Ready-to-Assay™ κ Opioid Receptor Frozen Cells

Opiates derived from the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, have been used for millenia for their anti-diarrheal, analgesic and euphoric properties. More recently, endogenous peptides, enkephalins, dynorphins, and endorphins, were found to bind to the same sites as opiate alkaloids. The receptors for the classical opioids are three related GPCRs, δ, κ, and µ, that activate Gi/o to reduce intracellular cAMP levels. Most clinically used opioids function by activation of the µ opioid receptor. Activation of the κ opioid receptor by selective agonists also produces analgesia, primarily mediated by spinal sites, but causes dysphoria and psychosis instead of euphoria. The κ receptor at central and peripheral sites is also largely responsible for the anti-diarrheal effects of opiates (Dhawan et al., 1996). Cloned human -expressing cell line is made in the Chem-1 host, which supports high levels of recombinant κ expression on the cell surface and contains high levels of the promiscuous G protein Gα15 to couple the receptor to the calcium signaling pathway.

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HTS095RTA 2 Vials $778.00

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2 Vials (1 ml/vial) of mycoplasma-free cells for one 96-well plate. Includes cell plating media (50 mL).
Cell vials are to be stored in the vapor phase of liquid N2. Media Component at 4ºC (or -20ºC for prolonged storage).