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There has been much speculation regarding the functional relevance of G protein-coupled receptor heterodimers, primarily because demonstrating their existence in vivo has proven to be a considerable challenge. Here we show that the opioid agonist ligand 6'-guanidinonaltrindole (6'-GNTI) has the unique property of selectively activating only opioid receptor(More)
The opioid antagonist activities of two bivalent ligands, BNI and nor-BNI, have been evaluated in smooth muscle preparations and in mice. Both ligands are highly potent and selective as kappa opioid receptor antagonists, with relatively feeble blocking activity at mu and delta opioid receptors. BNI and nor-BNI represent the first highly selective kappa(More)
This publication is the seventh in a series of safety evaluations performed by the Expert Panel of the Flavor and Extract Manufacturers' Association (FEMA). In 1993, the Panel initiated a comprehensive program to re-evaluate the safety of more than 1700 GRAS flavouring substances under conditions of intended use. In this review, scientific data relevant to(More)
The fumaramate methyl ester derivatives of naltrexone (beta-FNA) and oxymorphone (beta-FOA) were both found to be reversible agonists on the guinea pig ileal longitudinal muscle preparation. In addition, beta-FNA possessed on irreversible antagonistic effect against morphine whereas beta-FOA had no such capacity. Analysis by pA2 values revealed that(More)
In this study naltrindole (NTI) and its benzofuran derivative (NTB) were studied for their antagonist activity against various delta opioid receptor agonists in the tail-flick antinociceptive assay in mice. The antinociceptive ED50 of i.c.v. administered DSLET [(D-Ser2, Leu5, Thr6)enkephalin] was shifted about 4-fold by either s.c. NTB or i.c.v. NTI(More)
Antagonists selective for either kappa- [e.g. nor-binaltorphimine (nor-BNI)] and mu- (e.g. beta-funaltrexamine) opioid receptors have previously been shown to reduce both kappa- and mu-opioid-induced feeding. In the present studies, the anorectic effects of GNTI, a newly synthesized antagonist selective for kappa-opioid receptors, were studied in rats. GNTI(More)
In view of recent pharmacological studies suggesting the existence of delta-kappa opioid receptor heterodimers/oligomers in the spinal cord, we have synthesized and evaluated (intrathecally in mice) a series of bivalent ligands (KDN series) containing kappa and delta antagonist pharmacophores. Pharmacological and binding data have provided evidence for the(More)
We showed previously that cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) within the nucleus accumbens (NAc) of rats regulates immobility in the forced swim test (FST), an assay used to study depression. Because CREB regulates expression of dynorphin (which acts at kappa-opioid receptors) in NAc neurons, these findings raised the possibility that(More)