Nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) and N/OFQ peptide (NOP) receptors are implicated in many physiological functions including pain regulation. This study quantitatively investigated the interaction of a novel NOP receptor antagonist, UFP-101 ([Nphe1,Arg14,Lys15]N/OFQNH2), with N/OFQ in the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray, a crucial midbrain area for pain regulation. N/OFQ concentration-dependently activated G-protein coupled inwardly rectifying K+ (GIRK) channels in ventrolateral neurons of periaqueductal gray slices. UFP-101 antagonized N/OFQ-induced GIRK channel activation in a concentration-dependent manner and produced a parallel shift of the concentration-response curve of N/OFQ. The pA2 value estimated from Schild plot is 6.92T0.06. At concentrations up to 1 AM, UFP-101 had no effect on membrane current per se and did not affect the GIRK current activated by [d-Ala2, N-Me-Phe4, Gly-ol5]-enkephalin, a Aopioid receptor agonist. It is concluded that UFP-101 is a potent and competitive peptide antagonist of NOP receptors that mediate GIRK channel activation in ventrolateral periaqueductal gray neurons.

[Nphe(1),Arg(14),Lys(15)]N/OFQ-NH2 is a competitive antagonist of NOP receptors in the periaqueductal gray

CALO', Girolamo
2005

Abstract

Nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) and N/OFQ peptide (NOP) receptors are implicated in many physiological functions including pain regulation. This study quantitatively investigated the interaction of a novel NOP receptor antagonist, UFP-101 ([Nphe1,Arg14,Lys15]N/OFQNH2), with N/OFQ in the ventrolateral periaqueductal gray, a crucial midbrain area for pain regulation. N/OFQ concentration-dependently activated G-protein coupled inwardly rectifying K+ (GIRK) channels in ventrolateral neurons of periaqueductal gray slices. UFP-101 antagonized N/OFQ-induced GIRK channel activation in a concentration-dependent manner and produced a parallel shift of the concentration-response curve of N/OFQ. The pA2 value estimated from Schild plot is 6.92T0.06. At concentrations up to 1 AM, UFP-101 had no effect on membrane current per se and did not affect the GIRK current activated by [d-Ala2, N-Me-Phe4, Gly-ol5]-enkephalin, a Aopioid receptor agonist. It is concluded that UFP-101 is a potent and competitive peptide antagonist of NOP receptors that mediate GIRK channel activation in ventrolateral periaqueductal gray neurons.
2005
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