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The use of compounds with high selectivity for each opioid receptor (mu, delta and kappa) is crucial for understanding the mechanisms of opioid actions. Until recently non-peptide mu-opioid receptor selective antagonists were not available. However, N-cyclopropylmethyl-4,14-dimethoxy-morphinan-6-one (cyprodime) has shown a very high selectivity for(More)
Following the description of the [3H]deltorphin II, it has been reported that the modification of deltorphin II with the substitution of Val5,6 residues by the more hydrophobic IIe5,6 residues leads to an increased affinity and selectivity. The IIe5,6 deltorphin II (Tyr-D-Ala-Phe-Gly-IIe-IIe-HH2) was tritiated by catalytic dehalogenation and labelled rat(More)
Increasing number of publications shows that cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB(1)) specific compounds might act in a CB(1) independent manner, including rimonabant, a potent CB(1) receptor antagonist. Opioids, cannabinoids and their receptors are well known for their overlapping pharmacological properties. We have previously reported a prominent decrease in(More)
Fragments of the B-loop of the epidermal growth factor family of peptides are reported to have mitogenic and angiogenic properties but appear to fail to compete with radioiodinated EGF in receptor binding. In this study, 11 analogs of a fragment of the B-loop of EGF-related peptides from several species were synthesized to study binding to A431 human(More)
The highly potent micro -opioid receptor agonist 14-methoxymetopon (4,5alpha-epoxy-3-hydroxy-14beta-methoxy-5beta,17-dimethylmorphinan-6-one) was prepared in tritium labelled form by a catalytic dehalogenation method resulting in a specific radioactivity of 15.9 Ci/mmol. Opioid binding characteristics of [3H]14-methoxymetopon were determined using(More)
Opioid receptor binding properties of [3H]Tyr-D-Ala-Phe-Phe-NH2 (TAPP) were characterized in rat brain and Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells expressing the rat mu-receptor. In rat brain, [3H]TAPP labeled a single class of opioid sites with a dissociation constant (Kd) of 0.31 nM and maximal number of binding sites (Bmax) of 119 fmol/mg protein. In CHO-mu/1(More)
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