TRPA1 contributes to the acute inflammatory response and mediates carrageenan-induced paw edema in the mouse

Sci Rep. 2012;2:380. doi: 10.1038/srep00380. Epub 2012 Apr 24.


Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is an ion channel involved in thermosensation and nociception. TRPA1 is activated by exogenous irritants and also by oxidants formed in inflammatory reactions. However, our understanding of its role in inflammation is limited. Here, we tested the hypothesis that TRPA1 is involved in acute inflammatory edema. The TRPA1 agonist allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) induced inflammatory edema when injected intraplantarly to mice, mimicking the classical response to carrageenan. Interestingly, the TRPA1 antagonist HC-030031 and the cyclo-oxygenase (COX) inhibitor ibuprofen inhibited not only AITC but also carrageenan-induced edema. TRPA1-deficient mice displayed attenuated responses to carrageenan and AITC. Furthermore, AITC enhanced COX-2 expression in HEK293 cells transfected with human TRPA1, a response that was reversed by HC-030031. This study demonstrates a hitherto unknown role of TRPA1 in carrageenan-induced inflammatory edema. The results also strongly suggest that TRPA1 contributes, in a COX-dependent manner, to the development of acute inflammation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetanilides / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Carrageenan / toxicity*
  • Edema / chemically induced
  • Edema / prevention & control*
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Ibuprofen / pharmacology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Purines / pharmacology
  • TRPA1 Cation Channel
  • Transient Receptor Potential Channels / agonists
  • Transient Receptor Potential Channels / physiology*


  • 2-(1,3-dimethyl-2,6-dioxo-1,2,3,6-tetrahydro-7H-purin-7-yl)-N-(4-isopropylphenyl)acetamide
  • Acetanilides
  • Purines
  • TRPA1 Cation Channel
  • Transient Receptor Potential Channels
  • Trpa1 protein, mouse
  • Carrageenan
  • Ibuprofen