(1/84) Cardiovascular and neuronal responses to head stimulation reflect central sensitization and cutaneous allodynia in a rat model of migraine.

Reduction of the threshold of cardiovascular and neuronal responses to facial and intracranial stimulation reflects central sensitization and cutaneous allodynia in a rat model of migraine. Current theories propose that migraine pain is caused by chemical activation of meningeal perivascular fibers. We previously found that chemical irritation of the dura causes trigeminovascular fibers innervating the dura and central trigeminal neurons receiving convergent input from the dura and skin to respond to low-intensity mechanical and thermal stimuli that previously induced minimal or no responses. One conclusion of these studies was that when low- and high-intensity stimuli induce responses of similar magnitude in nociceptive neurons, low-intensity stimuli must be as painful as the high-intensity stimuli. The present study investigates in anesthetized rats the significance of the changes in the responses of central trigeminal neurons (i.e., in nucleus caudalis) by correlating them with the occurrence and type of the simultaneously recorded cardiovascular responses. Before chemical stimulation of the dura, simultaneous increases in neuronal firing rates and blood pressure were induced by dural indentation with forces >/= 2.35 g and by noxious cutaneous stimuli such as pinching the skin and warming > 46 degrees C. After chemical stimulation, similar neuronal responses and blood pressure increases were evoked by much smaller forces for dural indentation and by innocuous cutaneous stimuli such as brushing the skin and warming it to >/= 43 degrees C. The onsets of neuronal responses preceded the onsets of depressor responses by 1.7 s and pressor responses by 4.0 s. The duration of neuronal responses was 15 s, whereas the duration of depressor responses was shorter (5.8 s) and pressor responses longer (22.7 s) than the neuronal responses. We conclude that the facilitated cardiovascular and central trigeminal neuronal responses to innocuous stimulation of the skin indicate that when dural stimulation induces central sensitization, innocuous stimuli are as nociceptive as noxious stimuli had been before dural stimulation and that a similar process might occur during the development of cutaneous allodynia during migraine.  (+info)

(2/84) Alteration of descending modulation of nociception during the course of monoarthritis in the rat.

Diffuse noxious inhibitory controls (DNIC), which involve supraspinal structures and modulate the transmission of nociceptive signals, were investigated at different stages during the development of adjuvant-induced monoarthritis in the rat. After behavioral evaluation, recordings of trigeminal convergent neurons were performed in anesthetized animals with acute (24-48 hr) or chronic (3-4 weeks) monoarthritis of the ankle. Inhibitions of C-fiber-evoked neuronal responses during and after the application of noxious conditioning stimuli to the ankle were measured to evaluate DNIC. The conditioning stimuli consisted of mechanical (maximal flexion and graded pressures) and graded thermal stimuli and were applied alternately to normal and arthritic ankles. Behaviorally, the two groups of animals exhibited a similar increased sensitivity to mechanical stimuli applied to the arthritic joint (i.e., an increased ankle-bend score and a decreased vocalization threshold to pressure stimuli). However, they showed different electrophysiological profiles. In the animals with acute monoarthritis, the DNIC-induced inhibitions produced by mechanical or thermal stimulation of the arthritic joint were significantly increased at all intensities compared with the normal joint. In contrast, in the chronic stage of monoarthritis, the DNIC-induced inhibitions triggered by thermal or pressure stimuli were similar for both ankles, except with the most intense mechanical stimuli. This discrepancy between the behavioral and electrophysiological findings suggests that inputs activated during chronic monoarthritis may fail to recruit DNIC and may thus be functionally different from those activated in the acute stage of inflammation.  (+info)

(3/84) Distribution of the low-affinity neurotrophin receptor (p75) in the developing trigeminal brainstem complex in the rat.

The low-affinity neurotrophin receptor (p75) binds all members of the neurotrophin family. In the rat, during the first week postpartum, dense p75-immunoreactivity (IR) is present throughout all components of the trigeminal brainstem complex (TBC), largely associated with primary sensory afferents. Within subnucleus caudalis (SpC) of the TBC, intense p75-IR is present in all laminae at birth. During the second and third postnatal weeks, p75-IR in SpC gradually fades within the deeper laminae, becoming generally restricted in the adult to laminae I and II. Similar declines in p75-IR intensity occur in the subnucleus oralis (SpO); in the SpO in the adult, p75-IR is confined to the dorsalmost portion of SpO. In subnucleus interpolaris, an emerging, vibrissa-related pattern of p75-IR is detectable on PD0 (first 24 hr postpartum), which becomes fully differentiated during PD4-PD7. However, this pattern gradually disappears during the third postnatal week. Ventrally in the nucleus principalis (PrV), a pattern of p75-IR that mirrors the topographical arrangement of the vibrissae is detectable by PD0-PD1, is fully differentiated by the end of the first postnatal week, and persists into adulthood. Perinatal unilateral sectioning of the infraorbital nerve on PD0-PD1, but not as late as PD4, disrupts p75-IR patterning in the adult PrV. Although p75 appears to be associated with primary afferent pattern formation, to determine whether it is essential, we examined mutant mice unable to form functional p75. In the TBC of these knockout mice, examined as adults, patterns of cytochrome oxidase staining (which parallel those of p75-IR) appeared to be normal. In summary, during early development, p75 is widely expressed in the TBC during periods of active synaptogenesis and pattern formation, whereas in the adult, its expression is restricted to association with populations of primary sensory afferents. However, the absence of functional p75 in genetically altered mice does not appear to prevent primary afferent pattern formation.  (+info)

(4/84) Changes in c-Fos expression induced by noxious stimulation in the trigeminal spinal nucleus caudalis and C1 spinal neurons of rats after hyperbaric exposure.

The present study aims to test the hypothesis that hyperbaric exposure inhibits nociceptive processing in the trigeminal spinal nucleus caudalis and C1 spinal neurons. We investigated the c-Fos-like immunoreactivity of the brainstem and upper cervical spinal cord (C1 region) following an injection of mustard oil (15 microliters of 20%) into the nasal mucosa of pentobarbital anesthetized rats after exposure to hyperbaric (2-atmospheres, 1 h) and normobaric pressures. After the hyperbaric exposure, the mean number of Fos-immunoreactive neurons in the ipsilateral laminae I-II and III-IV of the trigeminal spinal nucleus caudalis were significantly lower than those in the normobaric condition. Similarly, the mean number of c-Fos positive neurons in the superficial layer (I-II) of the ipsilateral C1 segment were significantly reduced as compared with that in the normobaric condition. When treated with the vehicle alone, no significant difference was detected in the numbers of c-Fos positive neurons in the trigeminal spinal nucleus caudalis and C1 regions between hyperbaric and normobaric conditions. These results suggest that hyperbaric exposure may attenuate nociceptive signals from the area innervated by the trigeminal nerves at the level of both the trigeminal spinal nucleus caudalis and C1 dorsal horn.  (+info)

(5/84) Non-NMDA glutamate receptors modulate capsaicin induced c-fos expression within trigeminal nucleus caudalis.

1. We examined the effects of the alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)/kainate receptor antagonists 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione (CNQX) and 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-6-nitro-2,3-dioxo-benzol[f]quinoxaline-7-sulpho namide (NBQX), the kainate receptor antagonists gamma-(R-)-glutamylaminomethanesulphonic acid (GAMS) and 6,7,8,9-tetrahydro-5-nitro-1H-benz[g]indole-2,3-dione-3-oxime (NS-102), and the group III metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR) agonist 2-amino-4-phosphono-S-butanoic acid (L-AP4) on c-fos-like immunoreactivity (c-fos LI) in trigeminal caudalis (Sp5C), lateral reticular (LRt), medullary reticular (Md) and solitary tract (Sol) nuclei, after intracisternal injection of capsaicin in urethane anaesthetized Sprague-Dawley rats. 2. Few c-fos labelled cells were observed within Sp5C in capsaicin-vehicle treated animals. The number of positive c-fos cells increased by 17 fold after intracisternal capsaicin (5 nmol) administration. 3. Pretreatment with CNQX (0.02, 0.1, 0.6, 3 and 15 mg kg-1) or NBQX (0.01, 0.1 and 1 mg kg-1), administered intraperitoneally 15 min before capsaicin, significantly reduced labelled cells within Sp5C by a maximum of 45 and 34%, respectively. The number of c-fox LI cells within LRt, Md and Sol was not affected. Pretreatment with L-AP4 (1, 3 and 10 mg kg-1) decreased the number of Sp5C c-fos LI cells by a maximum of 30%, whereas GAMS (1 and 10 mg kg-1) and NS-102 (1 and 5 mg kg-1) did not show any significant effect. 4. These results suggest that blockade of AMPA receptors, but not kainate receptors, or the activation of group III mGluRs, decrease the response of Sp5C neurons to trigeminovascular activation. Thus, in addition to NMDA receptors, mGluRs and AMPA receptors may modulate cephalic pain and may provide a potential therapeutic target for antimigraine drugs.  (+info)

(6/84) Cornea-responsive medullary dorsal horn neurons: modulation by local opioids and projections to thalamus and brain stem.

Previously, it was determined that microinjection of morphine into the caudal portion of subnucleus caudalis mimicked the facilitatory effects of intravenous morphine on cornea-responsive neurons recorded at the subnucleus interpolaris/caudalis (Vi/Vc) transition region. The aim of the present study was to determine the opioid receptor subtype(s) that mediate modulation of corneal units and to determine whether opioid drugs affected unique classes of units. Pulses of CO(2) gas applied to the cornea were used to excite neurons at the Vi/Vc ("rostral" neurons) and the caudalis/upper cervical spinal cord transition region (Vc/C1, "caudal" neurons) in barbiturate-anesthetized male rats. Microinjection of morphine sulfate (2.9-4.8 nmol) or the selective mu receptor agonist D-Ala, N-Me-Phe, Gly-ol-enkephalin (DAMGO; 1.8-15.0 pmol) into the caudal transition region enhanced the response in 7 of 27 (26%) rostral units to CO(2) pulses and depressed that of 10 units (37%). Microinjection of a selective delta ([D-Pen(2,5)] (DPDPE); 24-30 pmol) or kappa receptor agonist (U50488; 1.8-30.0 pmol) into the caudal transition region did not affect the CO(2)-evoked responses of rostral units. Caudal units were inhibited by local DAMGO or DPDPE but were not affected by U50,488H. The effects of DAMGO and DPDPE were reversed by naloxone (0.2 mg/kg iv). Intravenous morphine altered the CO(2)-evoked activity in a direction opposite to that of local DAMGO in 3 of 15 units, in the same direction as local DAMGO but with greater magnitude in 4 units, and in the same direction with equal magnitude as local DAMGO in 8 units. CO(2)-responsive rostral and caudal units projected to either the thalamic posterior nucleus/zona incerta region (PO/ZI) or the superior salivatory/facial nucleus region (SSN/VII). However, rostral units not responsive to CO(2) pulses projected only to SSN/VII and caudal units not responsive to CO(2) projected only to PO/ZI. It was concluded that the circuitry for opioid analgesia in corneal pain involves multiple sites of action: inhibition of neurons at the caudal transition region, by intersubnuclear connections to modulate rostral units, and by supraspinal sites. Local administration of opioid agonists modulated all classes of corneal units. Corneal stimulus modality was predictive of efferent projection status for rostral and caudal units to sensory thalamus and reflex areas of the brain stem.  (+info)

(7/84) Effects of a selective 5-HT(1B/1D) receptor agonist on spinal and trigeminal reflexes in the anaesthetized rabbit.

The effects of the 5-HT(1B/1D) receptor agonist L-741,604 on a trigeminally-mediated (jaw depressor) reflex and a spinally-mediated (flexion withdrawal) reflex have been compared between spinalized and intact, anaesthetized rabbits. L-741,604 depressed the jaw depressor reflex dose-dependently in all animals, to a median of 5% (inter-quartile range, IQR, 3 - 28%, n=18) of pre-drug levels after a cumulative dose of 3.1 micromol kg(-1) i.v. This effect was reversed by the 5-HT(1B/1D) antagonist GR 127,935 (1 - 2 micromol kg(-1) i.v.). The flexion withdrawal reflex was depressed by L-741, 604 in non-spinalized animals, to a median of 22% (IQR 10 - 36%, n=10) of pre-drug levels after the highest dose, an action that was reversed by GR 127,935. In spinalized rabbits, L-741,604 up to 0.3 micromol kg(-1) i.v. cumulative increased the flexion reflex to a median of 189% (IQR 169 - 198%, n=8) of pre-drug controls. With higher doses the reflex decreased, so that after 3.1 micromol kg(-1) it was 75% (IQR 55 - 96%) of pre-drug levels. Subsequent GR 127,935 increased reflexes to a median of 180% (IQR 136 - 219%) of controls. L-741,604 increased arterial blood pressure and decreased heart rate in both preparations, effects that were reversed by GR 127,935. Thus, when the spinal cord was intact L-741,604 inhibited spinal and trigeminal reflexes in the same way. Although spinalization enabled a non-5-HT(1B/1D)-mediated excitatory effect of L-741,604 on spinal reflexes, there was a clear inhibitory effect of the drug at high doses. These data suggest that L-741,604 inhibits spinal reflexes by increasing descending inhibition and by a direct action in the cord. The same processes could apply to inhibition of trigeminally-mediated events.  (+info)

(8/84) Substance P abolishes the facilitatory effect of ATP on spontaneous glycine release in neurons of the trigeminal nucleus pars caudalis.

Glycine release was facilitated by the activation of presynaptic ATP receptors (P(2X)-type) in a preparation of dissociated trigeminal nucleus pars caudalis neurons in which the native synaptic boutons were preserved. The action of ATP was completely blocked by substance P (SP) without alteration of the miniature IPSC (mIPSC) amplitude distribution. SP itself had no effect on mIPSC frequency or amplitude. The inhibitory effect of SP on ATP action was blocked by CP99994, indicating that the SP receptors are of the neurokinin-1 type. The ATP-induced facilitation of the mIPSC frequency was unaffected by Cd(2+). Moreover, SP did not inhibit the increase in mIPSC frequency induced high K(+) application, suggesting that SP did not modulate voltage-dependent calcium channels or subsequent steps in the release process. KT5720 and phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate did not block SP action, indicating that neither the cAMP-protein kinase A nor the protein kinase C pathway mediates the SP effects. However, in the presence of N-(6-aminohexyl)-5-chloro-1-naphthalene sulphonamide (W-7), SP was no longer able to inhibit the ATP-induced stimulation of mIPSC frequency. 1-[N,O-bis(5-isoquinolinesulfonyl)-N-methyl-l-tyrosyl]-4-phenylpiperazine also suppressed the SP action, suggesting that SP modulates P(2X) receptors via a Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II-mediated pathway. In conventional whole-cell mode, the presence of W-7 in the patch pipette did not affect the SP inhibitory action. Thus, SP is not likely to be generating its modulation through the production of a retrograde signal (involving calmodulin) from the postsynaptic cell to the presynaptic boutons. These results are the first demonstration of the modulation of one presynaptic receptor by another. Because SP inhibits the ATP stimulation of glycine release, SP may play a significant role in hyperalgesia or chronic pain.  (+info)