c-fos and zif268 expression were assessed by immunocytochemistry for c- Fos and Zif268 proteins in the sensory trigeminal nuclear complex following noxious mechanical stimulation of the mandibular incisor pulp of rats. Marked up-regulation of both immediate early genes was observed in the subnucleus oralis ipsilateral to the stimulation. Cavity preparation of the dentine without reaching the pulp did not cause significant up-regulation detectable by immunocytochemistry. These results provide evidence that noxious dental signals reach the ipsilateral subnucleus oralis and up-regulate the transcription of immediate early genes c-fos and zif268.
- Spinal trigeminal tract nucleus
- Subnucleus oralis
- Tooth pulp
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