The production of antibodies which recognize opiate receptors on murine leukocytes

Academic Article


  • An antibody has been developed which recognizes opiate receptors on cells of the immune system. This antibody blocks specific binding of the radiolabeled opiate receptor ligand, 3H-dihydromorphine, to receptors on murine splenocytes. Additionally, the anti-receptor antibody competes with β-endorphin, met-enkephalin, and naloxone for the same binding site on the leukocytes. Moreover, the anti-receptor antibody possesses agonist activity similar to β-endorphin in suppressing cAMP production by lymphocytes. These results suggest the development of an antibody which recognizes classical opiate receptors on cells of the immune system. © 1988.
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  • Life Sciences  Journal
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    Author List

  • Carr DJJ; Bost KL; Edwin Blalock J
  • Start Page

  • 2615
  • End Page

  • 2624
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 25