Intrathecal dynorphins suppress hindlimb electromyographic activity in rats

Craig W. Stevens, Matthew B. Weinger, Tony L. Yaksh

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Intrathecal administration of dynorphin A-(1-17) produced suppression of hindlimb electromyographic activity in rats. This effect was seen also with the [D-Ala2]dynorphin (A-(1-17) analog. Intrathecal saline or the prototypical κ opiate agonist, U50488, did not produce any change in electromyographic activity. These results, along with others, suggest that dynorphin or degradation fragment(s) of dynorphin, induces inhibition of ventral horn output and may possibly have toxic effects on ventral horn cells of the spinal cord.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 19 Jun 1987


  • (Intrathecal administration)
  • Dynorphin A-(1-17)
  • Motor dysfunction
  • U50488
  • κ Opiates


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