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Naltrexone modulates growth in infant rats

Title
Naltrexone modulates growth in infant rats
Publication Type
Journal Article
Research Type
Animal
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Date
December 12, 1983
Authors
Zagon IS, McLaughlin PJ.
Institution
Pennsylvania State University
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Abstract
Naltrexone, a potent opiate antagonist, had both stimulatory and inhibitory effects on somatic growth in preweaning rats depending on dose. Daily injections of 50 mg/kg Naltrexone, which blocked morphine-induced analgesia for 24 hr/day, resulted in increased body and organ weights, and acceleration in the appearance of physical characteristics and maturation of spontaneous motor activity. Naltrexone in a dosage of 1 mg/kg, which blocked morphine-induced analgesia for 4 hr/day, had the opposite effects. These results show that Naltrexone can modulate growth, and suggest a role for the endorphins and opiate receptors in developmental events.