Sciatic Nerve Transection Modulates Oxidative Parameters in Spinal and Supraspinal Regions

Scheid, Taína; Bosco, Lidiane; Guedes, Renata; Pavanato, Maria; Belló-Klein, Adriane; Partata, Wania
May 2013
Neurochemical Research;May2013, Vol. 38 Issue 5, p935
Academic Journal
Neuropathic pain is a very common dysfunction caused by several types of nerve injury. This condition leads to a variety of pathological changes in central nervous system regions related to pain transmission. It has been demonstrated that nociception is modulated by reactive oxidative species and treatments with antioxidant compounds produce antinociceptive effects. Thus, the aim of the present study was to investigate oxidative parameters in spinal and supraspinal regions following sciatic nerve transection (SNT). In behavioral assessments, animals showed mechanical allodynia and a significant functional impairment following SNT, measured by von Frey hairs test and sciatic functional index, respectively. Superoxide dismutase activity was increased 3 and 7 days following SNT in cerebral cortex and brainstem. Catalase activity was also increased in cerebral cortex 3 days after SNT. Ascorbic acid levels were decreased 7 days in the spinal cord only in SNT group. We also showed an increase in lipid peroxidation in cerebral cortex and brainstem 3 days after surgery in SNT and sham groups. These results showed that supraspinal regions also exhibit changes in antioxidant activity after SNT and demonstrate an intricate relationship among antioxidant defenses in different regions of the neuro axis related to pain transmission.


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