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Cell Mol Neurobiol. 1999 Oct;19(5):587-96.

Nerve growth factor inducer, 4-methyl catechol, potentiates central sensitization associated with acceleration of spinal glutamate release after mustard oil paw injection in rats.

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  • 1Department of Anesthesiology-Resuscitology, School of Allied Health Sciences, Yamaguchi University, Japan.


1. In rats, injection of mustard oil (MO) into the paw caused a gradual increase in flinching of the injected paw and this algogenic behavior corresponded with an increase in the CSF-Glu level. 2. The nerve growth factor (NGF) inducer, 4-methyl catechol (4MC), enhanced the frequency of flinching and this effect was dose dependent. In addition, spinal CSF-Glu release was significantly above baseline 10 min after MO injection. In contrast, morphine (MOR) pretreatment completely blocked this behavioral and neurohumoral effect. 3. Anti-NGF paw injection attenuated the algogenic behavior and spinal Glu release otherwise observed after 4MC treatment. 4. The results demonstrated that MO-induced hyperalgesia is associated with increased CSF-Glu release and that this effect is potentiated by a NGF inducer. These data also suggest a possible involvement of NGF in the development of central sensitization after acute peripheral nociceptive stimulation.

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