Xu-Dong Dong

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Behavioral evidence in rats indicates that injection of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) into skeletal muscle results in a prolonged mechanical sensitization without gross inflammation. To investigate whether a peripheral mechanism could underlie this effect, in the present study, TNFalpha (1 or 0.1 microg) was injected into the rat masseter muscle to(More)
Injection of nerve growth factor (NGF) into the masseter muscle is not painful but does induce a localized, quick onset ( approximately 1h) and long-lasting mechanical sensitization in healthy human subjects. We tested the hypothesis that human NGF mechanically sensitizes masseter muscle nociceptors by increasing the sensitivity of peripheral(More)
TNFα induces mechanical sensitization of rat masseter muscle nociceptors, which takes 2-3 h to manifest and is mediated through activation of P55 and P75 receptors. This study was undertaken to determine whether TNFα induces nociceptor mechanical sensitization through the release of other algogenic substances such as glutamate, prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)),(More)
33 Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) induces mechanical sensitization of rat masseter muscle 34 nociceptors which takes 2-3 hours to manifest and is mediated through activation of P55 and P75 35 receptors. The present study was undertaken to determine whether TNFα induces nociceptor mechanical 36 sensitization through the release of other algogenic(More)
The mechanism by which intramuscular injection of BoNTA into the craniofacial muscles decreases migraine headaches is not known. In a blinded study, the effect of BoNTA on the mechanical and chemical responsiveness of individual temporalis muscle nociceptors and muscle neurogenic vasodilation was investigated in female rats. Mechanical threshold was(More)
AIMS To investigate whether local administration of nerve growth factor (NGF) decreases the mechanical threshold (MT) of putative nociceptive masseter afferent fibers as part of its mechanism of mechanical sensitization. METHODS Electrophysiologic recordings were made from masseter afferents and a randomized, blinded approach was used to test the effects(More)
There is evidence that elevated tissue concentrations of glutamate may contribute to pain and sensitivity in certain musculoskeletal pain conditions. In the present study, the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG) was injected intravenously into rats to determine whether it could significantly elevate interstitial concentrations of glutamate in the(More)
In the present study, we combined immunohistochemical experiments with in vivo single unit recordings to examine whether 5-HT(3) receptors are expressed by masticatory (masseter and temporalis) sensory ganglion neurons and to investigate the effects of intramuscular injection of 5-HT on the excitability and mechanical threshold of rat masticatory muscle(More)
The analgesic mechanism underlying the efficacy of topical diclofenac in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain is incompletely understood. The present study investigated whether intramuscular injection of diclofenac (0.1mg/ml, approximately 340microM) could attenuate jaw-closer muscle nociceptor discharge and mechanical sensitization induced by activation(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown that 5-HT3-antagonists reduce muscle pain, but there are no studies that have investigated the expression of 5-HT3-receptors in human muscles. Also, tetrodotoxin resistant voltage gated sodium-channels (NaV) are involved in peripheral sensitization and found in trigeminal ganglion neurons innervating the rat masseter(More)