Opioid growth factor modulates corneal epithelial outgrowth in tissue culture.


In addition to neuromodulation, endogenous opioid peptides serve as growth factors. To determine involvement of opioids in the homeostatic renewal and repair of the corneal epithelium, epithelial outgrowths from 3-mm explants of rabbit cornea were investigated. Blockade of opioid-receptor interaction by the potent opioid antagonist naltrexone (NTX) for 7… (More)


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