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Authors Rajpal S, Gerovac TA, Turner NA, Tilghman JI, Allcock BK, McChesney SL, Miranpuri GS, Park SW, Resnick DK
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Journal J Neurosurg Spine Volume: 6 Issue: 5 Pages: 420-4
Publish Date 2007 May
PubMed ID 17542507
Abstract

The authors previously discovered that genes for the bradykinin-1 (B1) receptor and the transient receptor potential vanilloid subtype 1 (TRPV1) were overexpressed in animals exhibiting thermal hyperalgesia (TH) following spinal cord injury (SCI). They now report the effect of TRPV1 (AMG9810) and B1 (Lys-[Des-Arg9,Leu8]-bradykinin) antagonists on TH in animals following SCI.The rats were subjected to contusion SCI and then divided into groups in which TH did or did not develop. The animals from both groups were given either AMG9810, Lys-(Des-Arg9,Leu8)-bradykinin, or the drug-specific vehicle (control groups). Animals were tested for TH preinjury and at regular intervals after SCI by using the hindlimb withdrawal latency test.The administration of AMG9810 likely improves TH as a result of a generalized analgesic effect, whereas the effect of Lys-(Des-Arg9,Leu8)-bradykinin appears more specific to the reversal of TH. This information has potential usefulness in the development of treatment strategies for post-SCI neuropathic pain.

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