The effects of β endorphin on the antinociceptive responses and abrupt withdrawal jumping in morphine dependent mice were studied. Mice were rendered morphine dependent by implantation of a morphine pellet (75 mg base) for 3 days. The analgesic response to β endorphin decreased after morphine pellet implantation, as evidenced by an eight fold increase in the median antinociceptive dose. A similar increase in the median antinociceptive dose of morphine was found. In small doses (0.09 - 0.17 μg per mouse ), β endorphin suppressed abrupt withdrawal jumping. Met enkephalin, even in high doses (200 μg per mouse), did not suppress abrupt withdrawal jumping.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - 1976|