Substance P in the uterine cervix, dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord during pregnancy and the effect of estrogen on SP synthesis.

@article{Mowa2003SubstancePI,
  title={Substance P in the uterine cervix, dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord during pregnancy and the effect of estrogen on SP synthesis.},
  author={Chishimba Nathan Mowa and Sharon E Usip and Megan E. Storey-Workley and Rainer Amann and Raymond E. Papka},
  journal={Peptides},
  year={2003},
  volume={24 5},
  pages={761-71}
}
Prior to parturition the non-pliable uterine cervix undergoes a ripening process ("softens" and dilates) to allow a timely passage of the fetus at term. The exact mechanism(s) triggering and involved in cervical ripening are unknown, though evidence for a role for sensory neurons and their contained neuropeptides is emerging. Moreover, an apparent increase in neuropeptide immunoreactive nerves occurs in the cervix during pregnancy, maternal serum estrogen levels rise at term and uterine cervix… CONTINUE READING

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