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Tarantula Toxin Could Help To Design Drugs for Chronic Pain

News   Nov 24, 2020 | Original story from UW Medicine

 
Tarantula Toxin Could Help To Design Drugs for Chronic Pain

New studies of the molecular action of tarantula venom on sodium channels may suggest ideas for the structural design of better drugs to treat chronic pain. The venom plunges a biochemical "stinger" into a voltage sensor on the channel that traps it in its resting position, keeping the channel from activating and from producing electrical signals. Credit: Alice C. Gray

 
 
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