Nociceptin/orphanin FQ acts as a functional antagonist of corticotropin-releasing factor to inhibit its anorectic effect

@article{Ciccocioppo2004NociceptinorphaninFA,
  title={Nociceptin/orphanin FQ acts as a functional antagonist of corticotropin-releasing factor to inhibit its anorectic effect},
  author={Roberto Ciccocioppo and Andrea Cippitelli and Daina Economidou and Amalia Fedeli and Maurizio Massi},
  journal={Physiology \& Behavior},
  year={2004},
  volume={82},
  pages={63-68}
}

Functional antagonism between nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) and corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) in the rat brain: evidence for involvement of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis

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Role of Nociceptin/Orphanin FQ-NOP Receptor System in the Regulation of Stress-Related Disorders

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Dysregulation of Nociceptin/Orphanin FQ and Dynorphin Systems in the Extended Amygdala of Alcohol Preferring Marchigian Sardinian (msP) Rats

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