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The role of the supraspinal endogenous opioid system in pain processing has been investigated in this study using positron emission tomography imaging of [11C]-carfentanil, a synthetic, highly specific mu opioid receptor (mu-OR) agonist. Eight healthy volunteers were studied during a baseline imaging session and during a session in which subjects(More)
BACKGROUND Mice lacking the mu-opioid receptor gene have been used to characterize the role of mu-opioid receptors in nociception and the analgesic actions of opioid agonists. In this study, the authors determined the role of mu-opioid receptors in neuropathic pain behaviors and the effectiveness of mu- and kappa-opioid receptor agonists on this behavior in(More)
UNLABELLED Partial sciatic nerve ligation (PSL) in rodents produces chronic neuropathic sensory disorders resembling neuropathic pain in humans. We previously reported that levels of allodynia and hyperalgesia after PSL injury were markedly attenuated by consumption of soy-containing diets. Here we aimed to show that dietary effect on pain behavior is not(More)
OBJECT Human bone marrow stromal cells (hMSCs) constitute a potential source of pluripotent stem cells. In the present study, hMSCs were transplanted into an area of spinal cord contusion in nude rats to determine their survival, differentiation, potential for neuroprotection, and influence on axonal growth and functional recovery. METHODS Twenty-nine(More)
An L5 spinal nerve ligation (SNL) in the rat leads to behavioral signs of mechanical hyperalgesia. Our recent finding that an L5 dorsal root rhizotomy did not alter the mechanical hyperalgesia following an L5 SNL suggests that signals originating from the proximal stump of the injured nerve are not essential. We postulate that Wallerian degeneration of L5(More)
OBJECTIVE To learn how lesions with differing capacity for nerve regeneration affect the severity and duration of hyperalgesia in an animal model of neuropathic pain. METHODS Three groups of rats were studied: 1). L5 nerve root crush (favorable for regeneration); 2). L5 root ligation and section; and 3). sham-operated group. An experimenter who did not(More)
Opioid receptors occur in locations of strategic importance within the central nervous system for modulation of pain. Is pain reduced by ongoing inhibition mediated by activation of these receptors? Experiments to date in which the opioid-receptor antagonist, naloxone, is administered during a painful event have yielded unclear results. Topically applied(More)
OBJECT Various surgical approaches have been proposed for the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). The authors of this study focused on the differences in outcome after supraclavicular neuroplasty of brachial plexus (SNBP [no rib resection]) and transaxillary first rib resection (TFRR) in patients in whom the dominant clinical problem was pain. (More)
Mice lacking the gene encoding for substance P and neurokinin A, or the NK-1 receptor, exhibit alterations in behavior to various acute nociceptive stimuli. However, behavioral responses of NK-1 mutant animals have not been well characterized in models of chronic pain. We studied the behavioral responses of NK-1 knockout and wild-type control mice to(More)