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Opioid Research : Methods and Protocols

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Opioid research is one of the multidisciplinary research areas that involve advanced techniques ranging from molecular genetics to neuropharmacology, and from behavioral neuroscience to clinical medicine. In current opioid research, it has become increasingly important to use multiple approaches at molecular, cellular, and system levels for investigations on a specific opio- related target system. That often requires understanding and applying cro- field techniques and methods for the success of one's research projects. Through its broad spectrum of coverage, Opioid Research: Methods and Protocols provides a comprehensive collection of major laboratory methods and protocols in current opioid research, covering topics from molecular and genetic techniques to behavioral analyses of animal models, and then to clinical practice. It will serve as a convenient reference book from which those involved in opioid research will learn or perfect the necessary cross-field techniques. The detailed methods and protocols described in Opioid Research: Methods and Protocols have each been successfully applied in current opioid research. Part I provides molecular techniques for the cloning and expression of opioid receptors, and for the quantitative characterization of their signaling pathways. Part II includes primary techniques for mapping the distributions and detecting the expression levels of opioid receptors, opioid peptides, and their messages in brain tissues and in individual cells. Part III deals with methods for creating in vitro receptor models and in vivo animal models to study opioid functions. Part IV describes practical applications of opioids in clinical medicine for the treatment of pain and opioid addiction.show more

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  • Hardback | 307 pages
  • 157.5 x 234.2 x 22.6mm | 639.58g
  • Humana Press Inc.
  • Totowa, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2003 ed.
  • biography
  • 158829059X
  • 9781588290595

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Opioid research has grown enormously over the last decade, and with it, the need to apply multiple techniques from a variety of disciplines. In Opioid Research: Methods and Protocols, expert researchers and physicians provide a comprehensive collection of the major cross-disciplinary methods and protocols used in current opioid research, covering topics from molecular and genetic techniques, to behavioral analyses of animal models, to clinical practices. The well-practiced authors describe their best molecular techniques for the cloning and expression of opioid receptors, and for the quantitative characterization of their signaling pathways, as well as for mapping the distribution and detecting the expression levels of opioid receptors, opioid peptides, and their messages, in both brain tissues and individual cells. Also included are methods for the creation of in vitro and in vivo animal models to study opioid functions, as well as the clinical applications in the treatment of pain and opioid addiction. Each proven technique contains step-by-step instructions, explanations of the basic science involved, and notes on avoiding pitfalls. Comprehensive and authoritative, Opioid Research: Methods and Protocols offers researchers an indispensable guide to all the major multidisciplinary techniques needed for successful research in opioid biology and medicine today.show more

Table of contents

Part I. Molecular Characterization of Opioid Receptors and Signaling Pathways Molecular Cloning of Opioid Receptors by cDNA Library Screening Ying-Xian Pan Expression of Opioid Receptors in Mammalian Cell Lines Ying-Xian Pan Assessing Opioid Regulation of Adenylyl Cyclase Activity in Intact Cells Deepak R. Thakker, Hatice Z. Ozsoy, and Kelly M. Standifer Analysis of Opioid-Induced Kinase Activation, Lan Ma Study of Opioid Receptor Phosphorylation Using Cell-Labeling Method with 32P-Orthrophosphate Jia Bei Wang Opioid Receptor Coupling to GIRK Channels: In Vitro Studies Using a Xenopus Oocyte Expression System and In Vivo Studies on Weaver Mutant Mice Kazutaka Ikeda, Mitsunobu Yoshii, Ichiro Sora, and Toru Kobayashi Identification of Alternatively Spliced Variants from Opioid Receptor Genes Ying-Xian Pan Part II. Mapping and Detection of Endogenous Opioids Immunohistochemical Localization of m-, d- and k-Opioid Receptors Within the Antinociceptive Brainstem Circuits Alexander E. Kalyuzhny In Situ Hybridization in Neural Tissues Howard B. Gutstein Quantitative Single-Cell RT-PCR for Opioid Receptors and Housekeeping Genes Seth C. Silbert Gene Arrays and Proteomics: A Primer Lionel Mouledous and Howard B. Gutstein Part III. Model Systems for Studies on Opioid Functions Opioid Receptor Oligomerization: Detection and Functional Characterization of Interacting Receptors Ivone Gomes, Julija Filipovska, and Lakshmi A. Devi Recombinant Opioid Receptors: Structure-Function Relationship Julija Filipovska, Ivone Gomes, Wei Xu, Chongguang Chen, Lee-Yuan Liu-Chen, and Lakshmi A. Devi Receptor Knock-Out and Gene Targeting: Generation of Knock-Out Mice Ichiro Sora, Kazutaka Ikeda, and Yuji Mishina Pharmacological Interventions at theSpinal Cord: Intrathecal Injections Daphne A. Robinson and Min Zhuo Opioid Tolerance in Adult and Neonatal Rats Zhizhong Z. Pan Animal Models of Neuropathic Pain William J. Martin, Laike St. A. Stewart, and Jason W. Tarpley Place Conditioning to Study Drug Reward and Aversion William A. Carlezon, Jr. Opiate Self-Administration Zheng-Xiong Xi and Elliot A. Stein Part IV. Clinical Applications of Opioids Acute, Chronic, and Cancer Pain: Clinical Management Allen W. Burton Clinical Treatment of Opioid Addiction and Dependence Walter Ling, Richard A. Rawson and Margaret Compton Indexshow more