M Fraunhoffer

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Electrical stimulation in the midbrain periaqueductal gray (PAG) and lateral midbrain reticular formation (LRF) strongly suppresses the responses of spinal dorsal horn neurons to noxious heating of the skin. The possible role of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) was investigated by quantitatively comparing certain parameters of descending inhibition(More)
The responses of single lumbar dorsal horn units to noxious radiant heating (50 degrees C, 10 s) of glabrous foot pad skin were recorded in cats anesthetized with sodium pentobarbital and 70% N2O. The heat-evoked responses of each of 38 units were markedly reduced during electrical stimulation (100-ms trains at 100 Hz, 3/s, 25-300 microA) in the lateral(More)
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