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, 20 (3), 291-305

Recently Patented and Promising ORL-1 Ligands: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?


Recently Patented and Promising ORL-1 Ligands: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

Tally M Largent-Milnes et al. Expert Opin Ther Pat.


Importance of the field: The interactions of nociceptin/orphanin FQ (N/OFQ) and the opioid receptor-like receptor 1 (nociceptin opioid peptide--NOP) have been implicated in a variety of systems including cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, and the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Areas covered in this review: To elucidate the endogenous role of the N/OFQ-NOP system through the use of knockout and knockdown animal preparations, though most advances have been made using a host of synthetic agonists and antagonists. This review gives a brief history of the receptor-ligand discovery, the development of these agonists and antagonists within the last 10 years as published, and the therapeutic indications thereof focusing on pain.

What the reader will gain: The use of NOP ligands in pain has been controversial at best; however, there are indications that both agonists and antagonists have a place in the clinical setting for acute and chronic pain. NOP ligands have potential as novel therapeutics, interestingly, when incorporated into a rationally-designed multi-target agent.

Take home message: The discovery of N/OFQ and NOP opened a new option for the treatment of pain with the potential for a decreased side effect profile. Numerous compounds have been designed to target this system, the most promising of which have mixed profiles.

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