Clocinnamox dose-dependently antagonizes morphine-analgesia and [3H]DAMGO binding in rats

Carol A. Paronis, James H. Woods

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Clocinnamox is a long-lasting, nonequilibrium, μ-opioid receptor antagonist in mice and monkeys. The present studies examined the in vivo and ex vivo effects of clocinnamox in rats. Under control conditions, morphine dose-dependently increased tail-withdrawal latencies from 50°C water, with a mean ED50 of 7.3 ± 1.1 mg/kg. Clocinnamox antagonized the antinociceptive effects of morphine. 1.0 mg/kg clocinnamox displaced the morphine dose-response curve 4-fold to the right of the control curve and 10 mg/kg clocinnamox eliminated morphine's antinociceptive effects at doses up to 1000 mg/kg for at least seven days. There was a gradual recovery of the antinociceptive response to morphine; however, the morphine dose-response curve did not return to its original position by five weeks after 10 mg/kg clocinnamox. Whole brain membranes were prepared from separate groups of rats for determination of binding parameters [3H][D-Ala2,N-Me-Phe4Gly5-ol]-enkephalin (DAMGO). Clocinnamox dose-dependently decreased [3H]DAMGO binding ex vivo and the decreased binding was a result of changes in B(max). The control B(max) for [3H]DAMGO was 234 ± 8 fmol/mg protein; in membranes prepared from rats pretreated with 10 mg/kg clocinnamox, the B(max) value for [3H]DAMGO was 54 ± 2 fmol/mg protein. The B(max) values for [3H]DAMGO binding after an injection of 10 mg/kg clocinnamox returned towards control values gradually, four weeks after clocinnamox the B(max) was 178 ± 10 fmol/mg protein. These results suggest that clocinnamox is a long-lasting nonequilibrium μ-opioid receptor antagonist in rats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 15 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Analgesia
  • Clocinnamox
  • Morphine
  • Opioid receptor binding
  • Rat
  • [H]DAMGO ([H][D-Ala,N-Me-Phe,Gly-ol]-enkephalin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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