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[Phe1phi(CH2-NH)Gly2]nociceptin-(1-13)-NH2 acts as a partial agonist at ORL1 receptor endogenously expressed in mouse N1E-115 neuroblastoma cells.

The nociceptin derivative [Phe1phi(CH2-NH)Gly2]-nociceptin-(1-13)-NH2 (Phe(phi)noc) has been reported to act either as a simple antagonist or as a full agonist at the opioid receptor-like (ORL1) receptor. In the present study, we identified the expression of the ORL1 receptor in murine N1E-115 neuroblastoma cells and used this neuronal system to investigate the pharmacological activity of Phe(phi)noc. Like nociceptin, Phe(phi)noc stimulated the binding of [35S]GTPgammaS (EC50 = 120 nM) and inhibited forskolin-stimulated [3H]cAMP formation (EC50 = 3.3 nM). However, Phe(phi)noc elicited maximal effects lower than those induced by nociceptin, and when combined with nociceptin potently antagonized the responses to the natural agonist (Ki = 0.9 nM). These data indicate that Phe(phi)noc acts as a partial agonist at the ORL1 receptor endogenously expressed in N1E-115 cells.[1]


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