Separation of A- versus C-nociceptive inputs into spinal-brainstem circuits

DM Parry, FM MacMillan, S Koutsikou, S McMullan, BM Lumb

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This study was designed to determine the organization of nociceptive inputs with different behavioral significance into spinal-brainstem circuits in the rat. Induction of Fos protein was used to localize spinal dorsal horn and hypothalamic neurons activated by noxious heating of the hind paw dorsum at rates known to preferentially activate C- or A-heat nociceptors. This was combined with retrograde transport of cholera toxin subunit B from the dorsolateral/lateral- (DL/L-) or the ventrolateral- (VL-) periaqueductal gray (PAG) in order to map the organization of A- and C-fiber input to spinal-brainstem circuits. The majority of dorsal horn heat-activated neurons were located in laminae I and II. A significantly larger proportion of C-fiber-activated neurons projected to the VL-PAG (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1076 - 1085
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

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