Diabetic neuropathic pain (DNP) is a common clinical problem, and the mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of this complication are poorly understood. The present study examined the glycine receptors (GlyR) in the control of synaptic input to dorsal horn neurons in diabetes. Male Sprague-Dawley rats with or without streptozotocin (STZ) intraperitoneal injections were used. Tactile sensitivities were assessed by measuring paw withdrawal thresholds to von Frey filaments for four weeks. The extent of GlyR-mediated inhibition controlling primary afferent-evoked excitation in dorsal horn neurons was examined by using the whole cell patch clamp recording technique in isolated adult rat spinal cord slices. The content of the spinal dorsal horn glycine levels was measured by microdialysis. An intrathecal glycine agonist injection was used to test whether mimicking endogenous glycine-receptor-mediated inhibition reduces DNP. We found that persistent hyperglycemia induced by the administration of STZ caused a decrease in the paw withdrawal latency to mechanical stimuli. The miniature inhibitory post-synaptic current (mIPSC) rise, decay kinetics and mean GlyR-mediated mIPSC amplitude were not affected in DNP. The mean frequency of GlyR-mediated mIPSC of lamina I neurons from DNP rats was, however, significantly reduced when compared with neurons from control rats. Principal passive and active membrane properties and the firing patterns of spinal lamina I neurons were not changed in DNP rats. Spinal microdialysis rats had a significantly decreased glycine level following its initial elevation. The intrathecal administration of glycine diminished tactile pain hypersensitivity in DNP rats. In conclusion, these results indicate that long-lasting hyperglycemia induced by STZ injections leads to a reduced glycinergic inhibitory control of spinal lamina I neurons through a presynaptic mechanism.
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- 神經科學 (全部)