Wolfgang Strassburger

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INTRODUCTION Many opioid analgesics share common structural elements; however, minor differences in structure can result in major differences in pharmacological activity, pharmacokinetic profile, and clinical efficacy and tolerability. AREAS COVERED This review compares and contrasts the chemistry, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and CNS 'functional(More)
5-Pyrrolidinyl substituted perhydroquinoxalines were designed as conformationally restricted κ-opioid receptor agonists restricted to the periphery. The additional N atom of the quinoxaline system located outside the ethylenediamine κ pharmacophore allows the fine-tuning of the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. The perhydroquinoxalines were(More)
The 1,5-dimethyl 3,7-diaza-3,7-dimethyl-9-oxo-2,4-di-2-pyridine-bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane-1,5-dicarboxylate, HZ2, has a high and selective affinity for the kappa opioid receptor and an antinociceptive activity comparable to morphine. In addition, it is characterized by a long duration of action and a high oral bioavailability. QSAR studies within series of kappa(More)
An expression cassette containing a synonymous gene for human single-chain urokinase-type plasminogen activator (Rscu-PA) 5'-flanked by a trp promoter and the Shine-Dalgarno sequence of the xyl A operon of Bacillus subtilis and terminated by the terminators trp A and Tn10 was constructed and inserted into a pBR322 derivative to yield pBF160. When compared(More)
Buprenorphine is a potent opioid analgesic with partial agonistic properties at mu-opioid receptors. This study investigated the interaction potential with several full mu-agonists in the tail-flick test in mice. We further examined the reversibility of buprenorphine antinociception by different mu-opioid receptor antagonists. Combination of buprenorphine(More)
The slow association and incomplete dissociation of buprenorphine from opioid receptors observed in vitro have been suggested to reduce the accessibility of opioid receptors in vivo. If so, it might be expected that buprenorphine continues to occupy opioid receptors long after the antinociceptive activity has dissipated. To examine this hypothesis,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Treatment of neuropathic pain remains a challenge and the role of various analgesics in this setting is still debated. The effects of tramadol, an atypically acting analgesic with a combined opioid and monoaminergic mechanism of action, and morphine, a prototypical opioid, were tested in rat models of neuropathic and nociceptive(More)
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