Source (MLPCN Center Name): The Scripps Research Institute Molecular Screening Center (SRIMSC) Affiliation: The Scripps Research Institute, TSRI Assay Provider: Lakshmi A. Devi, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Network: Molecular Library Probe Production Centers Network (MLPCN) Grant Proposal Number: R03NS053751 Grant Proposal PI: Lakshmi A. Devi, Mount Sinai School of Medicine External Assay ID: OPRK1_ANT_LCMS_PK
Name: Late-stage results from the probe development effort to identify antagonists of OPRK1: LCMS-based in vivo plasma and brain levels.
Potent and selective OPRK antagonists will be useful for studying the mechanisms involved in OPRK-mediated analgesia and may have therapeutic value as novel analgesics with an improved side effect profile to currently available drugs. Studies have identified a role for dynorphin and OPRK stimulation in neuropathic pain (1). The dynorphins act as endogenous agonists at the opioid receptors, including OPRK (2), and the increased dynorphin expression in neuropathic pain also leads to a sustained activation of OPRK (1, 3). The mechanisms and neural circuits in OPRK-mediated analgesia are active areas of study; it is hoped those studies will assist in the development of novel analgesics that bypass OPRK-mediated depression (4-5). A role for dynorphin/OPRK in modulating drug addiction has been proposed (for review, see (6-7)). The function of dynorphin/OPRK systems in addiction appears to be diverse, and may modulate drug-seeking behavior depending on factors such as drug history, pattern of intake, and stress (for review, see (6)). The availability of potent and selective OPRK ligands may help unravel these mechanisms, as well as prove to be of therapeutic utility. Evidence from preclinical studies indicates that the dynorphin/OPRK system may be dysregulated in affective psychiatric disorders (for review, see (6, 8)). However, solid evidence from clinical studies is lacking. There is increasing evidence for a potential involvement of dynorphin/OPRK in schizophrenia; OPRK agonists appear to induce symptoms in humans and animals that are present in schizophrenia (8-10). Thus, the availability of new research tools such as potent and selective OPRK antagonists will facilitate understanding the physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms of dynorphin/OPRK systems and their roles in psychiatric disease in humans.
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Assay Overview: The purpose of this assay is to assess the level of a lead OPRK antagonist test compound in mouse plasma and brain at 30 minutes and 120 minutes after dosing. Protocol Summary: Compounds are dosed IP at 10 mg/kg in a 1 mg/ml solution containing 1 part DMSO, 1 part tween 80, and 8 parts water into C57Bl6 mice (n = 6). Blood and brain were taken at 30 minutes and 120 minutes. Blood was collected into EDTA-containing tubes and plasma was generated using standard centrifugation techniques. Brain was homogenized and proteins are precipitated with acetonitrile and compound concentrations were determined by LC-MS/MS. Data are fit by WinNonLin using a noncompartmental model and compound concentration in plasma and brain is calculated. PubChem Activity Outcome and Score: The following applies to each panel in this assay: Compounds that exhibit a brain to plasma ratio of greater than 1 are considered active. Compounds that exhibit a brain to plasma ratio of less than or equal to 1 are considered inactive. Overall Outcome and Score: Compounds that are active in both panels are active, otherwise inactive. The PubChem Activity Score is assigned a value of 100 for active compounds, and 0 for inactive compounds. The PubChem Activity Score range for active compounds is 100-100. There are no inactive compounds. List of Reagents: Reagents were provided by the DMPK Laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida.