Substance P (SP) is linked to itch and inflammation through activation of receptors on mast cells and sensory neurons. There is increasing evidence that SP functions through Mas-related G protein–coupled receptors (Mrgprs) in addition to its conventional receptor, neurokinin-1.Objective
Because Mrgprs mediate some aspects of inflammation that had been considered mediated by neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R), we sought to determine whether itch induced by SP can also be mediated by Mrgprs.Methods
Genetic and pharmacologic approaches were used to evaluate the contribution of Mrgprs to SP-induced scratching behavior and activation of cultured dorsal root ganglion neurons from mice.Results
SP-induced scratching behavior and activation of cultured dorsal root ganglion neurons was dependent on Mrgprs rather than NK-1R.Conclusion
We deduce that SP activates MrgprA1 on sensory neurons rather than NK-1R to induce itch.