Inhibition of oestradiol-induced DNA synthesis by opioid peptides in the rat uterus

Tamás Ördög, Zsuzsanna Vértes, Marietta Vértes

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Opioid drugs and peptides were investigated for their effect on uterine DNA synthesis induced by a single injection of 17β-oestradiol given to ovariectomized rats 24 h prior to decapitation. [D-Met2, Pro5]-enkephalinamide administered 12, 2 or 1 h before killing resulted in a significant (⇔ld50%) inhibition of in vitro [3H]-thymidine incorporation into DNA, while injections given 24 or 6 h before decapitation were ineffective. Non-linear regression of the dose-effect curves resulted in an ED50 of ⇔ld0.26 and ⇔ld0.45 μg/100 g b.wt. for the opioid treatments given 12 or 2 h before killing, respectively. These effects could be completely reversed by the opioid antagonist naloxone injected 30 min prior to the agonist treatment, while naloxone itself had no effect. Morphine and [D-Ala2, D-Leu5]-enkephalin administered 12 h, as well as dynorphin A fragment 1-13 given 2 h before decapitation also inhibited oestradiol-induced uterine DNA synthesis. In ovariectomized animals without 17β-oestradiol priming no significant effect of [D-Met2, Pro5]-enkephalinamide or naloxone on [3H]TdR incorporation was found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1187-1196
Number of pages10
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number15
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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