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Pain. 1991 Aug;46(2):139-43.

No evidence for endorphin deficiency in fibromyalgia following investigation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) dynorphin A and Met-enkephalin-Arg6-Phe7.

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Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway.


The CSF levels of Met-enkephalin-Arg6-Phe7 and dynorphin A were measured in patients with fibromyalgia. The mean CSF Met-enkephalin-Arg6-Phe7 level was 35.1 +/- 2.4 fmol/ml (mean +/- S.E.M.). The mean CSF level of dynorphin A was 14.3 +/- 0.9 fmol/ml. Regression analysis showed a statistically significant correlation between Met-enkephalin-Arg6-Phe7 and dynorphin A (r = 0.5369, P = 0.001). When correlated to the previously measured CSF levels of beta-endorphin, a statistically significant correlation was found with Met-enkephalin-Arg6-Phe7 (r = 0.5055, P = 0.03) but not with dynorphin A (P greater than 0.05). The Met-enkephalin-Arg6-Phe7 and dynorphin A levels are elevated compared to the levels available for comparison groups. Therefore, a lack of endorphin secretion does not seem to be the basis for the hyperalgesia observed in these patients.

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