PubMed 16494954

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Automatically associated channels: Kir2.3 , Nav1.3

Title: Fire and phantoms after spinal cord injury: Na+ channels and central pain.

Authors: Stephen G Waxman, Bryan C Hains

Journal, date & volume: Trends Neurosci., 2006 Apr , 29, 207-15

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Neuropathic pain and phantom phenomena occur commonly after spinal cord injury (SCI) but their molecular basis is not yet fully understood. Recent findings demonstrate abnormal expression of the Nav1.3 Na(+) channel within second-order spinal cord dorsal horn neurons and third-order thalamic neurons along the pain pathway after SCI, and suggest that this change makes these neurons hyperexcitable so that they act as pain amplifiers and generators. Delineation of molecular changes that contribute to hyperexcitability of pain-signaling neurons might lead to identification of molecular targets that will be useful in the treatment of neuropathic pain after SCI and related nervous system injuries.