Neuropeptides, synthesized in dorsal root ganglia (DRG), are implicated in nocioception and neurogenic inflammation. Alterations in DRG neuropeptide levels have been described in polyarthritic rats, but these models are associated with widespread systemic disease. Using mild adjuvant-mediated monoarthritis of the left carpal joint we found significant increases in substance P (+69%) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP; +204%), but not somatostatin in ipsilateral C6/7 DRG. Peptide levels in contralateral DRG and other ipsilateral DRG were unaltered. Substance P and CGRP in DRG may be of importance in the pathogenesis and maintenance of adjuvant arthritis.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Mar 1992|