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After mechanical injury of a peripheral nerve some axotomized afferent neurons develop spontaneous activity, which is thought to trigger abnormal pain behavior in rats and neuropathic pain in humans. Here, we analysed the ectopic activity in axotomized afferent fibers recorded from the L5 dorsal root in different time periods after L5 spinal nerve lesion(More)
1. Reflex patterns were analyzed in spontaneously active postganglionic vasoconstrictor neurons supplying skeletal muscle [muscle vasoconstrictor (MVC) neurons] and hairy skin [cutaneous vasoconstrictor (CVC) neurons] of the rat hindlimb. Postganglionic activity was recorded from single units and from filaments containing the axons of several spontaneously(More)
1. We examined the functional properties of unmyelinated primary afferent neurones innervating the pelvic viscera in twenty-five anaesthetized cats. The axons were isolated from the intact dorsal root and the intact or chronically de-efferented ventral root of the segment S2. All units were electrically identified with electrical stimulation of the pelvic(More)
Mechanical allodynia- and hyperalgesia-like behavior which develops in rats after L5 spinal nerve lesion has been suggested to be due to ectopic activity in the lesioned afferent neurons originating at the lesion site and/or in the dorsal root ganglion because it is eliminated by section of the dorsal root. Here we reevaluated the effect of a dorsal(More)
Rhythmicity in single fiber postganglionic activity supplying the rat tail. The temporal pattern of ongoing sympathetic vasoconstrictor activity may play an important role for neurovascular transmission. Here we analyzed the activity of postganglionic fibers projecting into the ventral collector nerve of anesthetized and artificially ventilated vagotomized(More)
Following nerve injury, modified somatic ion channels may underlie ectopic activity in axotomized A-type neurones in dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) leading to abnormal pain signalling. Using intracellular microelectrodes both in vivo and in vitro, action potentials (APs) were recorded in rat DRG neurones classified by axonal conduction velocity. After lesions(More)
1. Synaptic events evoked by brief noxious cutaneous stimuli were recorded in sympathetic neurones in the superior cervical ganglion of anaesthetized rats. 2. On-going excitatory synaptic potentials (ESPs) and/or action potentials (APs) were recorded in 69% of neurones at mean frequencies that varied from 0.01 to 6.3 Hz in different cells. From histograms(More)
1. The present study has investigated the receptive properties of myelinated mechanoreceptive primary afferents innervating the inflamed urinary bladder of the cat. In 15 experiments, 20 units were recorded from the dorsal and 3 from the ventral root S2. Before inflammation the afferents had no resting activity and responded consistently to increases of(More)
Sympathetic modulation of cutaneous vasomotor waves in humans is most effective at frequencies up to 0.1 Hz. In contrast, sympathetic modulation of mesenteric vasomotor waves in rats is strongest in the frequency band between 0.2 and 0.75 Hz. Therefore, we addressed the question as to whether these different frequency response characteristics are due to(More)