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Nociceptive Processing: Neurochemistry and Neurophysiology 

Nociceptive Processing: Neurochemistry and Neurophysiology
Nociceptive Processing: Neurochemistry and Neurophysiology

Cynthia L. Renn

, and Susan G. Dorsey

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date: 20 April 2021

Chapter 2 describes the molecular events associated with pain signaling. The mechanisms associated with chemical, thermal, and mechanical pain signaling in the peripheral nerve endings are detailed. Molecular signaling mechanisms occurring in the spinal dorsal horn, including the primary afferent nociceptor, the inhibitory interneurons, and the descending on-cells and off-cells projecting from the nucleus raphe magnocellularis are described. Persistent increases in pain signaling resulting from inflammatory mediators are explained with reference to specific molecules. Signaling events at supraspinal levels, such as the thalamus, cortex, periaqueductal gray, and nucleus raphe magnus, including cannabinoids, opioids, and noradrenergic and serotonergic neurotransmitter events, are described as critical to pain pathways with relevance to potential pain therapies.

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