Amy L Allen

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Chronic pain induces plastic changes in nociceptive sensory pathways, and is often accompanied and exacerbated by depression. Estrogen can influence nociceptive sensory processing, but the molecular mechanisms underlying sex differences in pain remain unclear. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) may orchestrate changes occurring during persistent pain(More)
Substance P (SP) has been widely studied as a mediator of nociception. The release of SP from primary afferent neurons is increased during nociception, and SP activates neurokinin-1 (NK-1) receptors in the spinal cord and periphery. Nociception-evoked alterations in NK-1 receptor gene expression have been studied in rat models of persistent pain but have(More)
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