Effect of vinpocetine on retrograde axoplasmic transport

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Vinpocetine, a derivate of vincamine, is widely used in the clinical pharmacotherapy of cerebral circulatory diseases. Herewith we report on a novel effect of vinpocetine: inhibition of retrograde axoplasmic transport of nerve growth factor (NGF) in the peripheral nerve. Blockade of retrograde transport of NGF results in transganglionic degenerative atrophy (TDA) in the segmentally related ipsilateral superficial spinal dorsal horn, which is characterized by depletion of the marker enzymes fluoride-resistant acid phosphatase (FRAP) and thiamine monophosphatase (TMP). At the same time, pain-related neuropeptides such as substance P (SP) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), are depleted from lamina I-III from the segmentally related, ipsilateral Rolando substance of the spinal cord. On the basis of these experiments it is suggested that vinpocetine may result in a locally restricted decrease of nociception, that might be useful in clinical treatment of intractable pain. Pilot self-experiments support this assumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Anatomy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2007



  • Axoplasmic transport
  • Nerve growth factor
  • Pain
  • Vinca alkaloids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Developmental Biology

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