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Enhanced humoral response in kappa-opioid receptor knockout mice


Opiates are major analgesics and addictive drugs described also as immunomodulators. Here, we investigated the contribution of kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) activity in immunity in vivo by studying immune responses in KOR knockout mice. These animals displayed a modest reduction in thymus cellularity and CD4(+) cell ratio, parallel to a slight increase in immature CD4(+)CD8(+) lymphocytes. In spleen, KOR null animals showed augmented cell number with no change in cell distribution. T and B lymphocyte proliferative capabilities in vitro, Natural Killer activity and steady-state Ig levels were unchanged in KOR-/- mice. We immunized the mice with the antigen keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH). Compared to wild-type (WT) mice, KOR-/- animals produced significant higher levels of antigen-specific total Ig, IgM, IgG1 and IgG2a antibodies. This enhancement of humoral activity was not observed in mu-opioid receptor and delta-opioid receptor knockout animals. These results show that endogenous activation of kappa-opioid receptors may exert a tonic inhibition of antibody (Ab) response.

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hal-04145109 , version 1 (28-06-2023)



Claire Gaveriaux-Ruff, Frédéric Simonin, Dominique Filliol, Brigitte Kieffer. Enhanced humoral response in kappa-opioid receptor knockout mice. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 2003, 134 (1-2), pp.72-81. ⟨10.1016/s0165-5728(02)00419-8⟩. ⟨hal-04145109⟩
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