Journal article

IN VIVO CHARACTERIZATION OF COLORECTAL AND CUTANEOUS INPUTS TO LUMBOSACRAL DORSAL HORN NEURONS IN THE MOUSE SPINAL CORD

KE Farrell, MM Rank, S Keely, AM Brichta, BA Graham, RJ Callister

NEUROSCIENCE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Chronic abdominal pain is a common symptom of inflammatory bowel disease and often persists in the absence of gut inflammation. Although the mechanisms responsible for ongoing pain are unknown, clinical and preclinical evidence suggests lumbosacral spinal cord dorsal horn neurons contribute to these symptoms. At present, we know little about the intrinsic and synaptic properties of this population of neurons in either normal or inflammed conditions. Therefore, we developed an in vivo preparation to make patch-clamp recordings from superficial dorsal horn (SDH) neurons receiving colonic inputs in naïve male mice. Recordings were made in the lumbosacral spinal cord (L6-S1) under isoflurane ane..

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