Frances Foong

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In barbiturate anaesthetized cats, dorsal column stimulation inhibited ascending volleys recorded in the antero-lateral spinal fasciculus from electrical stimulation of the contralateral tibial nerve and the excitation of neurones of the dorsal horn by noxious heating of the skin. The inhibition was non-selective. Intravenous bicuculline (0.2-0.6 mg/kg)(More)
In barbiturate anaesthetized cats, tonic inhibition of the excitation of lumbar dorsal horn neurones by impulses in unmyelinated primary afferents was measured by reversibly cooling the spinal cord at the thoraco-lumbar junction. Tonic inhibition was reduced by microinjection of the GABA analogue, piperidine-4-sulphonic acid (2.5 nM in 0.5 microliter)(More)
Single neuronal responses induced by micro-application of bradykinin solution to the tooth pulp of the rabbit were recorded in the subnucleus reticularis dorsalis and trigeminal subnucleus caudalis and characterized by intermittent episodes of paroxysmal activities. Carbamazepine, the primary agent for trigeminal neuralgia, suppressed such a paroxysmal(More)
A pain-producing substance, bradykinin (0.63--1.25 ng in 0.5--1.0 microliter of distilled water), was applied onto the tooth pulp of the lower incisor of unrestrained rats through a cannula fixed on the surfaces of the incisors using a microsyringe. Such a microapplication of bradykinin induced biting response and other aversive behaviors. When the(More)
The influence of naloxone (a narcotic antagonist), bicuculline (a GABA antagonist), phentolamine (an alpha-blocking agent), propranolol (a beta-adrenergic blocking agent), haloperidol (a dopaminergic blocking agent), methysergide (a serotonergic blocking agent) and atropine (a muscarinic blocking agent), on the antinociceptive effects induced by(More)
A method was developed to allow detection of the probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis LAFTI B94 in human clinical samples. A new probe, Laf94p, was developed to accomplish colony hybridization of B. lactis B94. PCR detection of B94 was also achieved using the species-specific (B. lactis) primer pair. These tests and probes allowed detection and quantification(More)
In barbiturate anaesthetized cats, electrical stimulation in the periaqueductal grey (PAG) selectively inhibited the excitation of multireceptive dorsal horn neurons by noxious heating of the skin or by electrical stimulation of unmyelinated primary afferents. Intravenous methysergide (0.2-1.0 mg/kg) had opposing effects on uninhibited responses, increasing(More)
Ventral root reflexes and ascending volleys to stimulation of group I muscle afferents, large diameter cutaneous afferents and unmyelinated primary afferents were examined in barbiturate anaesthetized spinal cats. Intravenous naloxone (0.05-0.10 mg/kg) increased reflexes to stimulation of all primary afferent types but of the ascending volleys, only those(More)
Effects of cyclazocine on the evoked-potentials at the trigeminal subnucleus caudalis, nucleus ventralis posteromedialis of the thalamus, somatosensory S1 area of the cerebral cortex and dorsal hippocampus following electrical stimulation of the tooth-pulp were studied using the rabbit. Pentazocine and morphine were used as reference drugs. Cyclazocine in(More)
Cyclazocine, a benzomorphan derivative, suppressed the flexor reflex of the hind-limb of intact rats induced by intra-arterial injection of bradykinin, a potent pain-producing substance, in a dose-dependent manner, without remarkable influence on motor performance. This suppressive effect was antagonized by naloxone, a specific opiate antagonist. The ED50(More)