Wei-Ming Lue

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In a previous study, mu-opioid receptor binding was decreased by chronic treatment of rats with a mu-opioid receptor-selective agonist [CH3Phe3, D-Pro4]morphiceptin (PL-017) [Tao, P.L., Lee, H.Y., Chang, L.R., Loh, H.H., 1990. Decrease in mu-opioid receptor binding capacity in rat brain after chronic PL-017 treatment. Brain Res. 526, 270-275]. However,(More)
Previously we showed that coadministration of dextromethorphan (DM) with morphine attenuates morphine-rewarding effect. Here we further investigated if DM is effective in reversing or treating drug-seeking effect when given after subchronic morphine treatment. The conditioned place preference (CPP) test was used to investigate the rewarding and drug-seeking(More)
In the present study, we investigated the effects of a nitric oxide (NO) precursor, L-arginine, on the effect of different drugs, [trans-3, 4-dichloro-N-methyl-N-[2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-cyclohexyl]-benzeneacetamid e hydrochloride] (U-50,488, a kappa-opioid receptor agonist); dPTyr(Me)AVP (a vasopressin receptor antagonist); dizocilpine (MK-801, a(More)
1. In this study, we investigated the effects of different drugs (a kappa-opioid receptor agonist U-50,488, a vasopressin receptor antagonist dPTyr(Me)AVP or an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist MK-801) on the development of morphine tolerance in rat hippocampal slices. 2. Hippocampal slices (450 microm) of Sprague-Dawley rats (250-300 g) were(More)
Previously, we have used the biochemical receptor binding method to investigate whether down-regulation of the opioid receptor is a mechanism for morphine tolerance, and we were led to a negative conclusion. In the current study, we further used immunohistochemistry to reinvestigate this issue. Male Sprague-Dawley rats (250-300 g) were chronically treated(More)
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