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Comparative aspects of opioid-dopamine interaction

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    Opiate receptors are found in invertebrate as well as mammalian systems, often in proximity to dopamergic systems. This review summarizes the interrelationships between these two transmitter systems in invertebrates.

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    The comparative data discussed here are of considerable significance. They recall that the opioid-dopamine relationships first demonstrated in the mammalian nervous system also apply to invertebrates and are therefore of more general importance. The results obtained in the molluskMytilus strengthen the concept that the activity of dopaminergic neurons may be modulated by afferent opioid signals and that, even in “more primitive” animals, interneuronal transfer of information is more complex than formerly visualized. Furthermore, the data indicate that endogenous opioids may exert tonic control over dopamine metabolism, thus implying interdependence of the two systems.

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Stefano, G.B. Comparative aspects of opioid-dopamine interaction. Cell Mol Neurobiol 2, 167–178 (1982).

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  • dopamine
  • opioids
  • invertebrate opioid responsiveness