Lack of antinociceptive efficacy of intracerebroventricular [D-Ala2,Glu4]deltorphin, but not [D-Pen2,D-Pen5]enkephalin, in the mu-opioid receptor deficient CXBK mouse.Eur J Pharmacol. 1992 Jun 17; 216(3):453-6.EJ
The antinociceptive efficacy of [D-Pen2,D-Pen5]enkephalin (DPDPE) (delta 1 agonist) and [D-Ala2,Glu4]deltorphin (delta 2 agonist) was evaluated following intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) or intrathecal (i.t.) administration in CD-1 and CXBK strains of mice using the radiant heat tail-flick test. Following i.c.v. administration, [D-Ala2,Glu4]deltorphin was effective in CD-1, but not CXBK, mice; DPDPE was approximately equiactive in both strains. While i.c.v. [D-Ala2,Glu4]deltorphin did not produce antinociception in the CXBK mouse, it effectively antagonized the antinociceptive actions of i.c.v. DPDPE. [D-Ala2,Glu4]deltorphin was effective following i.t. administration in both strains. These data suggest possible differences in the supraspinal populations of opioid delta receptor subtypes in the CXBK strain. On the basis of previously established selectivity of these agonists, the CXBK mouse may have a predominate population of supraspinal opioid delta 1, rather than delta 2, receptors.