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Pharmacological characterization of the novel nociceptin/orphanin FQ receptor ligand, ZP120: In vitro and in vivo studies in mice

By RIZZI A, RIZZI D, MARZOLA G, REGOLI D, LARSEN BD, PETERSEN JS and CALO' G.

Abstract

1 This study reports on the pharmacological characterization of ZP120, a novel ligand of the nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) peptide receptor, NOP. ZP120 is a structure inducing probes modified NOP ligand: Zealand Pharma proprietary SIP technology was used to increase the enzymatic stability and half-life of peptide. 2 In vitro, ZP120 mimicked the inhibitory effects of N/OFQ in the electrically stimulated mouse vas deferens, showing however higher potency (pEC(50) 8.88 vs 7.74), lower maximal effects (E(max) 69+/-5% vs 91+/-2%), and slower onset of action. Like N/OFQ, the effects of ZP120 were not modified by 1 micro M naloxone, but they were antagonized by the NOP receptor selective antagonist J-113397 (pA(2) 7.80 vs ZP120, 7.81 vs N/OFQ). 3 In vivo, ZP120 mimicked the effects of N/OFQ, producing pronociceptive effects in the tail withdrawal assay and decreased locomotor activity after i.c.v., but not after i.v. administration in mice. ZP120 elicited similar maximal effects as N/OFQ, but it was about 10 fold more potent and its effects lasted longer. 4 In conclusion, the novel NOP receptor ligand ZP120 is a highly potent and selective partial agonist of the NOP receptor with prolonged effects in vivo

Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:iris.unife.it:11392/1198621
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