Compensatory projection of primary nociceptors and c-fos induction in the spinal dorsal horn following neonatal sciatic nerve lesion

Tomosada Sugimoto, Yue Ling Li, Hiroto Kishimoto, Masako Fujita, Hiroyuki Ichikawa

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Abstract

The sciatic nerve was cut in newborn rats, and prevented from regenerating for 8 weeks. The number of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons in L4 and L5, the distribution of central axon terminals of primary nociceptors, and the activity of secondary nociceptors were examined in the lumbar dorsal horn. The neonatal sciatic lesion caused about 60% reduction of DRG neurons. The central terminal field of the sciatic primary nociceptors negatively labeled by in situ binding of Bandeiraea simplicifolia isolectin B4 (BsIB4) markedly shriveled. Instead, the central representation of the saphenous nerve and the posterior cutaneous nerve of the thigh (PC) expanded. The laminae I/II neuropil in the medialmost 1/4 of the L3 dorsal horn and in the second lateral 1/4 around the L4/5 junction was occupied by the BsIB4 binding sites derived from the saphenous and the PC primary neurons, respectively. Noxious stimuli applied to the receptive fields of the saphenous and the PC nerves induced c-Fos-like immunoreactivity in many neurons in the expanded central terminal fields of the nerves. The collateral sprouts of uninjured primary nociceptors did not only invade the deafferented area of the dorsal horn but also established functional synaptic connections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-414
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Neurology
Volume164
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Dorsal horn
  • Nerve injury
  • Newborn rat
  • Nociception
  • Sciatic nerve
  • Somatotopy
  • c-fos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience

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