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Kappa-/mu-receptor interactions in the opioid control (...)

Neuroscience. 1992 Nov ;51(2):347-55
Kappa-/mu-receptor interactions in the opioid control of the in vivo release of substance P-like material from the rat spinal cord.
Collin E, Mauborgne A, Bourgoin S, Mantelet S, Ferhat L, Hamon M, Cesselin F.

The possible involvement of mu and kappa receptors in the opioid control of the spinal release of substance P-like material was assessed in vivo, in halothane-anaesthetized rats whose intrathecal space was continuously perfused with an artificial cerebrospinal fluid supplemented with various opioid receptor agonists and antagonists. Whereas the intrathecal perfusion with the mu agonist DAGO (10 microM) significantly enhanced (approximately + 50%) the spontaneous release of substance P-like material, that with the kappa agonist U 50488 H (10 microM) produced no change in the peptide outflow. The respective antagonists naloxone (10 microM) for the mu receptors and nor-binaltorphimine (10 microM) for the kappa receptors did not affect the spontaneous release of substance P-like material, indicating that endogenous opioids acting at mu and kappa receptors do not exert a tonic control on substance P-containing neurons in the spinal cord of halothane-anaesthetized rats. However, as expected from the involvement of mu receptors, the stimulatory effect of DAGO on the peptide outflow could be prevented by naloxone but not norbinaltorphimine. Furthermore, instead of an increase with DAGO alone, a significant decrease in the spinal release of substance P-like material was observed upon the intrathecal perfusion with DAGO plus U 50488 H. Additional experiments with the respective mu and kappa antagonists naloxone and nor-binaltorphimine demonstrated that this effect actually resulted from the simultaneous stimulation of mu and kappa receptors.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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