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Am J Physiol. 1985 Aug;249(2 Pt 2):R147-52.

Effects of intracardiac bradykinin on T2-T5 medial spinothalamic cells.


Effects of injecting bradykinin (2 micrograms/kg) into the left atrium on spinothalamic tract neurons projecting to medial thalamus (M-STT cells), to the ventral posterior lateral nucleus of the thalamus (L-STT cells), or to both (LM-STT cells) were examined in 18 monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) anesthetized with alpha-chloralose. Bradykinin increased cell activity in 11/16 M-STT cells, 10/15 L-STT cells, and 4/7 LM-STT cells. One M-STT cell was inhibited. Peak responses to bradykinin of the three cell groups were not different. LM-STT cells began to respond and reached peak responses slightly earlier than the other two groups. Six M-STT, four L-STT, and two LM-STT cells became entrained to the cardiac cycle during their responses to bradykinin. Responses to bradykinin were not dependent on the type of somatic input or cell location. Responding cells most often received A delta- and C-fiber sympathetic input, but some responding cells had only A delta-input. These results demonstrate that in addition to L-STT cells STT cells projecting to the medial thalamus respond to a potentially noxious cardiac stimulus. These cells may participate in the motivational-affective component of cardiac pain.

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