Chemokine Signaling in Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathic Pain

Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Jun 14;20(12):2904. doi: 10.3390/ijms20122904.


Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a side effect of chemotherapics such as taxanes, vinca alkaloids, and platinum compounds. In recent years, several reports have indicated the involvement of different molecular mechanisms in CIPN. The pathways described so far are diverse and target various components of the peripheral Nervous System (PNS). Among the contributors to neuropathic pain, inflammation has been indicated as a powerful driver of CIPN. Several pieces of evidence have demonstrated a chemotherapy-induced increase in peripheral pro-inflammatory cytokines and a strong correlation with peripheral neuropathy. At present, there are not adequate strategies to prevent CIPN, although there are drugs for treating CIPN, such as duloxetine, that have displayed a moderate effect on CIPN. In this review, we focus on the players involved in CIPN with a particular emphasis on chemokine signaling.

Keywords: central nervous system; chemokines; chemotherapy; cytokines; inflammatory mediators; peripheral nervous system.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / toxicity
  • Chemokines / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Neuralgia / chemically induced
  • Neuralgia / metabolism*
  • Neuroglia / metabolism
  • Neurons / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction*


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Chemokines