Temperature and Feeding Responses of Normal and Dystrophic Hamsters to Morphine

  • J. A. Thornhill
  • M. Desautels
Part of the Topics in the Neurosciences book series (TNSC, volume 2)


Muscular dystrophy is a hereditary disorder characterized by progressive muscle wasting [1]. The pathological sequence of events consists of muscle cell necrosis coupled with intensive cell regeneration in the early and mid phases of the disorder. As cell regeneration eventually declines, wasting of muscle intensifies [2]. Although the pathology is largely restricted to muscle, a number of abnormalities have been observed in a variety of tissues and suggests that muscular dystrophy is not simply a myopathy but rather the result of a generalized defect in metabolism [3]. The primary cause of the disorder is still unknown.


Muscular Dystrophy Morphine Administration Golden Syrian Hamster Naloxone Administration Morphine Sulphate 
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© Matinus Nijhoff Publishing, Boston 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Thornhill
    • 1
  • M. Desautels
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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