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2023 Dec 13





μ opioid receptor carboxyl terminal-derived peptide alleviates morphine tolerance by inhibiting β-arrestin2.


Zhang M, Zhang Y, Li J, Li J, Ji J, Wang Z


The interaction between the μ opioid receptor (MOR) and β-arrestin2 serves as a model for addressing morphine tolerance. A peptide was designed to alleviate morphine tolerance through interfering with the interaction of MOR and β-arrestin2. We developed a peptide derived from MOR. The MOR-TAT-pep peptide was expressed in E. coli Bl21(DE3) and purified. The effects of MOR-TAT-pep in alleviating morphine tolerance was examined through behavior tests. The potential mechanism was detected by Western blotting, Mammalian Two-Hybrid and other techniques. The pretreatment with MOR-TAT-pep prior to morphine usage led to an enhanced analgesic effectiveness of morphine and a significant reduction in the development of morphine tolerance. The peptide directly interacted with β-arrestin2 during morphine treatment and deceased the membrane recruitment of β-arrestin2. MOR-TAT-pep effectively suppressed the increase of β-arrestin2 induced by morphine. The MOR-TAT-pep could alleviate morphine tolerance through inhibition of β-arrestin2.