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Neuropeptides. 1989 Aug-Sep;14(2):85-92.

Cholecystokinin interferes with the thermoregulatory effect of exogenous and endogenous opioids.

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Department of Physiology, Albert Szent-Györgyi University Medical School, Szeged, Hungary.


Intraperitoneal (ip) injection of cholecystokinin octapeptide sulfate ester (CCK; 5, 10 and 50 micrograms/kg) reduced the hypothermic response to 8 mg/kg and 32 mg/kg systemic morphine in restrained and freely moving rats, respectively. The hyperthermia elicited by a subcutaneous (sc) injection of 8 mg/kg morphine to freely moving rats was not diminished by CCK pretreatment. CCK (5 micrograms/kp ip) completely prevented the restraint stress-induced hyperthermia. Naloxone (1 mg/gk sc) was effective in antagonizing both the hyperthermic and the hypothermic effects of morphine and the stress-induced emotional hyperthermia. These results support the hypothesis that CCK may contribute to regulation of the endogenous opioid system.

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