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Oleoylethanolamide (OEA) is a natural fatty acid amide that mainly modulates feeding and energy homeostasis by binding to peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha (PPAR-alpha) [Rodríguez de Fonseca F, Navarro M, Gómez R, Escuredo L, Navas F, Fu J, et al. An anorexic lipid mediator regulated by feeding. Nature 2001;414:209-12; Fu J, Gaetani S, Oveisi(More)
Paclitaxel is an effective antineoplastic drug treatment used as an anti-tumoral therapy. Unfortunately its use is associated with unwanted side effects, which include the development of peripheral neuropathies and neuropathic pain, greatly affecting the quality of life of patients. It is well known that agonists of the cannabinoid receptor are able to(More)
Orofacial pain disorders are frequent in the general population and their pharmacological treatment is not always adequately resolved. Cannabinoids have demonstrated their analgesic effect in several pain conditions, both in animal models and in clinical situations. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the cannabinoid-mediated antinociception in two(More)
The analgesic effect of calcitonin when serotonin (5-HT) concentration is increased and the involvement of some 5-HT receptors were studied using the writhing test in mice. 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) administration increased both 5-HT levels in the central nervous system (CNS) and calcitonin analgesia. The 5-HT(1A) agonist(More)
The contribution of central serotonergic pathways to the analgesic activity induced by salmon calcitonin in the writhing test was investigated. Salmon calcitonin was administered to mice after lesioning of the ascending and descending serotonergic pathways by means of i.p. administration of p-chloroamphetamine (40 mg/kg, for 2 days) or p-chlorophenylalanine(More)
We compared the analgesia induced by intraperitoneally (i.p.) and intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) administered salmon-calcitonin (S-CT), using the hot-plate test and the writhing test. The influence of the route of administration on the analgesia induced by morphine was also studied. After i.p. administration the analgesic effect was observed only in the(More)
Spinal glial activation contributes to the development and maintenance of chronic pain states, including neuropathic pain of diverse etiologies. Cannabinoid compounds have shown antinociceptive properties in a variety of neuropathic pain models and are emerging as a promising class of drugs to treat neuropathic pain. Thus, the effects of repeated treatment(More)
1. Pain threshold, behavioral parameters, and monoamine levels were compared in two groups of rats: adult (12 months old) and old rats (25 months old). 2. No differences in nociception were found between the two groups using the tail-shock test. 3. Behavioral experiments with the holeboard test showed that locomotor activity and exploration activity were(More)
Nowadays, there are no validated drugs to control the neuropathic pain induced by paclitaxel, one of the most effective antineoplastic drugs. The aim was to study the involvement of opioid and NMDA receptor on established paclitaxel-induced pain, testing three common analgesics drugs morphine, ketamine and methadone. Animals received four intraperitoneal(More)
The aim of this paper is to study the influence of salmon calcitonin (SCT) on opioid analgesia when opioid transduction pathways are functionally uncoupled from Gi/o proteins by treatment with pertussis toxin (PTX). The antinociceptive effect of morphine and three selective opioid agonists, [D-Ala2,N-Me-Phe2,Gly5-ol]enkephalin (DAMGO) (OP(3-mu receptor(More)