Identification of three new alternatively spliced variants of the rat mu opioid receptor gene: dissociation of affinity and efficacy.


Mu opioid receptors mediate the pharmacological actions of morphine and morphine-like drugs, such as heroin. The mouse and human Oprm genes undergo splicing. In these present studies, we have identified and characterized three new MOR-1 splice variants from the rat Oprm gene. Using an RT-PCR approach, we isolated the new exons 7, 8 and 9 downstream of exon… (More)