The functional relations between nucleus accumbens and amygdala were investigated with intracranial microinjection, push-pull perfusion and radioimmunoassay in the rabbit. Microinjection of morphine 20 micrograms into nucleus accumbens increased the immunoreactive (ir) enkephalin content in amygdala perfusate from a control level of 0.43 +/- 0.43 fmol/0.5 ml (normal saline group) to 61.6 +/- 16.3 fmol/0.5 ml (P less than 0.01); and ir-beta-endorphin content from 1.88 +/- 0.98 fmol/0.5 ml to 4.80 +/- 1.12 fmol/0.5 ml (P less than 0.05). On the other hand, microinjection of morphine into amygdala increased the release of ir-enkephalins (2.41 +/- 1.41 vs 34.6 +/- 8.4, P less than 0.01) and ir-beta-endorphin (1.79 +/- 0.64 vs 5.58 +/- 1.39 P less than 0.05) in the perfusates of N. accumbens. The results indicate the existence of reciprocal reinforcement of opioid release between the two nuclei, which may take part in a putative positive feedback mechanism in the cerebral analgesic system.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Acta Physiologica Sinica|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1991|
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- Medicine (all)