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Phe1psi(CH2-NH)Gly2]nociceptin-(1-13)-NH2 is an agonist of the nociceptin (ORL1) receptor

Phe1psi(CH2-NH)Gly2]nociceptin-(1-13)-NH2 is an agonist of the nociceptin (ORL1) receptor

European Journal of Pharmacology 349(1): R5

[Phe1psi(CH2-NH)Gly2]nociceptin-(1-13)-NH2, a pseudopeptide analog of nociceptin, has been shown to be a selective 'antagonist' of the nociceptin receptor in the isolated guinea pig ileum and mouse vas deferens preparations (Guerrini et al., 1998. Br. J. Pharmacol. 123, 163-165). However, in recombinant chinese hamster ovary cells expressing the human nociceptin receptor, we find that the pseudopeptide is a potent (IC50 = 7.5 nM) and fully efficacious inhibitor of forskolin-induced accumulation of cAMP, thus behaving as a pure 'agonist' rather than an antagonist of the receptor. The contrary behaviour of the pseudopeptide in smooth muscle and transformed cells may suggest that different nociceptin receptor types are being addressed in the two systems.

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