Effects of atrial natriuretic peptide on acute and chronic effects of morphine

Alexej V. Azarov, Gyula Szabó, Gyula Telegdy

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Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is known to participate in different vegetative functions. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of ANP on nociception itself, pain sensitivity to morphine, and the development of acute and chronic tolerance to morphine. Morphine withdrawal signs were also evaluated by injecting naloxone. In adult, male NMRI mice, ANP administered SC or ICV did not affect pain sensitivity itself in a heat-radiant tail-flick test. Peptide treatment, however, depressed the acute nociceptive effect of a single dose of morphine (4 mg/kg, SC) after both SC (20-200 ng/animal) and ICV (5, 10, 20, or 200 ng/animal) ANP administration. ANP given SC and ICV attenuated the development of acute morphine tolerance. Acute morphine tolerance was assessed by giving a bolus injection of morphine (60 mg/kg) 24 h before the pain sensitivity to a challenge dose of morphine (4 mg/kg) was measured. ICV treatment with ANP also blocked the development of chronic morphine tolerance, but did not affect the appearance of naloxone-precipitated withdrawal syndromes. ANP seems to act differently on the development of tolerance to and dependence upon morphine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalPharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - szept. 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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