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We have examined the effects of cannabinoid agonists on hyperalgesia in a model of neuropathic pain in the rat and investigated the possible sites of action. The antihyperalgesic activity of the cannabinoids was compared with their ability to elicit behavioural effects characteristic of central cannabinoid activity. WIN55,212-2 (0.3-10 mg kg(-1)), CP-55,940(More)
The excitatory neurotransmitter, glutamate, is particularly important in the transmission of pain information in the nervous system through the activation of ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors. A potent, subtype-selective antagonist of the metabotropic glutamate-5 (mGlu5) receptor, 2-methyl-6-(phenylethynyl)-pyridine (MPEP), has now been(More)
We have examined the effects of a novel GABA(B) agonist, CGP35024, in models of chronic neuropathic (partial sciatic ligation) and inflammatory (Freund's complete adjuvant) pain in the rat, and its inhibitory action on spinal transmission in vitro. The effects of CGP35024 were compared with L-baclofen and gabapentin. CGP35024 and L-baclofen reversed(More)
Selective activation of peripheral cannabinoid CB1 receptors has the potential to become a valuable therapy for chronic pain conditions as long as central nervous system effects are attenuated. A new class of cannabinoid ligands was rationally designed from known aminoalkylindole agonists and showed good binding and functional activities at human CB1 and(More)
Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are increasingly used for the treatment of neuropathic pain. Oxcarbazepine is a recently introduced AED that is effective in treating epilepsy and has an improved side-effect profile compared to existing therapies. Here we have examined the effect of oxcarbazepine and other AEDs in a model of neuropathic pain in the rat and(More)
Inoculation of syngeneic MRMT-1 mammary tumour cells into one tibia of female rats produced tumour growth within the bone associated with a reduction in bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content (BMC), severe radiological signs of bone destruction, together with the development of behavioural mechanical allodynia and hyperalgesia. Histological and(More)
The anti-nociceptive and locomotor effects of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) agonists (+)-epibatidine and ABT-594 were compared in the rat. Acute thermal nociception was measured using the tail flick test. Mechanical hyperalgesia was measured as paw withdrawal threshold (PWT) in response to a mechanical stimulus in two animal models of(More)
1. The involvement of the haloperidol-sensitive, sigma recognition site and the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor in the mediation of the discriminative stimulus properties of (+)-N-allylnormetazocine [+)-NANM, (+)-SKF 10,047), has been investigated in the rat by use of a two-lever, operant drug discrimination paradigm. 2. Six compounds with(More)
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