Assessment of the analgesic effect of centhaquin in mouse tail flick and hot-plate tests.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Centhaquin is a centrally acting hypotensive drug like clonidine. Clonidine also produces analgesia and hypothermia in mice and potentiates morphine analgesia. Clonidine analgesia is blocked by idazoxan and naloxone while it is potentiated by BQ123 and sulfisoxazole. This study was conducted to determine the analgesic and hypothermic properties of centhaquin, and to assess whether it potentiates morphine analgesia. Yohimbine (α(2)-adrenergic antagonist), idazoxan (imidazoline/α(2)-adrenergic antagonist), naloxone (opioid antagonist), and BQ123 and sulfisoxazole (endothelin ET(A) antagonists) were used to study the involvement of these receptors in centhaquin analgesia and hypothermia. METHODS:Analgesic (tail flick and hot-plate tests) latencies and body temperatures were measured in male Swiss Webster mice treated with vehicle plus centhaquin, antagonists plus centhaquin or centhaquin plus morphine. RESULTS:Centhaquin produced dose-dependent analgesia which was partially blocked by yohimbine, idazoxan and naloxone. BQ123 and sulfisoxazole did not affect centhaquin analgesia. Morphine analgesia was not potentiated by centhaquin. Centhaquin produced mild hypothermia which was not blocked by yohimbine, idazoxan, naloxone, BQ123 or sulfisoxazole. CONCLUSIONS:This is the first report demonstrating the analgesic activity of centhaquin. The α(2)-adrenergic, imidazoline and opioid receptors are involved in mediating centhaquin analgesia. Endothelin ET(A) receptors do not play a role in centhaquin analgesia; centhaquin does not augment morphine analgesia.

journal_name

Pharmacology

journal_title

Pharmacology

authors

Andurkar SV,Gulati A

doi

10.1159/000331880

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2011-01-01 00:00:00

pages

233-41

issue

5-6

eissn

0031-7012

issn

1423-0313

pii

000331880

journal_volume

88

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