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Substance P potentiates thermal hyperalgesia induced by intrathecal administration of D-serine in rats

Authors: Yi-Hong Zhang, You-Sheng Shu, Zhi-Qi Zhao


Aim: To investigate the functional interaction between substance P (SP) and D-serine, agonist for glycine regulatory site of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, in processing spinal nociception.
Methods: Behavior studies, by testing tail-flick latency (TFL) combined with intrathecal application of drugs, were conducted in lightly anesthetized rats.
Results: Decrease in TFL was observed 1.5 min after intrathecal injection of D-serine 1000 nmol. Following pretreatment with SP 0.05 nmol 6 min prior to injection of D-serine 10 nmol, D-serine-induced decrease in TFL was greatly enhanced. The potentiation was blocked by co-administration of 7-chlorokynurenic acid 1 pmol, the selective antagonist for glycine regulatory site of NMDA receptor, or H-7 10 micromol, the PKC non-selective inhibitor, with SP 0.05 nmol.
Conclusion: SP potentiates the D-serine-induced thermal hyperalgesia. Glycine regulatory site of NMDA receptor and intracellular protein kinase system may participate in the interaction of SP and NMDA receptor in the spinal cord.

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