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Peptides. 1987 Sep-Oct;8(5):869-75.

Mu-opiate binding and morphine antagonism by octapeptide analogs of somatostatin.

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Department of Psychology, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.


A series of cyclic conformationally restrained octapeptide analogs of somatostatin were examined for their ability to inhibit the binding of tritiated mu, kappa, and delta opiate receptor ligands. Several of these substances were found to have high affinity for mu opiate receptors while having very low affinity for both kappa and delta receptors. Previous suggestions that somatostatin analogs exhibit opiate antagonist activity led to a study of the ability of the two most potent compounds to inhibit morphine analgesia in rats after intracerebroventricular injection. One of the compounds significantly antagonized morphine analgesia although the other displayed severe toxicity. These two compounds differed in that the very toxic compound had previously been found to possess significant somatostatin activity. It thus appears that the structural requirements for toxicity and somatostatin activity can be differentiated from those for opiate activity.

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