NOP Receptor Signaling Cascades
The nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) peptide (NOP) receptor is a G protein-coupled receptor with wide distribution throughout the peripheral and central nervous system. Similar to other opioid receptors, NOP receptors couple to intracellular second messengers and regulatory proteins to affect biological systems. In this chapter, we review the current literature for NOP signaling cascades including their role as classic GPCRs, the investigation of their kinase and arrestin signaling pathways, and the importance of examining biased signaling to critically evaluate the therapeutic potential of novel NOP agonists.
KeywordsArrestin Bias G protein N/OFQ Nociceptin NOP receptors
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