Michael Caterina

Solomon H. Snyder Professor of Neurosurgery Director, Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute at Johns Hopkins


725 N. Wolfe St. 408 Biophysics Building Baltimore MD 21205


Biological Chemistry, Neuroscience

My lab studies mechanisms underlying pain sensation, using a combination of mouse genetics and a range of in vitro and in vivo assays that include behavior, electrophysiology, imaging, neuroanatomy, and biochemistry. Among the areas of focus in the lab are the following: 1) Understanding the contributions of ion channel proteins of the Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid (TRPV) family to pain and temperature sensation; 2) Dissecting the cellular and molecular events that contribute to neuropathic pain and exploring strategies to reverse this condition; 2) Understanding the mechanisms by which keratinocytes and other nonneuronal cell types contribute to pain states in both animal models and human patients; 3) Developing novel assays and reagents for the quantification, characterization, and modulation of pain; 4) Understanding the mechanisms of neuronal plasticity that lead to chronic inflammatory pain.

Wang L., Jiang X., Zheng Q., Jeon S.M., Chen T., Kulaga H., Reed R., Dong X., Caterina M.J., and Qu L. Neuronal FcgRI mediates acute and chronic joint pain through a noninflammatory mechanism J Clin Invest. 2019 Jun 18;130. pii: 128010. doi: 10.1172/JCI128010. PMID:31211699

Jeon S, Caterina MJ (2018) Peripheral Mechanisms of Warmth Transduction. In: Thermoregulation, Elsevier, A. Romanovsky Ed. Handb Clin Neurol. 156:69-82. PMID:30454610

Weinberg, R.L., Polydefkis, M., Coulombe, P.A., and Caterina, M.J. Pain mechanisms in hereditary palmoplantar keratodermas Mar 18. doi: 10.1111/bjd.17880. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID:30883689

Qu, L. and Caterina MJ (2018) Accelerating the Reversal of Inflammatory Pain with NPD1 and its Receptor GPR37. J. Clin. Invest. PMID: 30010628

Solís-López A., Kriebs U., Marx A., Mannebach S., Liedtke WB., Caterina MJ., Freichel M., and Tsvilovskyy VV. (2017) Analysis of TRPV channels as downstream target of FCεRI and MRGPR stimulation in mouse peritoneal mast cells PLoS One Feb 3;12(2):e0171366. PMID:28158279

Cabanero, D., Irie, T., Celorrio, M., Trousdale, C., Owens, D., Virley, D., Albrecht, P., Caterina, M., Rice, F., and Moron, J.A., (2016) Identification of an epidermal keratinocyte AMPA glutamate receptor involved in dermatopathies associated with sensory abnormalities Pain ReportsSep;1(3). pii: e573. PMID: 28210712

Pan, B., Byrnes, K., Schwartz, M., Hansen, C.D., Campbell, C., Krupiczojc, M., Caterina, M., and Polydefkis, M. (2016) Peripheral neuropathic changes in Pachyonychia Congenita Pain Dec;157(12):2843-2853.PMID: 27776012

Qu L, Caterina MJ. (2016) Enhanced excitability and suppression of A-type K(+) currents in joint sensory neurons in a murine model of antigen-induced arthritis. Sci Rep. 2016 Jul 1;6:28899. PMID: 27363579 Munns CH, Chung MK, Amzel

LM, and Caterina MJ. (2015) Role of the outer pore domain in TRPV1 dynamic permeability to large cations. J. Biol Chem. 290: 5707-5724. PMID: 25568328

Pang Z, Sakamoto T, Kim YS, Yang F, Guan Y, Dong X, Guler A, Caterina MJ. Keratinocyte stimulation is sufficient to evoke nociception in the mouse (2015) Pain Apr;156(4):656-65. (cover article) PMID: 25790456

Hua ZL, Jeon S, Caterina MJ, and Nathans JN. Frizzled3 is required for the development of multiple axon tracts in the mouse central nervous system. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. Jul 22;111(29):E3005-14.PMID: 24799694

Kim YS, Chu Y, Han L, Li M, Li Z, LaVinka PC, Sun S, Tang Z, Park K, Caterina MJ, Ren K, Dubner R, Wei F and Dong X. Central Terminal Sensitization of TRPV1 by Descending Serotonergic Facilitation Modulates Chronic Pain. Neuron (2014) Feb 19;81(4):873-87. PMID: 24462040

Caterina MJ (2014) TRP channel cannabinoid targets and skin inflammation ACS Chem Neurosci. 5(11):1107-16 PMID: 24915599

Park U, Vastani N, Guan Y, Raja S, Koltzenberg M. and Caterina MJ. TRPV2 knockout mice are susceptible to perinatal lethality but display normal thermal and mechanical nociception (2011) J Neurosci. 31(32):1142 PubMed Reference

Huang SM, Li X, Yu Y, Wang J, Caterina MJ. TRPV3 and TRPV4 ion channels are not major contributors to mouse heat sensation. (2011) Mol Pain. 2011 May 17;7(1):37. PubMed Reference

Cheng X, Jin, J, Hu L, Shen D, Dong X, Samie MA, Knoff J, Eisinger B, Liu M, Huang SM, Caterina MJ, Dempsey P, Michael E, Dlugosz A, Andrews NC, Clapham DE, and Xu H. A Keratinocyte TRP Channel Controls Hair Morphogenesis and Skin Barrier Formation via EGFR signaling and Transglutaminase Activity. (2010) Cell 141, 331-343. PubMed Reference

Link TM, Park U, Vonakis BM, Raben DM, Soloski MJ, Caterina MJ. TRPV2 has a pivotal role in macrophage particle binding and phagocytosis. (2010) Nature Immunology 11, 232-239. PubMed Reference

Landouré G, Zdebik AA, Martinez TL, Burnett BG, Stanescu HC, Inada H, Shi Y, Taye AA, Kong L, Munns CH, Choo SS, Phelps CB, Paudel R, Houlden H, Ludlow CL, Caterina MJ, Gaudet R, Kleta R, Fischbeck KH, Sumner CJ. Mutations in TRPV4 cause Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2C Nature Genet. (2010) Feb;42(2):170-4. PubMed Reference

Huang SM, Lee H, Chung MK, Park, U, Yu YY, Bradshaw H, Coulombe PA, Walker JM, and Caterina MJ. Skin keratinocyte TRPV3 ion channels modulate pain sensitivity via prostaglandin E2. (2008) J. Neurosci. 28, 13727- 13737. PubMed Reference

Chung MK, Guler AD and Caterina MJ. TRPV1 exhibits dynamic ionic selectivity during agonist stimulation. (2008) Nature Neuroscience 11, 555-564 (Highlighted in Nat Neurosci. 2008 May;11(5):528-9) PubMed Reference

Moussaieff A, Rimmerman N, Bregman T, Straiker A, Felder CC, Shoham S, Kashman Y, Huang SM, Lee H, Shohami E, Mackie K, Caterina MJ, Walker JM, Fride E and Mechoulam R. Incensole acetate, an incense component, elicits psychoactivity by activating TRPV3 channels in the brain (2008) FASEB J 22(8):3024-34. PubMed Reference

Lumpkin EA and Caterina MJ. Mechanisms of Sensory Transduction in the Skin. (2007) Nature 445(7130):858-65. PubMed Reference

Birder L, Negoita F, Lee H, de Groat W, Kanai A, Barrick S, Meyers S, and Caterina, MJ. Activation of Urothelial-TRPV4 by 4a-PDD contributes to altered bladder reflexes in the rat. (2007) J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 323(1):227-35. PubMed Reference

Sidhaye VK, Guler AD, Schweitzer KS, D’Alessio F, Caterina MJ and King LS Transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 regulates aquaporin-5 abundance under hypotonic conditions. (2006) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA 103(12):4747-52. PubMed Reference

Shimizu I, Iida T, Horiuchi N and Caterina MJ. 5-Iodoresiniferatoxin evokes hypothermia in mice and is a partial TRPV1 agonist in vitro .(2005) J. Pharm. Exp. Ther., 314:1378-85. PubMed Reference

Shimizu I, Iida T, Guan Y, Zhao C, Raja SN, Jarvis MF, Cockayne DA, and Caterina MJ. Enhanced thermal avoidance in mice lacking the ATP receptor P2X3. (2005) Pain, 116, 96-108. PubMed Reference

Pogatzki-Zahn E,, Shimizu I, Caterina MJ and Raja SN. Heat hyperalgesia after incision requires TRPV1 and is distinct from pure inflammatory pain. (2005) Pain, 115, 296-307. PubMed Reference

Chung MK, Guler AD, and Caterina MJ. Biphasic currents evoked by chemical or thermal activation of the heat-gated ion channel, TRPV3. (2005) J. Biol Chem. 280, 15928-15941. PubMed Reference

Lee H, Iida T, Mizuno A, Suzuki M, Caterina MJ. Altered thermal preference in mice lacking TRPV4. (2005) J. Neurosci. 25 1304-10. PubMed Reference

Iida T, Shimizu I, Nealen ML, Campbell, A., and Caterina MJ. Attenuated fever response in mice lacking TRPV1. (2005) Neurosci. Lett. 378, 28-33. PubMed Reference

Chung MK, Lee H, Mizuno A, Suzuki M, Caterina MJ. 2-aminonethoxydiphenyl borate activates and sensitizes the heat-gated ion channel, TRPV3. (2004) J. Neurosci. 24, 5177-5182. PubMed Reference

Chung MK, Lee H, Mizuno A, Suzuki M, Caterina MJ . TRPV3 and TRPV4 mediate warmth-evoked currents in primary mouse keratinocytes. (2004) J Biol. Chem. 279, 21569-21575. PubMed Reference

Nealen M, Thut P, Gold M and Caterina MJ. TRPM8 is expressed in a subset of cold-responsive trigeminal neurons from rat. (2003) J. Neurophysiology 90, 515-520. PubMed Reference

Birder LA, Nakamura Y, Kiss S, Nealen ML, Barrick S, Kanai AJ, Wang E, Ruiz G, De Groat WC, Apodaca G, Watkins S, Caterina M.J. Altered urinary bladder function in mice lacking the vanilloid receptor TRPV1. (2002) Nature Neurosci. 5, 856-860. PubMed Reference

Guler A, Lee H, Iida T, Shimizu I, Tominaga M, and Caterina MJ. Heat-evoked activation of the ion channel, TRPV4. (2002) J. Neurosci. 22, 6408-6414. PubMed Reference

Caterina MJ, Leffler A, Malmberg A, Martin W, Trafton J, Petersen-Zeitz KR, Koltzenberg M, Basbaum A and Julius D (2000) Impaired nociception and pain sensation in mice lacking the capsaicin receptor. Science 288, 306-313. (cover article) PubMed Reference

Caterina MJ, Rosen A, Tominaga M, Brake AJ, and Julius D (1999) A capsaicin receptor homologue with a threshold for noxius heat. Nature, 398, 436-441. PubMed Reference

Caterina MJ, Schumacher M, Tominaga M,, Rosen TA, Levine JD and Julius, D. The capsaicin receptor, a heat-activated ion channel in the pain pathway. (1997) Nature, 389, 816-824. PubMed Reference