Analgesic effect of morphine, clonidine and serotonin microinjected into the PTN of rats.

Abstract

The study was aimed to delineate the neurotransmitter receptors involved in pretectal analgesic mechanisms by direct microinjection of neurotransmitter agonists and antagonists through chronically implanted cannulae in the pretectal nucleus of rats. Morphine, clonidine and serotonin, at doses of 2.5 and 5.0 micrograms microinjected into the pretectal nucleus, produced a significant and prolonged analgesia as measured by the tail-flick test. The analgesia produced by morphine, clonidine and serotonin is significantly attenuated by pretreatment of the animals with naloxone (1 micrograms), yohimbine (5 micrograms) and methysergide (5-10 micrograms) respectively. The results indicate the possible involvement of opioid, adrenergic and serotonergic mechanisms in pretectal analgesia.

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@article{Kumar1993AnalgesicEO, title={Analgesic effect of morphine, clonidine and serotonin microinjected into the PTN of rats.}, author={Ankit Kumar and Ram Raghubir and Bhola N. Dhawan}, journal={Neuroreport}, year={1993}, volume={4 7}, pages={944-6} }