The profiles of action of β-funaltrexamine (β-FNA) and β-chlornaltrexamine (β-CNA) have been assessed in the mouse vas deferens preparation. β-FNA, but not β-CNA, demonstrated a reversible agonist action that appeared to be mediated via κ-receptor interaction. β-CNA produced an irreversible antagonism of μ-, κ- and δ-mediated agonist actions, whereas β-FNA irreversibly antagonized μ-mediated agonist effects only. This selective action of β-FNA could also be seen following administration in vivo. β-CNA and particularly β-FNA should prove valuable in the elucidation of multiple opioid receptors.
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i This investigation was supported by U.S. Public Health Grants DA 00289 and 01533 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
- Mouse vas deferens
- Multiple receptors
- Selective antagonism