Orphanin FQ/nociceptin potentiates [D-Ala2,N-Me-Phe4,Gly5-ol]-enkephalin-Induced mu-opioid receptor phosphorylation.

  title={Orphanin FQ/nociceptin potentiates [D-Ala2,N-Me-Phe4,Gly5-ol]-enkephalin-Induced mu-opioid receptor phosphorylation.},
  author={Hatice Z Ozsoy and Deepak R. Thakker and Kelly M. Standifer},
  journal={Molecular pharmacology},
  volume={68 2},
In this study, we investigate the molecular mechanisms by which acute orphanin FQ/nociceptin (OFQ/N), acting through the nociceptin opioid peptide (NOP) receptor, desensitizes the mu-opioid receptor. We described previously the involvement of protein kinase C and G-protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRK) 2 and 3 in OFQ/N-induced mu receptor desensitization. Because phosphorylation of the mu receptor triggers the successive regulatory mechanisms responsible for desensitization, such as receptor… CONTINUE READING