SEARCH

SEARCH BY CITATION

Keywords:

  • antianalgesia;
  • antinociception;
  • dextro-naloxone;
  • lipopolysaccharide;
  • opioid

Abstract

Glial stimulation by intrathecal injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) attenuated the tail-flick inhibition produced by morphine given intrathecally in the spinal cord of the male CD-1 mice. The phenomenon has been defined as antianalgesia. The effects of dextro-naloxone or levo-naloxone on the attenuation of morphine-produced tail-flick inhibition induced by LPS were then studied. Pretreatment with dextro-naloxone or levo-naloxone reversed the attenuation of the morphine-produced tail-flick inhibition induced by LPS. Pretreatment with dextro-naloxone or levo-naloxone alone did not affect the morphine-produced tail-flick inhibition. It is concluded that dextro-naloxone and levo-naloxone block the LPS-induced antianalgesia against morphine antinociception via a non-opioid mechanism.