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Title: Nimodipine down-regulates CGRP expression in the rat trigeminal nucleus caudalis
Authors: Vijayan, Lakshmy
Bansal, Devanshu
Ray, Subrata Basu
Keywords: Calcium channel blocker;cAMP response-element binding protein;Image J;Immunohistochemistry;Migraine;Trigeminal ganglia
Issue Date: May-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: L-type calcium channel blockers like verapamil are used in the prophylaxis of migraine. However, their effect on the expression of CGRP in the trigeminal nucleus caudalis (TNC) is unknown. It is important because an earlier study had shown that olcegepant, a CGRP receptor antagonist, acts at the level of the trigeminal spinal nucleus rather than the trigeminal ganglia. Nimodipine was used in the present study as it crosses the blood-brain barrier. The objective of the study was to determine the pattern of expression of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in the TNC after administration of nimodipine and/or morphine. Wistar rats were injected with saline, morphine, nimodipine or morphine + nimodipine for 14 days. Subsequently, the lowest part of the medulla oblongata containing the spinal nucleus was removed and processed for immunohistochemical localization of CGRP. The density of expression was quantified using Image J software. The results were statistically analyzed. CGRP expression was noted over the superficial part of the TNC, which decreased significantly after nimodipine administration. Conversely, morphine produced an up-regulation. The expression was unchanged with reference to saline in the morphine + nimodipine treated group. Decreased expression of CGRP in the trigeminal nucleus caudalis after nimodipine is being reported for the first time. Also, whether CGRP expression can be used as a marker for predicting the therapeutic efficacy of an anti-migraine drug is currently being investigated.
Page(s): 320-324
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.50(05) [May 2012]

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