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Proc Biol Sci. 1991 May 22;244(1310):129-35.

Mu-opioid-receptor-mediated inhibition of the N-type calcium-channel current.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, U.K.


The predominant consequences of mu-opioid-receptor activation are depression of both neuronal activity and transmitter release. Mu-Opioid agonists have previously been observed to increase a potassium conductance and to inhibit adenylate cyclase. We now report that activation of mu-opioid receptors directly decreases the N-type calcium-channel current in a differentiated, human neuroblastoma cell line (SH-SY5Y). The coupling between the mu-opioid receptor and the calcium channel involves a pertussis toxin-sensitive G protein and is independent of changes in adenylate cyclase activity. The inhibition of the calcium-channel current is voltage dependent because it is largely overcome by strong membrane depolarization. It is not associated with changes in the kinetics of current inactivation. Therefore, the mu-receptor belongs to the superfamily of G-protein-coupled, inhibitory neurotransmitter receptors which modulate the activity of calcium and potassium channels and adenylate cyclase.

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