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Descending facilitation

Overview of attention for article published in Molecular Pain, March 2017
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#26 of 637)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (86th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (83rd percentile)

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Descending facilitation
Published in
Molecular Pain, March 2017
DOI 10.1177/1744806917699212
Pubmed ID

Min Zhuo


It is documented that sensory transmission, including pain, is subject to endogenous inhibitory and facilitatory modulation at the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. Descending facilitation has received a lot of attention, due to its potentially important roles in chronic pain. Recent investigation using neurobiological approaches has further revealed the link between cortical potentiation and descending facilitation. Cortical-spinal top-down facilitation, including those relayed through brainstem neurons, provides powerful control for pain transmission at the level of the spinal cord. It also provides the neuronal basis to link emotional disorders such as anxiety, depression, and loss of hope to somatosensory pain and sufferings. In this review, I will review a brief history of the discovery of brainstem-spinal descending facilitation and explore new information and hypothesis for descending facilitation in chronic pain.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 97 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 19%
Student > Master 14 14%
Student > Bachelor 13 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 4%
Other 4 4%
Other 15 15%
Unknown 29 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Neuroscience 18 19%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 11%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 8 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 5%
Other 14 14%
Unknown 33 34%
Attention Score in Context

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 15. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 April 2023.
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