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Basic Science

Animal Studies, Neuromodulation

2023 Jan 25

Int J Mol Sci




Near-Infrared Photobiomodulation of the Peripheral Nerve Inhibits the Neuronal Firing in a Rat Spinal Dorsal Horn Evoked by Mechanical Stimulation.


Uta D, Ishibashi N, Konno T, Okada Y, Kawase Y, Tao S, Kume T


Photobiomodulation has analgesic effects via inhibition of nerve activity, but few reports have examined the effects on the spinal dorsal horn, the entry point for nociceptive information in the central nervous system. In this study, we evaluated the effects of laser irradiation of peripheral nerve axons, which are conduction pathways for nociceptive stimuli, on the neuronal firing in lamina II of the spinal dorsal horn of a rat evoked by mechanical stimulation with von Frey filaments (vFF). In order to record neuronal firing, electrodes were inserted into lamina II of the exposed rat spinal dorsal horn. The exposed sciatic nerve axons were irradiated with an 808 nm laser. The 26.0 g vFF-evoked firing frequency was inhibited from 5 min after laser irradiation and persisted for 3 h. Sham irradiation did not alter the firing frequency. Laser irradiation selectively inhibited 15.0 and 26.0 g vFF-evoked firing, which corresponded to nociceptive stimuli. Histopathological evaluation revealed no damage to the sciatic nerve due to laser irradiation. These results indicate that neuronal firing is inhibited in lamina II of the spinal dorsal horn, suggesting that laser irradiation inhibits Aδ and/or C fibers that conduct nociceptive stimuli.