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Papers: 15 Jun 2024 - 21 Jun 2024


Adv Neurobiol



Interactions Between Endogenous Opioids and the Immune System.


Du W


The endogenous opioid system, which consists of opioid receptors and their ligands, is widely expressed in the nervous system and also found in the immune system. As a part of the body’s defense machinery, the immune system is heavily regulated by endogenous opioid peptides. Many types of immune cells, including macrophages, dendritic cells, neutrophils, and lymphocytes are influenced by endogenous opioids, which affect cell activation, differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis, phagocytosis, and cytokine production. Additionally, immune cells also synthesize and secrete endogenous opioid peptides and participate peripheral analgesia. This chapter is structured into two sections. Part one focuses on immunoregulatory functions of central endogenous opioids; and part two describes how opioid peptide-containing immune cells participate in local analgesia.