Endomorphins 1 and 2 induce amnesia via selective modulation of dopamine receptors in mice.

Department of Chemical Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Meijo University, 468-8503, Nagoya, Japan.
European Journal of Pharmacology (Impact Factor: 2.59). 07/2002; 446(1-3):97-101. DOI: 10.1016/S0014-2999(02)01760-0
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The involvement of dopamine receptors in the amnesic effects of the endogenous micro-opioid receptor agonists endomorphins 1 and 2 was investigated by observing step-down type passive avoidance learning in mice. Although the dopamine D1 receptor agonist R(+)-1-phenyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3-benzazepine-7,8-diol hydrochloride (R(+)-SKF38393) (0.05 and 0.1 mg/kg), the dopamine D1 receptor antagonist R(+)-7-chloro-8-hydroxy-3-methyl-1-phenyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3-benzazepine hydrochloride (R(+)-SCH23390) (2.5 and 5 microg/kg) or the dopamine D2 receptor agonist N-n-phenethyl-N-propylethyl-p-(3-hydroxyphenyl)-ethylamine (RU24213) (0.3 and 1 mg/kg) had no significant effects on the endomorphin-1 (10 microg)- or endomorphin-2 (10 microg)-induced decrease in step-down latency of passive avoidance learning, (-)-sulpiride (10 mg/kg), a dopamine D2 receptor antagonist, significantly reversed the decrease in step-down latency evoked by endomorphin-2 (10 microg), but not by endomorphin-1 (10 microg). Taken together, it is likely that stimulation of dopamine D2 receptors results in the endomorphin-2-but not endomorphin-1-induced impairment of passive avoidance learning.