Decrease of morphine-induced prolactin release by a procedure causing prolonged stress

M. I.K. Fekete, B. Kanyicska, T. Szentendrei

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The effects of morphine and fentanyl on plasma prolactin levels in rats have been measured. It was found that a prolonged immobilization stressful procedure for 5 h inhibited the response to morphine and fentanyl to increase prolactin secretion, but did not influence the increase in plasma prolactin caused by haloperidol. The injection of a large dose of cortisol (25 mg/kg, s.c.) also evoked an inhibition of morphine-induced prolactin release. The inhibition was maximal 24 h after the administration of the glucocorticoid. These results indicate that stress may induce prolonged alteration in endogenous opioid-mediated neuromodulation via a prolonged release of glucocorticoids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-172
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Endocrinology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1984


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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