Oxytocin and vasopressin are neurohypophyseal hormones with sequence similarity and play a central role in bodily homeostatic regulation. Pain is currently understood to be an important phenotype that those two neurohormones strongly downregulate. Nociceptors, the first component of the ascending neural circuit for pain signals, have constantly been shown to be modulated by those peptides. The nociceptor modulation appears to be critical in pain attenuation, which has led to a gradual increase in scientific interest about their physiological processes and also drawn attention to their translational potentials. This review focused on what are recently understood and stay under investigation in the functional modulation of nociceptors by oxytocin and vasopressin. Effort to produce a nociceptor-specific view could help to construct a more systematic picture of the peripheral pain modulation by oxytocin and vasopressin.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrine and Autonomic Systems