Transcriptional regulator PRDM12 is essential for human pain perception

Ya Chun Chen, Michaela Auer-Grumbach, Shinya Matsukawa, Manuela Zitzelsberger, Andreas C. Themistocleous, Tim M. Strom, Chrysanthi Samara, Adrian W. Moore, Lily Ting Yin Cho, Gareth T. Young, Caecilia Weiss, Maria Schabhüttl, Rolf Stucka, Annina B. Schmid, Yesim Parman, Luitgard Graul-Neumann, Wolfram Heinritz, Eberhard Passarge, Rosemarie M. Watson, Jens Michael HertzUte Moog, Manuela Baumgartner, Enza Maria Valente, Diego Pereira, Carlos M. Restrepo, Istvan Katona, Marina Dusl, Claudia Stendel, Thomas Wieland, Fay Stafford, Frank Reimann, Katja Von Au, Christian Finke, Patrick J. Willems, Michael S. Nahorski, Samiha S. Shaikh, Ofélia P. Carvalho, Adeline K. Nicholas, Gulshan Karbani, Maeve A. McAleer, Maria Roberta Cilio, John C. McHugh, Sinead M. Murphy, Alan D. Irvine, Uffe Birk Jensen, Reinhard Windhager, Joachim Weis, Carsten Bergmann, Bernd Rautenstrauss, Jonathan Baets, Peter De Jonghe, Mary M. Reilly, Regina Kropatsch, Ingo Kurth, Roman Chrast, Tatsuo Michiue, David L H Bennett, C. Geoffrey Woods, Jan Senderek

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© 2015 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved.Pain perception has evolved as a warning mechanism to alert organisms to tissue damage and dangerous environments. In humans, however, undesirable, excessive or chronic pain is a common and major societal burden for which available medical treatments are currently suboptimal. New therapeutic options have recently been derived from studies of individuals with congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP). Here we identified 10 different homozygous mutations in PRDM12 (encoding PRDI-BF1 and RIZ homology domain-containing protein 12) in subjects with CIP from 11 families. Prdm proteins are a family of epigenetic regulators that control neural specification and neurogenesis. We determined that Prdm12 is expressed in nociceptors and their progenitors and participates in the development of sensory neurons in Xenopus embryos. Moreover, CIP-associated mutants abrogate the histone-modifying potential associated with wild-type Prdm12. Prdm12 emerges as a key factor in the orchestration of sensory neurogenesis and may hold promise as a target for new pain therapeutics.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)803-808
Number of pages6
JournalNature Genetics
Issue number2015
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


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