FXYD2, a γ subunit of Na⁺, K⁺-ATPase, maintains persistent mechanical allodynia induced by inflammation

Cell Res. 2015 Mar;25(3):318-34. doi: 10.1038/cr.2015.12. Epub 2015 Jan 30.


Na⁺, K⁺-ATPase (NKA) is required to generate the resting membrane potential in neurons. Nociceptive afferent neurons express not only the α and β subunits of NKA but also the γ subunit FXYD2. However, the neural function of FXYD2 is unknown. The present study shows that FXYD2 in nociceptive neurons is necessary for maintaining the mechanical allodynia induced by peripheral inflammation. FXYD2 interacted with α1NKA and negatively regulated the NKA activity, depolarizing the membrane potential of nociceptive neurons. Mechanical allodynia initiated in FXYD2-deficient mice was abolished 4 days after inflammation, whereas it persisted for at least 3 weeks in wild-type mice. Importantly, the FXYD2/α1NKA interaction gradually increased after inflammation and peaked on day 4 post inflammation, resulting in reduction of NKA activity, depolarization of neuron membrane and facilitation of excitatory afferent neurotransmission. Thus, the increased FXYD2 activity may be a fundamental mechanism underlying the persistent hypersensitivity to pain induced by inflammation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • COS Cells
  • Cell Line
  • Chlorocebus aethiops
  • Hyperalgesia / physiopathology*
  • Inflammation / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Membrane Potentials / physiology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Nociceptors / metabolism
  • Nociceptors / physiology*
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • Sodium-Potassium-Exchanging ATPase / genetics
  • Sodium-Potassium-Exchanging ATPase / metabolism*
  • Synaptic Transmission / physiology


  • RNA, Messenger
  • Fxyd2 protein, mouse
  • Sodium-Potassium-Exchanging ATPase