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2024 Apr 25

Br J Pharmacol


Non-linear blood-brain barrier transport and dosing strategies influence receptor occupancy ratios of morphine and its metabolites in pain matrix.


Budda D, Gülave B, van Hasselt JGC, de Lange ECM


Morphine is important for treatment of acute and chronic pain. However, there is high interpatient variability and often inadequate pain relief and adverse effects. To better understand variability in the dose-effect relationships of morphine, we investigated the effects of its non-linear blood-brain barrier (BBB) transport on μ-receptor occupancy in different CNS locations, in conjunction with its main metabolites that bind to the same receptor.