Author(s): Singh PP, Singh S, Dhawan VC, Haq W, Mathur KB,
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Abstract Methionine-enkephalin (M-Enk) and its analogue compound 82/205 (10(-5) and 10(-6) M) inhibited elaboration of Plasmodium cynomolgi total antigens soluble in culture medium (P.c.SA)-induced colony-stimulating factors (CSFs) by monkey blood monocyte-derived macrophages, in vitro. Paradoxically, lower concentrations (10(-7)-10(-9) M) of both the peptides greatly augmented CSFs elaboration; 82/205 appeared to be nearly 2.3-fold more potent. Naloxone (10(-5) M) pretreatment of macrophages inhibited only the M-Enk- and 82/205-induced enhanced CSFs elaboration, suggesting an opiate receptors-mediated mechanism of action. None of the peptides or naloxone (10(-5)-10(-9) M) had any direct effect on the CSF elaboration by unstimulated macrophages.
This article was published in J Biol Regul Homeost Agents
and referenced in Cell & Developmental Biology