Establishment of human neuroblastoma cell-line (SK-N-SH) as an in vitro model of morphine addiction

Noor Azuin Suliman, and Noor Azlina Abu Bakar, and Mohamad Aris Mohd Moklas, and Che Norma Mat Taib, (2021) Establishment of human neuroblastoma cell-line (SK-N-SH) as an in vitro model of morphine addiction. Malaysian Applied Biology, 50 (2). pp. 1-7. ISSN 0126-8643


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The usage of morphine for analgesia purposes is widely known, usually for the post-operation procedure and as chronic pain management. However, addiction and overdose liabilities before morphine usage are also common. Morphine addiction is observed and studied from various perspectives; tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal. With growing and expending research field, researches on addiction were done using in vivo and in vitro model. However, the scientific evidence of morphine addiction using human neuroblastoma cell lines is uncommon. Thus, the present study was designed and conducted to observe the liability of SK-N-SH, as a model for morphine addiction. The cells were administrated with morphine for 24 hr before being treated with methadone. The cytosolic fraction of the cell was collected and used for determining the addiction mechanism. Data showed the involvement of the μ-opioid receptor in expressing the addictive properties of morphine. Exposure to 24 hr morphine had increased the protein level responsible for addiction and reduce the protein levels expressing the endocytic machinery, desensitization of receptors, and cellular adaptation. The altered proteins level was normalized by the treatment of methadone. The study proposed the use of SK-N-SH as an addiction model, as it showed morphine addiction and methadone anti-addiction properties.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Cellular adaptation; Internalization; Morphine addiction; Withdrawal properties
Journal:Malaysian Applied Biology Journal
ID Code:18808
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:21 Jun 2022 00:22
Last Modified:24 Jun 2022 00:30

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