PMID: 6793Jul 1, 1976

The correlation between antinociceptive activity of narcotics and their antagonists as measured in the mouse tail-flick test and increased synthesis of brain catecholamines

The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
A S BloomK K Brosius


The effects of several narcotics, narcotic antagonists-analgesics and narcotic antagonists on the synthesis of dopamine and norepinephrine in mouse brain were estimated and related to their activity in the tail-flick test. Catecholamine synthesis was estimated by measuring the accumulation of 3H-dopamine and 3H-norepinephrine formed from an injection of 3H-tyrosine. Morphine produced dose-related increases in both tail-flick activity and catecholamine synthesis. Each of the narcotic analgesics produced a significant increase in catecholamine synthesis 30 minutes after the subcutaneous injection of an antinociceptive dose (ED80). Under these same conditions, drugs which are inactive in the tail-flick test, such as pentazocine, produced a decrease in catecholamine synthesis and cyclazocine; naloxone and naltrexone were without significant effect. However, cyclazocine, which was inactive in the tail-flick test and did not alter catecholamine synthesis 30 minutes after administration, demonstrated tail-flick activity and produced increased catecholamine synthesis 2 minutes after its administration. Morphine was devoid of either activity 2 minutes after administration. Similarly, at 2 hours after the administration of a dose of morp...Continue Reading

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