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2024 Mar 18

Biochem Biophys Res Commun



Real-time monitoring of cortical brain activity in response to acute pain using wide-area Ca imaging.


Inami C, Haruta M, Ohta Y, Tanaka M, So M, Sobue K, Akay Y, Kume K, Ohta J, Akay M, Ohsawa M


Previous human and rodent studies indicated that nociceptive stimuli activate many brain regions that is involved in the somatosensory and emotional sensation. Although these studies have identified several important brain regions involved in pain perception, it has been a challenge to observe neural activity directly and simultaneously in these multiple brain regions during pain perception. Using a transgenic mouse expressing G-CaMP7 in majority of astrocytes and a subpopulation of excitatory neurons, we recorded the brain activity in the mouse cerebral cortex during acute pain stimulation. Both of hind paw pinch and intraplantar administration of formalin caused strong transient increase of the fluorescence in several cortical regions, including primary somatosensory, motor and retrosplenial cortex. This increase of the fluorescence intensity was attenuated by the pretreatment with morphine. The present study provides important insight into the cortico-cortical network during pain perception.