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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Effects of supraspinal administration of PG-SPI and PG-KII, two amphibian tachykinin peptides, on nociception in the rat.

We investigated and compared the effects of two amphibian tachykinins, the NK1 receptor agonist PG-SPI and the NK3 receptor agonist PG-KII, and the mammalian tachykinins substance P, neurokinin A and neurokinin B on the reaction time to a painful radiant heat stimulus (tail-flick test in rats) after intracerebroventricular injection. PG-SPI (1, 10 and 20 microg) and PG-KII (1, 5 and 10 microg) significantly increased the reaction time. Substance P (10 microg) injected intracerebroventricularly induced antinociception, whereas neurokinin A and neurokinin B did not. Like analgesia evoked by exogenous substance P, PG-SPI-evoked analgesia was blocked by pretreatment with naloxone. Naloxone left PG-KII antinociception unchanged, but the NK3 receptor selective antagonist markedly reduced it. These findings suggest NK1 and NK3 tachykinin receptor system involvement in supraspinal analgesia in rats.[1]


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