Shaifali Bhalla

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Several neurotransmitter mechanisms have been proposed to play a role in the actions of morphine. The present study is the first to provide evidence that central endothelin (ET) mechanisms are involved in the modulation of pharmacological actions of morphine. The effect of intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) administration of endothelin-A (ET(A)) antagonist,(More)
Long-term use of morphine leads to development of antinociceptive tolerance. We provide evidence that central endothelin (ET) mechanisms are involved in development of morphine tolerance. In the present study, we investigated the effect of ET(A) receptor antagonists, BQ123 and BMS182874, on morphine antinociception and tolerance in mice. Mechanism of(More)
The potentiation of oxycodone antinociception by BMS182874 (endothelin-A (ET(A)) receptor antagonist) and agmatine (imidazoline receptor/α(2)-adrenoceptor agonist) is well-documented. It is also known that imidazoline receptors but not α(2)-adrenoceptors are involved in potentiation of oxycodone antinociception by agmatine and BMS182874 in mice. However,(More)
The use of clonidine as a primary and adjuvant analgesic is well-documented. It is known that imidazoline and α2-adrenoceptors are involved in clonidine antinociception. Clonidine also produces antihypertensive actions mediated through the central nervous system. We have reported that centhaquin, a centrally-acting anti-hypertensive drug produces its(More)
Potentiation of opioid analgesia by endothelin-A (ET(A)) receptor antagonist, BMS182874, and imidazoline receptor/α₂-adrenoceptor agonists such as clonidine and agmatine are well known. It is also known that agmatine blocks morphine hyperthermia in rats. However, the effect of agmatine on morphine or oxycodone hypothermia in mice is unknown. The present(More)
Studies have demonstrated that clonidine (α(2)-adrenoceptor and imidazoline receptor agonist) and BMS182874 (endothelin ET(A) receptor antagonist) potentiate morphine and oxycodone analgesia. Agmatine, an endogenous clonidine-like substance, enhances morphine analgesia. However, its effect on oxycodone analgesia and its interaction with endothelin ET(A)(More)
Long-term use of opioids for pain management results in rapid development of tolerance and dependence leading to severe withdrawal symptoms. We have previously demonstrated that endothelin-A (ETA) receptor antagonists potentiate opioid analgesia and eliminate analgesic tolerance. This study was designed to investigate the involvement of central ET(More)
We have previously shown the involvement of central endothelin (ET) mechanisms in morphine analgesia and tolerance. Here we investigated the interaction of centrally administered endothelin ET(A) receptor antagonist, BMS182874, with DAMGO (micro opioid receptor agonist), SNC80 (delta opioid receptor agonist), U50,488H (kappa opioid receptor agonist), and(More)
BACKGROUND Numerous agents have been demonstrated to potentiate morphine analgesia, including clonidine (alpha(2)-adrenergic and I(1)-imidazoline receptor agonist) and BMS182874 (endothelin-A, ET(A,) receptor antagonist). ET has been shown to affect pharmacological actions of clonidine. The present study was conducted to determine whether(More)