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Life Sci. 1987 Sep 21;41(12):1449-55.

Reversal of the effects of centrally-administered morphine on colonic motility in dogs by the benzodiazepine receptor antagonist RO 15-1788.


The effects of intravenous (i.v.) and intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) administration of morphine on jejunal and colonic motility were investigated in conscious dogs chronically prepared with strain gage transducers and compared to those of i.c.v. DAGO, a highly selective opiate mu agonist. Morphine i.v. (100 micrograms/kg) and i.c.v. (10 micrograms/kg) administered 3 hrs after a meal stimulated colonic motility for 3-5 hrs and induced a phase 3 on the jejunum, which appeared after a 15-60 min delay following i.c.v. administration. These effects were reproduced by DAGO administration at doses of 2 micrograms/kg i.v. and 0.2 micrograms/kg i.c.v. The effects of i.v., but not those of i.c.v., morphine and DAGO on jejunal and colonic motility were blocked by a previous administration of naloxone (100 micrograms/kg i.v.). The colonic stimulation but not the jejunal phase 3 induced by i.c.v. morphine and DAGO were blocked by RO 15-1788 (1 mg/kg i.v.), a selective benzodiazepine antagonist. The colonic stimulation induced by i.v. morphine or DAGO was not modify by i.v. RO 15-1788. It is concluded that i.c.v. administration of mu agonist involved benzodiazepine but not opiate receptors to stimulate colonic motility in dogs.

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