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S.c. painful inflammation leads to an increase in axonal transport of opioid receptors from dorsal root ganglia (DRG) toward the periphery, thus causing a higher receptor density and enhanced opioid analgesia at the injured site. To examine whether this increase is related to transcription, the mRNA of Delta- (DOR) and mu-opioid receptor (MOR) in lumbar DRG(More)
Opioids mediate their analgesic effects by activating mu-opioid receptors (MOR) not only within the central nervous system but also on peripheral sensory neurons. The peripheral analgesic effects of opioids are best described under inflammatory conditions (e.g., arthritis). The present study investigated the effects of inflammation on MOR binding and(More)
Nerve growth factor (NGF) regulates sensory neuron phenotype by elevated expression of ion channels and receptors contributing to pain. Peripheral opioid antinociception is dependent on sensory neuron mu opioid receptor (MOR) expression, coupling and efficacy. This study investigates the role of NGF in the upregulation of the number and efficacy of sensory(More)
Painful diabetic neuropathy is poorly controlled by analgesics and requires high doses of opioids, triggering side effects and reducing patient quality of life. This study investigated whether enhanced Rab7-mediated lysosomal targeting of peripheral sensory neuron μ-opioid receptors (MORs) is responsible for diminished opioid responsiveness in rats with(More)
Endomorphins (EMs) are endogenous selective mu-opioid receptor agonists. Their role in inflammatory pain has not been fully elucidated. Here we examine peripheral antinociception elicited by exogenously applied EM-1 and EM-2 and the contribution of EM-containing leukocytes to stress- and corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF)-induced antinociception. To this(More)
UNLABELLED This study investigated putative mechanisms of impaired spinal opioid antinociception such as a downregulation of mu-opioid receptor (MOR) number, coupling, and efficacy in rats with advanced (12 weeks) streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes. Intravenous injection of STZ (45 mg/kg) in Wistar rats led to selective degeneration of insulin-producing(More)
Evidence is accumulating regarding the local opioid regulation of heart function. However, the exact anatomical location of δ-opioid receptors (DORs) and expression during maturation of the autonomic and sensory innervations of the neonatal heart is unknown. Therefore, we aimed to characterize target sites for opioids in neonatal rat heart intracardiac(More)
Functional evidence suggests that the stimulation of peripheral and central opioid receptors (ORs) is able to modulate heart function. Moreover, selective stimulation of either cardiac or central ORs evokes preconditioning and, therefore, protects the heart against ischemic injury. However, anatomic evidence for OR subtypes in the human heart is scarce.(More)
Peripheral analgesic effects of opioids are pronounced under inflammatory conditions, e.g., arthritis; however, little is known about adaptive changes of micro opioid receptor binding and G protein coupling in the peripheral versus central nervous system. The present study investigated the effects of inflammation on mu opioid receptor (MOP receptor) binding(More)
Although opioids are highly effective analgesics, they are also known to induce cellular adaptations resulting in tolerance. Experimental studies are often performed in the absence of painful tissue injury, which precludes extrapolation to the clinical situation. Here we show that rats with chronic morphine treatment do not develop signs of tolerance at(More)