Background: More and more evidences show that non-coding RNAs are involved in neuropathic pain, however, there are few reports on the regulatory mechanism of competitive endogenous RNA (ceRNA) in neuropathic pain. The purpose of this study is to explore the possible molecular mechanisms of neuropathic pain.
Methods: We collected neuropathic pain-related microarray datasets providing expression profile of circular RNAs (circRNAs) and mRNAs from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) and then performed bioinformatics analysis on them.
Results: The present study has identified that up-regulated circRNAs primarily regulate the activity of focal adhesion-associated biological processes and down-regulated primarily regulate the activity of metabolic-associated biological processes by means of ceRNAs.
Conclusions: Our data suggest that circRNAs may be candidates for pathogenesis in neuropathic pain and may be considered as promising therapeutic targets in the future.