Christina Christianson

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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