The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of cebranopadol in two rodent models of visceral pain. Cebranopadol is a first-in-class analgesic with agonist activity at the nociceptin/orphanin FQ opioid peptide receptor and classical μ-, δ- and κ-opioid peptide receptors. Colitis was induced in Naval Medical Research Institute mice by intra-rectal infusion of mustard oil. The effects of intravenous cebranopadol pretreatment on spontaneous pain behaviours and referred allodynia and hyperalgesia were assessed. Pancreatitis was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats by intravenous administration of dibutyltin dichloride. After 6 days, the effects of intravenous cebranopadol on withdrawal reactions to mechanical abdominal stimulation with von Frey filaments were assessed. In mice with experimental colitis, cebranopadol dose-dependently inhibited spontaneous pain behaviours and allodynic and hyperalgesic withdrawal reactions, with half-maximal effective dose values of 4.6 μg/kg [95% confidence interval (CI): 2.9-7.9] for inhibition of spontaneous pain behaviours, 2.2 μg/kg (95% CI: 1.3-3.4) for inhibition of referred allodynia and 2.4 μg/kg (95% CI: 1.4-3.6) for inhibition of referred hyperalgesia in mice with colitis. In rats with experimental pancreatitis, cebranopadol dose-dependently inhibited abdominal tactile allodynia (half-maximal effective dose, 0.13 μg/kg; 95% CI: 0.03-0.49). Behavioural manifestations of visceral pain were almost completely abolished at the highest doses tested in mice (17.2 μg/kg, intravenous) and rats (2.4 μg/kg, intravenous). We conclude that cebranopadol is a potent and effective antiallodynic and antihyperalgesic agent in rodent models of visceral pain.
- nociceptin/orphanin FQ opioid peptide receptor
- opioid peptide receptor
- visceral pain
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health