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Pain Control Mechanism Could Be Exploited as a New Drug Target

News   Nov 26, 2020 | Original story from Kyushu University

 
Pain Control Mechanism Could Be Exploited as a New Drug Target

Research out of Kyushu University has shown that a unique population of astrocytes, marked with bright yellow here, in the dorsal horn of the mouse spinal cord can be activated by descending neurons to produce pain hypersensitivity. This new mechanism for pain control suggests that these astrocytes may be a potential target for enhancing the effect of drugs for chronic pain. Credit: Makoto Tsuda, Kyushu University

 
 
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