Substance P and Spinal Neurones Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • When applied by microiontophoresis, substance P (sP) had a strong, but slow and prolonged excitatory action on nearly half the neurones tested in the lumbar spinal cord of cats. Motoneuronal antidromic field potentials only occasionally showed a significant effect of sP. Cerebral cortical neurones in cats and rats were much less readily excited than spinal interneurones. Some unresponsive units showed evidence of a depressant effect of sP. Although sP may have a significant function in central afferent pathways, it is not likely to be a quickly-acting synaptic transmitter.

publication date

  • June 1975

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