suffer from chronic debilitating pain and peripheral sensory neuropathy with minimal treatment options, but the cellular drivers of this pain are unknown. Here, we propose a mechanism we believe to be novel in which altered signaling between Schwann cells and sensory neurons underlies the peripheral sensory nerve dysfunction we observed in a genetic rat model of Fabry disease. Using in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological recordings, we demonstrated that Fabry rat sensory neurons exhibited pronounced hyperexcitability. Schwann cells probably contributed to this finding because application of mediators released from cultured Fabry Schwann cells induced spontaneous activity and hyperexcitability in naive sensory neurons. We examined putative algogenic mediators using proteomic analysis and found that Fabry Schwann cells released elevated levels of the protein p11 (S100A10), which induced sensory neuron hyperexcitability. Removal of p11 from Fabry Schwann cell media caused hyperpolarization of neuronal resting membrane potentials, indicating that p11 may contribute to the excessive neuronal excitability caused by Fabry Schwann cells. These findings demonstrate that sensory neurons from rats with Fabry disease exhibit hyperactivity caused in part by Schwann cell release of the protein p11.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere172869
JournalJCI insight
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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