All authors read and approved the final manuscript. Contributor Information Chao Li, Email: moc.liamg@oahcildc. Jun-nan Li, Email: ude.iupui@ilnnuj. Joanne Kays, Email: ude.iupui@jsyak. Miguel Guerrero, Email: ude.sppircs@gleugim. Grant D Nicol, Email: ude.iupui@locing.. augment the excitability. Pooled siRNA targeted to S1PR1 and R3 also blocked the enhanced excitability produced by S1P. Consistent with the siRNA results, pretreatment with W146 and CAY10444, selective antagonists for S1PR1 and S1PR3, respectively, prevented the S1P-induced increase in neuronal excitability. Similarly, S1P failed to augment excitability after pretreatment with either VPC 23019, which is a S1PR1 and R3 antagonist, or VPC 44116, the phosphonate analog of VPC 23019. Acute exposure (10 to 15?min) to either of the well-established functional antagonists, FTY720 or CYM-5442, produced a significant increase in the excitability. Moreover, after a 1-h pretreatment with FTY720 (an agonist for S1PR1/R3/R4/R5), neither SEW2871 (S1PR1 selective agonist) nor S1P augmented the excitability. However, after pretreatment with CYM-5442 (selective for S1PR1), SEW2871 was ineffective, but S1P increased the GSK1016790A excitability of some, but not all, sensory neurons. Conclusions These results demonstrate that this enhanced excitability produced by S1P is usually mediated GSK1016790A by activation of S1PR1 and/or S1PR3. for 1?min, and the supernatant was replaced by 1?ml?F-12 medium containing 1?mg collagenase IA and 2.5?mg dispase II (Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis, IN, USA). The DRGs were resuspended and incubated at 37C for 20?min. The suspension was centrifuged for 1?min at 2000??analyses were performed using a Holm-Sidak all-pairs test. If the data set failed the normality test, a Kruskal-Wallis one-way ANOVA on ranks was performed, followed by a Tukey or Dunns all pairwise test. The results were considered statistically significant when the value was 0.05 (SigmaStat 3.5 software). Chemicals F-12 Nutrient Mixture (Gibco Catalog # 21700C075) was supplemented with the following per liter: 1.18?g NaHCO3 (Sigma cat # S6014), 1X (2?mM) L-glutamine (Gibco cat # 25030C081), 50 models penicillin-50?mg/ml streptomycin (Gibco cat #15070-063), 10% heat-inactivated horse serum (Gibco cat #26050-088), 9?g/ml 5-fluoro-2-deoyuridine (Sigma cat # F-0503), and 21?g/ml uridine (Sigma cat #U-3750). S1P and VPC 23019 were obtained from Avanti Polar Lipids (Alabaster, AL, USA); S1P was dissolved according to the manufacturers instructions (http://www.avantilipids.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1114&Itemid=173&catnumber=860492). Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), W146, FTY720, sphingosine kinase inhibitor II (SKI-II), SEW2871, and CAY10444 were purchased from Cayman Chemical (Ann Arbor, MI, USA). CYM-5442 was purchased from Tocris Bioscience (Bristol, UK). VPC 44116 was a nice gift from Dr. Kevin R. Lynch, University of Virginia. All other chemicals were obtained from Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis, MO, USA). PGE2, W146, FTY720, SKI-II, SEW2871, CAY10444, VPC 23019, and VPC 44116 were dissolved in 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (MPL). The MPL stock solutions were then diluted with Ringers treatment for yield the appropriate concentrations. The vehicle, MPL was typically used at 1,000- to 5,000-fold dilutions. Our earlier studies exhibited that MPL does not affect the potassium or sodium currents in the DRG sensory neurons [9,20]. Results siRNAs effectively and FZD6 specifically knock down S1PR expression Our previous studies exhibited that S1PR1 played a predominate, but not unique, role in augmenting the excitability of rat sensory neurons . These results raise the question as to which other S1PRs contribute to the S1P-mediated sensitization. The existing literature indicates that in other model systems as well as in the nervous system S1PR1, R2, and R3 play important although varied functions in modulating cellular function; however, the impact of S1PR4 and R5 are poorly comprehended. To explore the idea GSK1016790A that S1PR1, R2, and R3 are key players in the S1P-mediated sensitization, siRNA targeted to these S1PRs were designed and their ability to reduce the expression of their respective receptor was measured by qPCR. Our previous results showed that siRNA targeted to GSK1016790A S1PR1 reduced its expression by about 75% ; this.