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We examined the relation between ectopic afferent firing and tactile allodynia in the Chung model of neuropathic pain. Transection of the L5 spinal nerve in rats triggered a sharp, four- to six-fold increase in the spontaneous ectopic discharge recorded in vivo in sensory axons in the ipsilateral L5 dorsal root (DR). The increase, which was not yet apparent(More)
Primary sensory neurons with myelinated axons were examined in vitro in excised whole lumbar dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) taken from adult rats up to 9 days after tight ligation and transection of the L(5) spinal nerve (Chung model of neuropathic pain). Properties of subthreshold membrane potential oscillations, and of repetitive spike discharge, were(More)
Abnormal afferent discharge originating at ectopic sites in injured primary sensory neurons is thought to be an important generator of paraesthesias, dysaesthesias, and chronic neuropathic pain. We report here that the ability of these neurons to sustain repetitive discharge depends on intrinsic resonant properties of the cell membrane and that the(More)
Sympathetic post-ganglionic neurons may be involved in the generation of pain, hyperalgesia and inflammation under pathophysiological conditions. Two categories of influence of the sympathetic neuron on afferent neurons can be distinguished and this distinction seems to be related to whether the coupling between afferent and sympathetic neuron develops(More)
After peripheral nerve lesions, some axotomized afferent neurons develop ongoing discharges that originate in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG). We investigated in vivo which functional types of afferent neurons contributed to this ectopic activity. Six to twelve days after the gastrocnemius soleus (GS) nerve supplying skeletal muscle and the sural (SU) nerve(More)
In humans, trauma to a peripheral nerve may be followed by chronic pain syndromes which are only relieved by blockade of the effects of sympathetic impulse traffic. It is presumed that, after the lesion, noradrenaline released by activity of sympathetic postganglionic axons excites primary afferent neurons by activating alpha-adrenoceptors, generating(More)
1. Teased-fiber recordings were made from the axons of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons in rats that underwent transection of the sciatic nerve 4-22 days previously. Many of the neurons had spontaneous ectopic discharge originating from within the DRG. 2. When postganglionic sympathetic efferents ending in the DRG were activated by tetanic stimulation of(More)
1. Spontaneous activity and ectopic mechanical excitability of axotomized unmyelinated and myelinated fibers in the sural nerve were examined in anesthetized rats. The analysis was performed within 30 h after the nerve lesion using single-fiber recordings that were performed proximal to the severed nerve end. 2. Among all unmyelinated fibers tested (n =(More)