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: TAIL_FLICK_SECONDS_IN VIVO
Name: Late-stage results from the probe development effort to identify antagonists of OPRK1: In vivo tail flick assay.
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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The purpose of this assay is to assess the effect of a lead OPRK antagonist test compound in the Tail Flick assay in mice. The Tail Flick assay is a pain receptive assay in which a mouse is placed within a restraining tube with its tail protruding. The tail is placed on a level surface, radiant heat is applied to the tail and the latency of the mouse to remove its tail from the heat is recorded. This latency is used as a measure to indicate neurological pathology. In this assay, the mice are administered an OPRK agonist and test compound, and the ability of test compound to block the analgesic effect of the agonist compound is measured.
This assay was performed by the Mouse Behavioral Assessment Core of The Scripps Research Institute. Ten mice each were pre-treated with test compound (administered i.p. at 10 mg/kg), OPRK antagonist NOR-BNI (administered s.c. 10 mg/kg), or vehicle. Mice were subsequently challenged with OPRK agonist U-69593 (administered i.p. at 2 mg/kg) at one hour, 24 hours, and 1 week post pre-treatment. After each agonist challenge, each moue was tested by application of a heat source three times and the latency time of the mouse to remove its tail from the heat was measured and reported in seconds. Values reported are averages.
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Reagents were provided by the Mouse Behavioral Assessment Core of The Scripps Research Institute.