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Prochlorperazine Increases KCC2 Function and Reduces Spasticity after Spinal Cord Injury.

Liabeuf S, Stuhl-Gourmand L, Gackière F, Mancuso R, Sanchez Brualla I, Marino P, Brocard F, Vinay L.
J Neurotrauma. n°34 vol 24 3397-3406 (2017)

In mature neurons, low intracellular chloride level required for inhibition is maintained by the potassium-chloride cotransporter, KCC2. Impairment of Cl extrusion after KCC2 dysfunction has been involved in many central nervous system disorders, such as seizures, neuropathic pain, or spasticity, after a spinal cord injury (SCI). This makes KCC2 an appealing drug target for restoring Cl homeostasis and inhibition in pathological conditions. In the present study, we screen the Prestwick Chemical Library® and identify conventional antipsychotics phenothiazine derivatives as enhancers of KCC2 activity. Among them, prochlorperazine hyperpolarizes the Cl equilibrium potential in motoneurons of neonatal rats and restores the reciprocal inhibition post-SCI. The compound alleviates spasticity in chronic adult SCI rats with an efficacy equivalent to the antispastic agent, baclofen, and rescues the SCI-induced downregulation of KCC2 in motoneurons below the lesion. These pre-clinical data support prochlorperazine for a new therapeutic indication in the treatment of spasticity post-SCI and neurological disorders involving a KCC2 dysfunction.

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