Properties and localization of β-endorphin receptor in rat brain

P. Y. Law, H. H. Loh, C. H. Li

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Stereospecific high-affinity binding sites for βh-[3H]endorphin could be demonstrated in the P2 pellet of rat brain homogenate. Scatchard analysis of the binding data revealed binding sites with Kd values of 0.81 and 6.8 nM and density of 120 and 240 fmol/mg of protein. Distribution of βh[3H]endorphin binding in various brain regions parallels that of opiate receptor: striatum > thalamus > amygdala > hypothalamus, septum > cortex > midbrain, brainstem. Similar to their effect on 3H-labeled agonist binding, Na+ and other monovalent cations, GTP, trypsin, chymotrypsin, phospholipase A2, and N-ethylmaleimide all inhibited the specific binding of βh[3H]endorphin. In contrast to their action on alkaloid and enkephalin binding, Ca2+, Mg2+, and Mn2+ also inhibited βh-[3H]endorphin binding. These data suggest a difference between βh-endorphin and alkaloid/enkephalin binding sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5455-5459
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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