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Eur J Pharmacol. 1994 Jun 2;258(1-2):R1-3.

Antisense oligodeoxynucleotide to a delta-opioid receptor selectively blocks the spinal antinociception induced by delta-, but not mu- or kappa-opioid receptor agonists in the mouse.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 53226.


An antisense oligodeoxynucleotide (A-oligo) to delta-opioid receptor mRNA was utilized to block the expression of mouse delta-opioid receptor in the spinal cord of male ICR mice. Intrathecal treatment with A-oligo (1.6-163 pmol) dose-dependently attenuated the antinociception induced by i.t. administered DPDPE ([D-Pen2,5]enkephalin) or [D-Ala2]deltorphin II, delta-opioid receptor agonist, without affecting the antinociception induced by DAMGO ([D-Ala2-MePhe4,Gly(ol)5]enkephalin) or U50,488H, respective mu- or kappa-opioid receptor agonists. Scrambled sense oligodeoxynucleotide (163 pmol) was ineffective against the tail-flick inhibition induced by DPDPE,[D-Ala2]deltorphin, DAMGO or U50,488H. The studies confirm previous pharmacological studies at the molecular level indicating a distinct delta-opioid receptor for antinociception in the spinal cord.

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