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Brain Res. 1993 Aug 27;620(2):287-91.

GABA decreases in the spinal cord dorsal horn after peripheral neurectomy.

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Institute of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine of Oporto, Porto, Portugal.


A significant fall in the number of GABA-immunoreactive cells in laminae I-III of the rat spinal cord occurred in the somatotopic area of projection of the sciatic nerve after nerve transection. The decrease started at 2 weeks post-neurectomy, and at 4 weeks ipsilateral mean cell numbers were approximately 72% of contralateral control values. Similarly, the concentration of GABA in spinal homogenates was significantly reduced 4 weeks post-neurectomy. These data, together with our recent finding of an increase in spinal GABA during chronic inflammation of the hindlimb, suggest that the level of GABA in the dorsal horn is regulated by the amount of primary afferent input.

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