Development of tolerance to the hormonal effects of morphine without changes in the aminergic functions in the brain of the rat.

Abstract

The effect of morphine on cold-stimulated secretion of TSH and prolactin was studied in male rats, both in acute studies and after the chronic administration of morphine for 14 days (twice a day with increasing doses). The duration of the stimulatory effect of a single dose of morphine on secretion of prolactin was shorter (less than 2 hr) than its inhibitory effect on cold-stimulated secretion of TSH (over 2 hr). In the rats pretreated with morphine, a tolerance to the depressant effect of TSH of the challenge dose of morphine was seen at 2 hr but not at 1 hr after the injection. In contrast, a tolerance to the stimulatory effect of morphine on prolactin was seen at 1 hr after the acute dose of morphine. The minor alterations of the hypothalamic amine neurotransmitters and their metabolites did not correlate with the hormonal responses or to the development of tolerance.

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@article{Rauhala1992DevelopmentOT, title={Development of tolerance to the hormonal effects of morphine without changes in the aminergic functions in the brain of the rat.}, author={Pekka V. Rauhala and Raimo K. Tuominen and P{\"a}ivi M Tuomainen and M L Toivonen and S. A. Borisenko and Pekka T M{\"a}nnisto}, journal={Neuropharmacology}, year={1992}, volume={31 8}, pages={765-70} }