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Increased in vivo release of calcitonin gene-related peptide-like material from the spinal cord in arthritic rats.

Possible alterations in spinal systems containing calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) due to polyarthritis were assessed in rats 3-4 weeks after an intradermal injection of Freund's adjuvant in the low back. The tissue levels of CGRP-like material (CGRPLM) were approximately 50% higher in the dorsal zone of the spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia at both the cervical and lumbar (but not thoracic) segments in polyarthritic rats than in age-paired control animals. In addition the rate of the spinal release of CGRPLM determined through an intrathecal perfusion procedure in halothane-anaesthetized animals was approximately 15-fold higher in polyarthritic rats than in controls. The blockade of mu-opioid receptors by intrathecal perfusion with 10 microM naloxone produced a larger increase in the spontaneous CGRPLM outflow in polyarthritic rats than in age-paired controls. Furthermore, the stimulation of mu-opioid receptors by intrathecal perfusion with 10 microM DAGO significantly inhibited the spinal outflow of CGRPLM only in polyarthritic rats. These data indicate that CGRP-containing primary afferent fibres are markedly activated in chronic suffering polyarthritic rats. This activation occurs in spite of an increased tonic inhibitory control by endogenous opioids acting at mu receptors.[1]

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  1. Increased in vivo release of calcitonin gene-related peptide-like material from the spinal cord in arthritic rats. Collin, E., Mantelet, S., Frechilla, D., Pohl, M., Bourgoin, S., Hamon, M., Cesselin, F. Pain (1993) [Pubmed]
 
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