Not exactly SCI but I thought there might be some relevance. I found the abstract interesting.


Ann Anat. 2009 Apr 10.

Experimental models of peripheral neuropathic pain based on traumatic nerve injuries - An anatomical perspective.

Klusáková I, Dubový P.

Department of Anatomy, Division of Neuroanatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Kamenice 3, 62500 Brno, Czech Republic.

Peripheral neuropathic pain (PNP) frequently occurs as a consequence of nerve injury and may differ depending upon the type of insult and the individual patient. Progress in our knowledge of PNP induction mechanisms depends upon the utilization of appropriate experimental models in rodents based on various types of peripheral nerve lesions. In this review, we draw attention to current knowledge on basic cellular and molecular events in various experimental models used to induce the PNP symptoms. Spontaneous ectopic activity of axotomized and non-axotomized primary sensory neurons, the bodies of which are located in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), seems to be a key mechanism of PNP induction. The primary sensory neurons are directly affected by nerve injury or indirectly by activated satellite glial cells and adjoining immune cells that release a variety of molecules changing the microenvironment of the neurons. Recently, it has become clear that molecules produced during Wallerian degeneration play an important role not only in axon-promoting conditions distal to nerve injury but also in initiation of neuropathic pain. The molecules, transported by the blood, influence afferent neurons and their axons not only in DRG associated, but also those not directly associated with the injured nerve (i.e., in the contralateral DRG or at different spinal segments). Generally, all experimental PNP models based on a partial injury of peripheral nerve segments contain mechanisms initiated by signal molecules of Wallerian degeneration.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...ubmed_RVDocSum