Capsaicin blocks tetrodotoxin-resistant sodium potentials and calcium potentials in unmyelinated C fibres of biopsied human sural nerve in vitro

J. Großkreutz, S. Quasthoff*, M. Kühn, P. Grafe

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit
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Abstract

Topical application of capsaicin has been tested recently for treatment of painful peripheral neuropathy. In the present study, effects of capsaicin were explored on compound action potentials of isolated fascicles from human sural nerve biopsies. Capsaicin reduced the C fibre component by 30-60%; the remaining C fibres were not sensitive to the drug. A good correlation was found between the sensitivity of C fibres to capsaicin and their resistance to tetrodotoxin (TTX), i.e. C fibre action potentials recorded in the presence of TTX were completely blocked by capsaicin. Calcium action potentials seen after inhibition of axonal potassium conductances were also completely suppressed. The data indicate that application of capsaicin nearby human peripheral nerves might prevent action potential conduction in specific subtypes of C fibres.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
ZeitschriftNeuroscience Letters
Jahrgang208
Ausgabenummer1
Seiten (von - bis)49-52
Seitenumfang4
ISSN0304-3940
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 12.04.1996
Extern publiziertJa

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