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Loss of striatal mu1 opiate binding by substantia nigra lesions in the rat.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Life Sciences
0024-3205
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
43
Issue
21
Pages
1697–1700
Identifiers
PMID: 2848168
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Opiate receptors have been identified within the striatum and some have been localized presynaptically to nigrostriatal neurons. Using unilateral ablative lesions of the substantia nigra, we examined binding in the ipsilateral and contralateral striata. Lesions significantly lowered both 3H[D-Ala2,MePhe4,Gly(ol)5]enkephalin (DAGO) and 3H[D-Ala2,Leu5]enkephalin (DADL) binding. The inclusion of competitors in these assays revealed a decrease in both mu1 and mu2 receptors. Mu1 binding was slightly more sensitive to the lesioning than mu2 binding. Selective mu1 and mu2 binding assays supported these observations. No change in delta binding was observed in the lesioned striata. These studies raise the possibility that both mu1 and mu2, but not delta, receptors are localized presynaptically on nigrostriatal neurons.

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