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Neuropathic pain results from traumatic or disease-related insults to the nervous system. Mechanisms that have been postulated to underlie peripheral neuropathy commonly implicate afferent neurons that have been damaged but still project centrally to the spinal cord, and/or intact neurons that interact with degenerating distal portions of the injured(More)
Dorsal root injury (DRI) disrupts the flow of sensory information to the spinal cord. Although primary afferents do not regenerate to their original targets, spontaneous recovery can, by unknown mechanisms, occur after DRI. Here, we show that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), but not nerve growth factor or neurotrophin-4,(More)
Regeneration within or into the CNS is thwarted by glial inhibition at the site of a spinal cord injury and at the dorsal root entry zone (DREZ), respectively. At the DREZ, injured axons and their distal targets are separated by degenerating myelin and an astrocytic glia limitans. The different glial barriers to regeneration following dorsal rhizotomy are(More)
Fluorescence, absorbance, and binding of a mitochondrial membrane potential-sensitive probe, rhodamine 800 (rhod800), were measured in isolated rat mitochondria, hepatocytes, cardiomyocytes, and hearts in the presence or absence of mitochondrial uncouplers. Excitation of rhod800 was achieved with laser diodes (690 or 670 nm) and resulted in a fluorescence(More)
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