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Absence of histamine-induced itch in the African naked mole-rat and "rescue" by Substance P

Ewan St John Smith1, Gregory RC Blass2, Gary R Lewin1 and Thomas J Park2*

Author Affiliations

1 Dept. of Neuroscience, Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Robert-Rössle-Strasse 10, 13125 Berlin-Buch, Germany

2 Dept. of Biological Sciences, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

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Molecular Pain 2010, 6:29  doi:10.1186/1744-8069-6-29

Published: 24 May 2010

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Naked mole-rats display low-level spontaneous scratching with the hind paws, similar to mice.

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In addition to scratching, naked mole-rats display bouts of vigorous back rubbing against the cage wall after combined intrathecal application of SP and intracutaneous histamine. Presumably the back rubbing is an attempt to scratch its back.

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