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Role of calcitonin gene-related peptide and its antagonist on the evoked discharge frequency of wide dynamic range neurons in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in rats

Yi Yu, Thomas Lundeberg, Long Chuan Yu
Regulatory Peptides 2002 January 15, 103 (1): 23-7
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The present study was performed to explore the effect of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and its antagonist CGRP8-37 on the evoked discharge frequency of wide dynamic range (WDR) neurons in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in rats. Recording was performed with a multibarrelled glass micropipette and the chemicals were delivered by iontophoresis. The discharge of WDR neurons was evoked by transdermic electrical stimulation applied on the ipsilateral hindpaw. (1) Iontophoretic application of CGRP at an ejection current of 100 nA increased the discharge frequency of WDR neurons significantly. (2) Iontophoretic application of CGRP8-37 at an ejection current of 80 or 160 nA induced significant decreases in the discharge frequency of WDR neurons, but not at 40 nA. (3) Iontophoretic application of CGRP8-37 not only antagonized the CGRP-induced increase in the evoked discharge frequency of WDR neurons but also induced a significant decrease in the evoked discharge frequency of WDR neurons compared to basal levels. The results indicate that CGRP and its receptors play a facilitary role on the transmission and/or modulation of nociceptive information in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in rats.

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