A case for transmitter plasticity at the molecular level: axotomy-induced VIP increase in the upper spinal dorsal horn is related to blockade of retrograde axoplasmic transport of nerve growth factor in the peripheral nerve.

Abstract

Blockade of retrograde axoplasmic transport in peripheral nerves, by means of perineurally applied microtubule inhibitors, results in an increased vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) reaction of the segmentally related, ipsilateral upper dorsal horn. Similar effect is elicited by the perineural application of an anti-Nerve Growth Factor (anti-NGF) serum… (More)

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