We investigated the role of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in nicotine cross-desensitization of chemonociceptive responses of trigeminal subnucleus caudalis (Vc) neurons in rats. Vc responses to lingually applied pentanoic acid were significantly reduced following nicotine, and this was prevented when the nAChR antagonist mecamylamine was applied before or after nicotine. A peripheral site of nicotine cross-desensitization is suggested via a nAChR-mediated reduction in acidic excitation of lingual nociceptors that project to Vc.
- Nicotine cross-desensitization
- Oral chemical irritation
- Trigeminal caudalis neuronal response
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