Allison Neil

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Of two related Macaca species, the rhesus (M. mulatta), acquires opiate tolerance and dependence more readily than the cynomolgus (M. fascicularis). In the cynomolgus, mu-opiate receptors were significantly fewer in the caudate nucleus and globus pallidus; delta-sites were fewer in the thalamus. kappa-Sites showed no species difference. The levels of(More)
This study analyzed neuronal encoding and response thresholds to thermal stimuli at the ventro-basal (V.B.) thalamus level during a hyperalgesic inflammation induced by intra-plantar injection of carrageenin in the rat. The threshold and the encoding capacity of the cells were studied during two phases of the inflammatory process, namely the "acute" phase(More)
In the present study we have used a recent rat model for neuropathic pain to investigate the effect of the sympatholytic drug guanethidine on changes in behavioural responses evoked by mechanical, heat and cold stimuli and on self-mutilating behaviour. After a unilateral peripheral mononeuropathy induced by ligatures around the right common sciatic nerve,(More)
Neuronal response thresholds and the encoding of mechanical stimulus intensity in the ventro-basal (VB) thalamus was analyzed in anaesthetized rats before and during the first two hours following induction of hyperalgesic inflammation. This inflammation was induced by the intra-plantar injection of carrageenin in the hindpaw contralateral to the recorded(More)
We have compared the effectiveness of morphine and methadone as agonists in untreated guinea-pig longitudinal muscle preparations and after their treatment with the specific opioid receptor alkylating agent beta-chloronaltrexamine. In untreated ilea, the naloxone pA2 was 8.5 to both morphine and methadone, and their dose-response curves were parallel. After(More)
We have investigated enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) as a possible alternative to radioimmunoassay (RIA) for the detection and measurement of the neuropeptide substance P (SP) and its metabolite substance P1-7. The sensitivities were higher with ELISA than with RIA utilizing the same antisera. The intra-assay and inter-assay variation in ELISA was(More)
A new procedure for analysis of ligand binding kinetics was evaluated by Monte Carlo simulations. In this, all association and dissociation data were fitted simultaneously to a set of nonlinear equations. This should have several advantages over more conventional methods; data are better used in a single fitting procedure in which the degrees of freedom are(More)
The antinociceptive effects obtained in arthritic rats with morphine, the opioid mu-agonist DAGO [D-Ala2,MePhe4,Gly-ol5]enkephalin, the delta-selective agonist DTLET [D-Thr2, Leu5]enkephalyl-Thr, and the kappa-agonist U-50,488H were compared to their corresponding effects in normal animals and morphine-pretreated arthritic rats, respectively, using a paw(More)
The actions of d-propoxyphene and morphine on opioid receptor mechanisms were compared. In assay measuring receptor binding selectivity in vitro, with dihydromorphine, naloxone and an enkephalin analogue as radioactive ligands, d-propoxyphene differed from morphine in having a higher relative affinity for sites occupied by the peptide. Naloxone was more(More)