Involvement of nitric oxide in intracerebroventricular beta-endorphin-induced neuronal release of methionine-enkephalin.

Previous work has suggested that the antinociceptive effect of nitrous oxide (N2O) in rats is mediated, at least in part, by beta-endorphin (beta-EP) and that centrally administered beta-EP stimulates release of methionine-enkephalin (ME) in the rat spinal cord. Since inhibition of central nitric oxide (NO) production has been found to suppress N2O… (More)