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Subthreshold membrane potential oscillation mediates the excitatory effect of norepinephrine in chronically compressed dorsal root ganglion neurons in the rat

Jun-Ling Xing, San-Jue Hu, Zhong Jian, Jian-Hong Duan
Pain 2003, 105 (1): 177-83
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Injured dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons often develop adrenergic sensitivity. To investigate the mechanisms of this phenomenon, the effects of norepinephrine (NE) on membrane potential of large- and medium-sized A-type neurons from chronically compressed DRG were recorded electrophysiologically in vitro. NE induced a depolarization in both control (26/36) and injured (56/62) neurons, whereas the incidence and amplitude of NE-induced depolarization in the injured neurons were significantly higher than that in controls. Following NE-induced depolarization, a subthreshold membrane potential oscillation (SMPO) was triggered or enhanced that initiated or increased repetitive firing in a fraction of injured neurons (15/56). After the SMPO was selectively abolished by application of tetrodotoxin (TTX), NE-induced depolarization failed to produce repetitive firing, even with a greater depolarization. Application of Rp-cAMPS (500 microM), a selective inhibitor of protein kinase A (PKA), decreased both SMPO and repetitive firing evoked by NE application or by intracellular current injection. Conversely, Sp-cAMPS (500 microM), a PKA activator, had a facilitating effect on both the SMPO and the repetitive firing. These results strongly suggest that a PKA mediated triggering and enhancement of SMPO may be responsible for the excitatory effects of NE on sensory neurons in neuropathic rats.

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