Long-term changes of c-Fos expression in the rat spinal cord following chronic constriction injury

Stanislava Jergova, Dasa Cizkova

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The expression of c-Fos protein has been used as a relative marker of nociceptive neuronal activity in the spinal cord following various noxious stimuli. Experiments were conducted to examine c-Fos expression in lumbar spinal cord (L3-L6) following chronic constriction injury (CCI) in relation to nociceptive behavior over longer survival period up to 28 days. Development of mechanical allodynia was observed in the ipsilateral hind paw of CCI rats at day 3 and lasted up to 28 days. In contrast, the spinal c-Fos expression in CCI rats appeared in a biphasic manner. The highest number of c-Fos positive neurons occurred during the first week, followed by a decline at 7 and 14 days and reappearance at day 28 following injury. The early increase of c-Fos expression correlated with allodynia development, however, at longer survival period (28 days) c-Fos positivity become comparable in both CCI and sham groups despite their obvious behavior differences. Our results suggest that, at least in the CCI model, the c-Fos protein expression should not be considered as a reliable index of pain sensation disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345
Number of pages1
JournalEuropean Journal of Pain
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Allodynia
  • C-Fos
  • Chronic constriction injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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