Antihyperalgesic effect of [(±)-(2,4,6-cis)-4-chloro-6-(naphthalen-1-yl)-tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl]methanol: participation of the NO/cGMP/KATP pathway and κ-opioid receptor

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Abstract

The present study used behavioral analyses to investigate the involvement of the NO/cGMP/KATP pathway, serotoninergic, and opioid systems in the antinociceptive action of [(±)-(2,4,6-cis)-4-chloro-6-(naphthalen-1-yl)-tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl]methanol (CTHP) in mice. Oral administration of CTHP (1, 5, 10, and 30 mg/kg) exerted effects at higher doses in chemical models of nociception (the acetic acid writhing and formalin tests) as well as a thermal model (the tail-flick test). It was also found that pretreatment with L-NG-nitroarginine methyl ester (nonselective nitric oxide synthase inhibitor), 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one (selective inhibitor of nitric oxide-sensitive guanosyl cyclase), glibenclamide (selective ATP-sensitive K+ channel blocker), naloxone (nonselective opioid receptor blocker), and nor-binaltorphimine (selective κ-opioid receptor blocker), but not methylnaltrexone (peripheral μ-opioid receptor blocker) or naltrindole (selective δ-opioid receptor blocker), reversed the antinociceptive effect of CTHP. In addition, CTHP induced the development of tolerance in the tail-flick test: the tolerance appeared later compared with morphine, and was only observed with a higher dose. Taken together, the present study showed that the systemic administration of CTHP reduced pain induced by chemical and thermal stimuli. We also suggest that the possible mechanisms include the involvement of the NO/cGMP/KATP pathway and the κ-opioid receptor.

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