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European journal of pharmacology

Spinal nociceptin inhibits septide but not N-methyl-D-aspartate-induced nociceptive behavior in rats.


PMID 12065197

Abstract

Nociceptin can induce spinal analgesia in rats. Here, we tested the ability of nociceptin to inhibit the nociceptive behavior (biting, scratching, licking) induced by intrathecal administration of N-methyl-D-aspartate (4 microg) or the tachykinin NK(1) receptor agonist, septide (0.5 microg), in rats. Intrathecal nociceptin (3-30 nmol) did not modify the NMDA-induced behavior. However, coadministration of nociceptin (1-10 nmol) inhibited the septide-induced excitatory response. This inhibition was unaffected by systemic (10 mg/kg) or intrathecal (30 nmol) administration of naloxone, but intrathecal coadministration of the ORL1 (opioid receptor-like type 1) receptor antagonist [Nphe(1)]nociceptin-(1-13)-NH(2) (30-90 nmol) prevented it, suggesting the involvement of ORL1 receptors.