Journal article

Pain in the Developing Brain: Early Life Factors Alter Nociception and Neurobiological Function in Adolescent Rats.

Sabrina Salberg, Glenn R Yamakawa, Yannick Griep, Jesse Bain, Jaimie K Beveridge, Mujun Sun, Stuart J McDonald, Sandy R Shultz, Rhys D Brady, David K Wright, Melanie Noel, Richelle Mychasiuk

Cereb Cortex Commun | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2021


Although adverse early experiences prime individuals to be at increased risk for chronic pain, little research has examined the trauma-pain relationship in early life or the underlying mechanisms that drive pathology over time. Given that early experiences can potentiate the nociceptive response, this study aimed to examine the effects of a high-fat, high-sugar (HFHS) diet and early life stress (maternal separation [MS]) on pain outcomes in male and female adolescent rats. Half of the rats also underwent a plantar-incision surgery to investigate how the pain system responded to a mildly painful stimuli in adolescence. Compared with controls, animals that were on the HFHS diet, experienced MS..

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