Endogenous opiates and behavior: 2007

Peptides. 2008 Dec;29(12):2292-375. doi: 10.1016/j.peptides.2008.09.007. Epub 2008 Sep 21.


This paper is the thirtieth consecutive installment of the annual review of research concerning the endogenous opioid system. It summarizes papers published during 2007 that studied the behavioral effects of molecular, pharmacological and genetic manipulation of opioid peptides, opioid receptors, opioid agonists and opioid antagonists. The particular topics that continue to be covered include the molecular-biochemical effects and neurochemical localization studies of endogenous opioids and their receptors related to behavior, and the roles of these opioid peptides and receptors in pain and analgesia; stress and social status; tolerance and dependence; learning and memory; eating and drinking; alcohol and drugs of abuse; sexual activity and hormones, pregnancy, development and endocrinology; mental illness and mood; seizures and neurologic disorders; electrical-related activity and neurophysiology; general activity and locomotion; gastrointestinal, renal and hepatic functions; cardiovascular responses; respiration and thermoregulation; and immunological responses.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology*
  • Alcoholism / physiopathology
  • Analgesia
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Humans
  • Learning / physiology
  • Opioid Peptides / physiology*
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Receptors, Opioid / physiology*
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal / physiology


  • Opioid Peptides
  • Receptors, Opioid