Multiple spinal pathways mediate cutaneous nociceptive C-fibre input to the primary somatosensory cortex (SI) in the rat.

Jarkko Kalliomäki, Han Rong Weng, Hans Jörgen Nilsson, Yong Bei Yu, Jens Schouenborg

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Abstract

In the present study, partial lesions of the lower thoracic spinal cord in rats anaesthetized with halothane and nitrous oxide were made in order to elucidate which of the spinal funiculi mediate a nociceptive C fibre input to SI. Field potentials evoked by noxious CO2-laser stimulation were recorded in the left SI. Nociceptive C fibre input from the right hindpaw to SI was propagated by the dorsal funiculi (DF) and the left and right lateral funiculi (LLF and RLF, respectively). Nociceptive C fibre input from the left hindpaw was propagated by LLF and RLF, but not DF. Input from the hindpaws mediated by LLF and RLF caused widespread surface positive potentials throughout most of SI, although potentials in the hindlimb area tended to be larger than those in other areas of SI. Input from the right hindpaw mediated by DF caused surface positive potentials mainly in the hindlimb area of SI. Intracortically, the field potentials reversed polarity in the superficial laminae and had maximal negative amplitudes in laminae III-IV (input transferred by DF and LLF) and in laminae V-VI (input transferred by LLF and RLF). It is concluded that there are multiple spinal pathways which can transfer information from cutaneous nociceptive C fibres to SI in the rat. These ascending pathways seem to activate partly different thalamo-cortical systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-279
JournalBrain Research
Volume622
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Neurosciences

Keywords

  • Cerebral cortex
  • CO-laser
  • Evoked potential
  • Nociception
  • Pain
  • Somatosensory pathway

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