NITRIC OXIDE INVOLVEMENT IN THE TRIGEMINAL HYPERALGESIA IN DIABETIC RATS
Trigeminal hyperalgesia frequently appears in diabetic neuralgia altering the transmission of orofacial sensory information. This study was designed to explore the effects of trigeminal hyperalgesia in streptozotocin-induced diabetes monitoring the expression of nitric oxide synthase in the trigeminal ganglion cells. The threshold to heat noxious stimuli decreased in diabetic animals. The number of NADPH-diaphorase (NADPH-d)-positive neurons significantly decreased in the diabetic rats compared with controls. Insulin treatment prevented the decreased nociceptive threshold and reduction of the number of NADPH-d-positive neurons. These findings point out that there is a relationship between the trigeminal nociceptive perception and NADPH-d neuronal expression suggesting that NO may play a role in the pathogenesis of trigeminal sensory neuropathy.
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Affiliations: Brain Research 865: 112–115, 2000. Reprinted with permission from Elsevier Science BV.
Publication date: December 1, 2000