Evidence that substance P may be a modulator rather than a transmitter of noxious mechanical stimulation
Sweeney-Nixon, Marva I.Sawynok, J.
Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Substance P (SP), injected intrathecally, produced a dose-related increase in responsiveness (hyperalgesia) in a pressure test for nociceptive thresholds. Pretreatment with two doses of SP produced complete desensitization to this response but did not alter base-line responsiveness. The hyperalgesic response to SP and the lack of change in base line following desensitization to SP suggest a modulator rather than a transmitter role for SP in the transmission of noxious mechanical stimulation.