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Title: Prostanoids synthesized by cyclo-oxygenase isoforms in rat spinal cord and their contribution to the development of neuronal hyperexcitability.
Authors: Willingale, HL
Gardiner, NJ
McLymont, N
Giblett, S
Grubb, BD
First Published: Dec-1997
Citation: BR J PHARMACOL, 1997, 122 (8), pp. 1593-1604
Abstract: 1. The responses of wide dynamic range spinal dorsal horn neurones to noxious mechanical stimulation of the ankle or knee joint were tested before and after spinal administration of the non-selective cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors, indomethacin and meclofenamic acid. Neither of these drugs altered the responses of these neurones to noxious mechanical stimulation. 2. Wind-up of a spinal nociceptive reflex evoked by electrical stimulation of the sural nerve at C-fibre strength was dose-dependently inhibited by intravenous administration of indomethacin, a non-selective COX inhibitor, and SC58125, a selective COX-2 inhibitor. Intrathecal administration of indomethacin also reduced the wind-up of this nociceptive reflex. 3. Western blot analysis of proteins extracted from normal rat spinal cord revealed the presence of both cyclo-oxygenase (COX)-1 and COX-2 proteins. 4. Immunocytochemistry of sections of normal rat spinal cord with specific COX-1 antiserum revealed little specific COX-1-like immunoreactivity in the grey matter. With the same antiserum, intense COX-1-like immunoreactivity was observed in the cytoplasm, nuclear membrane and axonal processes of small to medium sized (< 1000 microns2) dorsal root ganglion (DRG) cell bodies. 5. Immunocytochemistry of sections of normal rat spinal cord incubated with specific COX-2 antiserum showed intense COX-2-like immunoreactivity (COX-2-li) in the superficial dorsal horn of the spinal cord (laminae I and II) and around the central canal (lamina X). COX-2-li was also observed in some neurones in deep dorsal horn and in individual motor neurones in ventral horn. COX-2-li was not observed in the cell bodies of DRG. 6. Superfusion of the lumbar spinal cord of normal rats with artificial CSF and subsequent radioimmunoassay revealed the presence of prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) < PGE2, but not PGI2 (determined by measurement of the stable metabolite, 6-keto-PGF1 alpha) or PGF2 alpha. 7. These data suggest that eicosanoids synthesized by an active COX pathway in the spinal cord of normal animals may contribute to nociceptive processing, but only when the spinal cord neurones are rendered hyperexcitable following C-fibre stimulation. Selective inhibition of one or both of the COX isoforms in normal animals may represent a novel target for spinal analgesia.
DOI Link: 10.1038/sj.bjp.0701548
ISSN: 0007-1188
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology

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