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Long term facilitation (LTF) of C-fiber-evoked firing of wide dynamic range neurons in the spinal dorsal horn in response to conditioning stimulation (CS) of afferent fibers is a widely studied cellular model of spinal nociceptive sensitization. Although 100 Hz CS of primary afferent fibers is commonly used to induce spinal cord LTF, this frequency exceeds(More)
Chronic pain is a major problem since it is difficult to treat and the understanding of the underlying neurobiology is sparse. The mechanisms underpinning the transition of acute into chronic pain remain unclear. However, long-term potentiation (LTP) in spinal nociceptive systems may be one such mechanism. Here, we briefly review the literature regarding(More)
We have published several reports on long-term potentiation (LTP) in single spinal wide dynamic range (WDR) neurons (responding to both innocuous and noxious stimuli) in urethane-anaesthetised rats. The protocol presented here, with single unit recordings of dorsal horn neurons before and after a nociceptive conditioning stimulation, may be useful in many(More)
Long-term potentiation (LTP) in wide dynamic range (WDR) neurons in the dorsal horn has been suggested to contribute to central sensitization and the development of chronic pain. Indirect experimental evidence indicates an involvement of substance P (SP), in this respect. The aim of the present study was to monitor the extracellular level of substance(More)
It has been suggested that long-term potentiation (LTP) of dorsal horn neurons is a phenomenon that contributes to the development of chronic neuropathic pain. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may be an effective tool in alleviating such pain. The aim of this electrophysiological study in rats was to examine if SCS suppresses LTP of dorsal horn wide dynamic(More)
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