Nevena Milenkovic

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Here we have systematically characterized the stimulus response properties of mechanosensitive sensory fibers in the mouse saphenous nerve. We tested mechanoreceptors and nociceptors with defined displacement stimuli of varying amplitude and velocity. For each sensory afferent investigated we measured the mechanical latency, which is the delay between the(More)
In all mammals, tissue inflammation leads to pain and behavioral sensitization to thermal and mechanical stimuli called hyperalgesia. We studied pain mechanisms in the African naked mole-rat, an unusual rodent species that lacks pain-related neuropeptides (e.g., substance P) in cutaneous sensory fibers. Naked mole-rats show a unique and remarkable lack of(More)
The molecular mechanisms regulating the sensitivity of sensory circuits to environmental stimuli are poorly understood. We demonstrate here a central role for stem cell factor (SCF) and its receptor, c-Kit, in tuning the responsiveness of sensory neurons to natural stimuli. Mice lacking SCF/c-Kit signaling displayed profound thermal hypoalgesia,(More)
Somatic sensory neurons of the dorsal root ganglia are necessary for a large part of our mechanosensory experience. However, we only have a good knowledge of the molecules required for mechanotransduction in simple invertebrates such as the nematode Caenorhabiditis elegans. In C. elegans, a number of so-called mec genes have been isolated that are required(More)
Here we have systematically characterized the stimulus response properties of mechanosensitive sensory fibers in the mouse saphenous nerve. We tested mechanoreceptors and nociceptors with defined displacement stimuli of varying amplitude and velocity. For each sensory afferent investigated we measured the mechanical latency, which is the delay between the(More)
The temperature of an object provides important somatosensory information for animals performing tactile tasks. Humans can perceive skin cooling of less than one degree, but the sensory afferents and central circuits that they engage to enable the perception of surface temperature are poorly understood. To address these questions, we examined the perception(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the addition of bevacizumab to oxaliplatin-based preoperative chemotherapy in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients. METHODS Between August 2008 and December 2011, 51 patients with histologically documented CRC and liver metastases were treated with first-line oxaliplatin-based therapy plus(More)
The tyrosine kinase receptor c-Kit is critically involved in the modulation of nociceptive sensitivity in mice. Ablation of the c-Kit gene results in hyposensitivity to thermal pain, whereas activation of c-Kit produces hypersensitivity to noxious heat, without altering sensitivity to innocuous mechanical stimuli. In this study, we investigated the role of(More)
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