Time Profile of nNOS Expression in the Spinal Dorsal Horn after L<inf>5</inf> Spinal Root Transection in Rats
G. H. Meftahi
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© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Using immunohistochemical analysis, we investigated the time profile of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) expression in the lumbar spinal cord up to day 28 after transection of the L 5 spinal root. On day 14 after injury, we also evaluated the effect of intrathecal application of 7-nitroindazole (7-NI), a selective nNOS inhibitor (8.15 μg in 5 μl), on thermal hyperalgesia. Our results indicated that nerve transection increased the intensity of nNOS-immunoreactivity in superficial and deep laminae of the dorsal horn within a late stage (days 7 to 28) of the neuropathy model used. Furthermore, 7-NI attenuated nerve injury-evoked thermal hypersensitivity on day 14 but did not reduce it between days 2 and 5 after transection. These data suggest that nNOS overexpression is more involved in the development than in the initiation of thermal hyperalgesia in L 5 -transected rats.