Evidence of Synaptic Contacts of Nociceptive Primary Afferent Central Terminals on GABAergic Interneurons in the Substantia Gelatinosa

Akio HIURA, Fumio NASU, Hiroshi ISHIZUKA, Michiyo KUWAHARA, Mika OHTA
1996 Archives of histology and cytology  
Recently, we showed that capsaicin induced the degeneration of not only glomerular CI terminals but also of non-glomerular CI terminals making presynaptic contact with interneuronal soma. Studies of the nature of interneurons making contact by nonglomerular CI terminals should provide important information to facilitate our understanding of the processing of nociceptive impulses in the substantia gelatinosa. The most likely candidate molecule involved in this process in these interneurons is
more » ... minobutylic acid (GABA). Therefore, ultrastructural relationships between nonglomerular CI terminals and GABAergic interneuronal soma in the mouse substatia gelatinosa were examined by an immunocytochemical method using an antibody to GABA. Terminals with the same profiles as the CI terminals, i.e., slender, sinuous and scalloped terminals filled with clear synaptic vesicles, were found to make synaptic contacts with GABAimmunoreactive somata. Thus, nociceptive primary afferents are suggested to modulate pain transmission by themselves via GABAergic neurons in the substantia gelatinosa.
doi:10.1679/aohc.59.55 pmid:8727363 fatcat:pk4jhke5bzbcrconulm5g6wele