Christina Christianson

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune arthritis that affects approximately 1% of the population. Synovial inflammation cannot fully explain the level of pain reported by patients and facilitation of pain processing at the spinal level has been implicated. We characterized the K/BxN serum transfer arthritis model as a model of joint(More)
Persistent pain after resolution of clinically appreciable signs of arthritis poses a therapeutic challenge, and immunosuppressive therapies do not meet this medical need. To investigate this conversion to persistent pain, we utilized the K/BxN serum transfer arthritis model, which has persistent mechanical hypersensitivity despite the resolution of visible(More)
We previously demonstrated that activation of the Parathyroid Hormone Receptor (PTH1R) in osteoblastic cells increases the Notch ligand Jagged1 and expands hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) through Notch signaling. However, regulation of Jagged1 by PTH in osteoblasts is poorly understood. The present study demonstrates that PTH treatment increases Jagged1(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Intrathecal administration of alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonists produces potent analgesia. This study addressed the subtype of spinal alpha(2)-adrenoceptor responsible for the analgesic effects of i.t. dexmedetomidine and ST-91 in the formalin behavioural model and their effects on primary afferent substance P (SP) release and spinal Fos(More)
Oral and subcutaneous administration of 16,16-dimethylprostaglandin E2 (16,16-dimethyl PGE2) resulted in an increase in the dry weight of the stomach and small intestine of the female rat. This weight response was rapid, controlled rather than continuously progressing, dose dependent and reversible. The dry weight of the colon also increased but this was(More)
During peripheral immune activation caused by an infection or an inflammatory condition, the innate immune response signals to the brain and causes an up-regulation of central nervous system (CNS) cytokine production. Central actions of proinflammatory cytokines, in particular IL-1β, are pivotal for the induction of fever and fatigue. In the present study,(More)
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have been implicated in the modulation of synaptic plasticity, glial activation, and long-term potentiation in the CNS. Here we demonstrate for the first time a mechanism for the regulation of nociceptive processing by spinal MMP-3 during peripheral inflammation. We first determined by western blotting that the catalytic(More)
Chronic pain has profound effects on activity. Previous reports indicate chronic inflammatory conditions result in reduced activity which normalizes upon pain treatment. However, there is little systematic investigation of this process. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes significant joint pain. The K/BxN serum transfer mouse has been(More)
Thymidine uptake in the organs of the gastrointestinal tract of the rat was studied to determine if cell synthesis was involved in the increases in weight of the stomach, small intestine and colon which result from treatment with 16,16-dimethyl prostaglandin E2 (16,16-dimethyl PGE2). Animals were treated for 2 days with 16,16-dimethyl PGE2. They were(More)
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