Isabella Ruocco

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The sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system is known to play a role in the genesis of neuropathic pain. In the skin of the rat lower lip (hairy skin), sympathetic and parasympathetic fibers normally innervate the same blood vessels in the lower dermis but do not occur in the upper dermis. However, we have shown that sympathetic fiber migration(More)
Despite the known major role of skin blood vessel innervation in blood flow control, particularly in disease, little information on the co-innervation of blood vessels by sensory and autonomic fibers and the relationships of these fibers to one another is available. To fill this gap, we performed a light and electron microscopic analysis of the innervation(More)
Peripheral nerve injury has been shown to result in sympathetic fibre sprouting around dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons. It has been suggested that this anomalous sympathetic fibre innervation of the DRG plays a role in neuropathic pain. Other studies have suggested an interaction between sympathetic and sensory fibres more peripherally. To date, no(More)
Research using animal models of neuropathic pain has revealed sympathetic sprouting onto dorsal root ganglion cells. More recently, sensory fibre sprouting onto dorsal root ganglion cells has also been observed. Previous work in our laboratory demonstrated persistent sympathetic fibre sprouting in the skin of the rat lower lip following sensory denervation(More)
Cutaneous antidromic vasodilatation and plasma extravasation, two phenomena that occur in neurogenic inflammation, are partially blocked by substance P (SP) receptor antagonists and are known to be mediated in part by mast cell-released substances, such as histamine, serotonin, and nitric oxide. In an attempt to provide a morphological substrate for the(More)
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