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Flexor reflex excitability in mice lacking galanin receptor galanin-R1


This study was conducted to examine the excitability of the nociceptive flexor reflex and its sensitization by repetitive stimulation of C-fibers in anesthetized mice that lack the galanin-R1 receptor. Repetitive stimulation of C-fibers induced a gradual increase in reflex magnitude during the stimulation (wind-up), and a subsequent increase in spinal reflex excitability (central sensitization). This occurred in GAL-R1 -/-, GAL-R1 +/-, and +/+ wild-type controls, with no significant differences observed between genotypes. Intrathecal administration of galanin markedly blocked the sensitization following the repetitive stimulation in all three groups. No differences between wild-type or galanin-R1 receptor knockout mice were seen. These results confirm previous studies in rats, showing that intrathecal galanin reduces the central sensitization following wind-up. The present data indicate that this effect is probably mediated by receptors other than GAL-R1.

Type Journal
ISBN 0304-3940 (Print)
Authors Grass, S.;Jacoby, A. S.;Iismaa, T. P.;Crawley, J. N.;Xu, X. J.;Wiesenfeld-Hallin, Z. :
Published Date 2003-01-01
Published Volume 345
Published Issue 3
Published Pages 153-6
Status Published in-print
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