Opioids pp 37-52 | Cite as

Characterization of Opioid-Binding Proteins and Other Molecules Related to Opioid Function

  • A. P. Smith
  • H. H. Loh
  • N. M. Lee
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 104 / 1)


Nearly 2 decades after their discovery in mammalian brain, opioid receptors remain largely uncharacterized structurally and functionally. While a great body of pharmacological and biochemical information has accumulated from studies of membrane-bound opioid receptors, continued difficulties in purifying these receptors has precluded investigators from obtaining such standard knowledge as the receptor’s amino acid sequence, its overall conformation in the cell membrane, the location of its ligand-binding site, and the identity of functional molecules associated with it.


Adenylate Cyclase Opioid Receptor Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule Opioid Ligand Antiidiotypic Antibody 
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  • H. H. Loh
  • N. M. Lee

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