Chronic spinal infusion of the opiate antagonist naloxone or naltrexone fail to influence the antinociceptive effect of subsequent intrathecal morphine on the hot plate test in rats compared to saline-infused controls. These results contrast the functional supersensitivity to morphine seen after long-term systemic opiate antagonist administration and support the hypothesis that dopaminergic interactions, lacking in the spinal cord, are necessary for antagonist-induced opioid receptor upregulation.
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - 10 Nov 1987|
- Opioid receptor