Analysis of the role of delta opioid receptors in gastroprotection in the rat

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The effect of delta opioid agonists - [D-Ala2, D-Leu5]-enkephalin (DADLE), [D-Pen2, D-Pen5]-enkephalin (DPDPE) and deltorphin II - on acidified ethanol induced gastric mucosal lesions was studied in the rat compared with that of morphine. It was found that DADLE, DPDPE, deltorphin II and morphine exerted a dose-dependent inhibition on the mucosal lesions injected subcutaneously, their ID50 values were 0.037, 1.8, 3.5 and 0.35 μmoles/kg, respectively. Naltrindole (10 mg/kg sc.), the selective delta opioid receptor antagonist, inhibited the gastroprotective effect of DADLE, DPDPE and deltorphin II, but it failed to antagonise the effect of morphine. Our results suggest that 1. delta receptors are involved in opioid-mediated gastroprotection, 2. ethanol-induced gastric mucosal damage in the rat may be a quick, simple in vivo model for screening opioid delta receptor agonists and antagonists in the periphery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1337-1347
Number of pages11
JournalLife sciences
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Mar 14 1997


  • deltorphin II
  • gastric mucosal lesions
  • naltrindole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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