Intra-articular administration of an antibody against CSF-1 receptor reduces pain-related behaviors and inflammation in CFA-induced knee arthritis

P. A. Alvarado-Vazquez, C. E. Morado-Urbina, G. Castañeda-Corral, R. I. Acosta-Gonzalez, H. Kitaura, K. Kimura, T. Takano-Yamamoto, J. M. Jiménez-Andrade

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Several studies have shown that blockade of colony stimulating factor-1 (CSF-1) or its receptor (CSF-1R) inhibits disease progression in rodent models of rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, the role of the CSF-1/CSF-1R pathway in RA-induced pain and functional deficits has not been studied. Thus, we examined the effect of chronic intra-articular administration of a monoclonal anti-CSF-1R antibody (AFS98) on spontaneous pain, knee edema and functional disabilities in mice with arthritis. Unilateral arthritis was produced by multiple injections of complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) into the right knee joint of adult male ICR mice. CFA-injected mice were then treated twice weekly from day 10 until day 25 with anti-CSF-1R antibody (3 and 10. μg/5. μL per joint), isotype control (rat IgG 10. μg/5. μL per joint) or PBS (5. μl/joint). Knee edema, spontaneous flinching, vertical rearing and horizontal exploratory activity were assessed at different days. Additionally, counts of peripheral leukocytes and body weight were measured to evaluate general health status. Intra-articular treatment with anti-CSF-1R antibody significantly increased horizontal exploratory activity and vertical rearing as well as reduced spontaneous flinching behavior and knee edema as compared to CFA-induced arthritis mice treated with PBS. Treatment with this antibody neither significantly affect mouse body weight nor the number of peripheral leukocytes. These results suggest that blockade of CSF-1R at the initial injury site (joint) could represent a therapeutic alternative for improving the functional disabilities and attenuating pain and inflammation in patients with RA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


  • Arthritic pain
  • C-Fms
  • Intra-articular injection
  • Knee inflammation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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