E J Drower

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Neurons of the nucleus raphe magnus (NRM) and nucleus reticularis gigantocellularis pars alpha (NGCp alpha) have been implicated in the regulation of nociceptive threshold and production of antinociception. Previous studies have shown that the activity of these neurons is modulated by noradrenergic, cholinergic and serotonergic afferents. The present study(More)
This study examined whether the antinociceptive activity of THIP (4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo[5,4-c]pyridin-3-ol), a GABA agonist, is mediated through an action exerted at the level of the spinal cord. Intrathecal injection of doses of THIP devoid of motor effects (1-2 micrograms) did not increase tail flick or hot plate latencies in the rat. Although hot(More)
The binding of radiolabeled naltrindole ([3H]NTI), a selective delta-opioid antagonist, was characterized using receptor autoradiography. Receptor binding properties were established in brain paste slices which demonstrated one site receptor occupancy with an apparent Kd of 0.25 +/- 0.08 nM (Bmax of 597.5 fmol/mg protein). Autoradiographic localization of(More)
Spinal delta opioid receptors have been proposed to mediate antinociception in the rat on the basis of 1) the efficacy of a small number of agonists; 2) the lack of effect of mu-selective antagonists; and 3) the lack of cross-tolerance with mu-selective agonists. However, direct evidence to support or refute this postulate has not been obtained in the rat(More)
Naltrindole (NTI) is a selective and potent delta-opioid antagonist which preferentially antagonizes a subset of selective delta-opioid agonists. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether [3H]NTI, the first radiolabeled delta-opioid antagonist, could selectively label delta-opioid receptors in a synaptosomal preparation. Increasing temperature and(More)
This study characterized the prototypic "minimum structure" enkephalin SC-39566 [2,6-dimethyl-L-tyrosinyl-D-alanine-(3-phenyl-1-propyl)-amide hydrochloride]. SC-39566 bound with highest affinity to mu opioid receptors (Ki, 0.13 nM), as well as to delta (Ki, 4.0 nM) opioid receptors in the rat brain, and with much lower affinity to kappa opioid receptors(More)
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