Pain Research and Management

Pain Research and Management / 2000 / Article

Tribute to Ronald Melzack | Open Access

Volume 5 |Article ID 780802 |

Ruth C Riley, Jodie A Trafton, Allan I Basbaum, "Presynaptic control of nociceptor signalling: Differential influence of Mu Opioid and GABAergic Systems", Pain Research and Management, vol. 5, Article ID 780802, 12 pages, 2000.

Presynaptic control of nociceptor signalling: Differential influence of Mu Opioid and GABAergic Systems


The relative contribution of pre- and postsynaptic controls to the flow of nociceptive information at the level of the spinal cord has been one of Ron Melzack's longstanding interests and a key issue in the formulation of the gate control theory. The authors review their own studies, in which they monitored internalization of the neurokinin-1 receptor to examine specifically the action of two classically inhibitory systems - mu opioid and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) - on noxious stimulus-evoked tachykinin signalling in the rat spinal cord. Evidence that opioids and GABAergic controls operate differently on the central consequences of any noxious stimulus-induced substance P release is provided. Whereas at least 80% of the tachykinin signalling remained intact after even the highest concentration of spinal morphine or D-Ala2, NMe-phe4, Glyol5-enkephalin administration, spinal administration of the GABAB receptor agonist baclofen had a dramatic inhibitory effect. These findings are discussed in light of the disappointing clinical utility of baclofen and neurokinin-1 receptor antagonists to combat pain.

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