ArticleAn excitatory role for 5-HT in spinal inflammatory nociceptive transmission; state-dependent actions via dorsal horn 5-HT3 receptors in the anaesthetized ratGreen, Mark G.*; Scarth, Julia; Dickenson, AnthonyAuthor Information Department of Pharmacology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK *Corresponding author. Tel.: +44-171-419-3747; fax: +44-171-419-3742 E-mail: [email protected] Received 1 February 2000; received in revised form 10 May 2000; accepted 24 May 2000. Pain: December 2000 - Volume 89 - Issue 1 - p 81-88 doi: 10.1016/S0304-3959(00)00346-8 Buy Metrics Abstract The involvement of 5-HT3 receptor mediated modulation of formalin and carrageenan induced inflammatory transmission was investigated. The effects of the selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonist ondansetron on the electrically evoked responses of dorsal horn neurones in normal animals were compared to those following carrageenan. The effect of pre-treatment on the formalin response was also studied. Ondansetron had no significant effect on the electrically evoked responses of dorsal horn neurones in normal animals or following carrageenan induced inflammation, but significantly inhibited both phases of the formalin response. Our results suggest that 5-HT3 receptors in the spinal cord have no significant role under normal conditions. However, during formalin (but not carrageenan) induced inflammation this system is activated, maintaining the response of nociceptive spinal neurones to peripheral formalin. © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.