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Neuropharmacology. 1993 Aug;32(8):799-806.

Resinferatoxin, an ultrapotent capsaicin analogue, has anti-emetic properties in the ferret.

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Department of Physiology, St George's Hospital Medical School, Tooting, London, U.K.


Resinferatoxin (100 micrograms/kg, s.c.), the ultrapotent analogue of capsaicin, when given acutely blocked radiation-(200 rads) and copper sulphate (40 mg% 30 ml, p.o.)-induced emesis in ferrets and substantially decreased loperamide (0.5 mg/kg, s.c.)-induced vomiting, without significantly affecting the von Bezold-Jarisch reflex or gag reflex. It also produced a decrease in core temperature as has been reported for capsaicin. The observation that resinferatoxin reduced or blocked emesis induced by both centrally (loperamide) and peripherally (CuSO4, radiation) acting stimuli suggests a novel anti-emetic action that may provide an insight into clinically useful innovative anti-emetics. The mechanism by which resinferatoxin has its anti-emetic effect is at present unknown, although the combination of results from the present study suggest a central site of action involving modulation of release of neurotransmitter, possibly in the nucleus tractus solitarius.

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