Medical Xpress - Chemical Compound Shows Promise as Alternative To Opioid Pain Relievers

New York, NY
 – July 15, 2013  –– 

A drug targeting a protein complex containing two different types of opioid receptors may be an effective alternative to morphine and other opioid pain medications, without any of the side effects or risk of dependence, according to research led by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai published in July in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "GPCR heteromers have been suggested to represent powerful targets for improved, novel therapeutics with reduced adverse effects in people with severe pain," said Lakshmi Devi, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
-Dr. Lakshmi Devi, Associate Dean, Academic Enhancement and Mentoring, Professor, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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