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The mechanism of action of acetaminophen is currently widely discussed. Direct inhibition of cyclooxygenase isoforms remains the commonly advanced hypothesis. We combined behavioral studies with molecular techniques to investigate the mechanism of action of acetaminophen in a model of tonic pain in rats. We show that acetaminophen indirectly stimulates(More)
BACKGROUND The mechanism of action of paracetamol (acetaminophen) remains elusive because it is still under discussion as to whether it acts locally and/or centrally. The primary aim of this study was to clarify its site(s) of action (central and/or local) using the rat formalin test. METHODS Spontaneous biting and licking of the injected paw following(More)
BACKGROUND Hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha (HIF-1alpha) is part of a transcriptional factor that regulates genes involved in metabolic and vascular adaptation of tumours to oxygen restriction. A splicing variant lacking exon 14 (sHIF-1alpha) encodes a truncated protein that competes with the normal HIF-1alpha protein, decreasing its activity. A natural(More)
The regulation of nociceptive processing by 5-HT at the spinal level is intricate since the neurotransmitter has been implicated in both pro and antinociception. The aim of our study was to investigate, according to the nature of the noxious stimulus, how the blockade of spinal 5-HT(1A) receptors could influence the antinociceptive actions of exogenous 5-HT(More)
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