Bioscience

Hot pepper relief: New category of painkillers on the way?

February 8, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ScienceDaily] – Research led by a scientist at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has opened the door for the advancement of a new category of painkillers, called TRPV1 antagonists.

These drugs block the transient receptor potential vannilloid-1 (TRPV1) channel, which is the same receptor responsible for the sensation of hotness from hot peppers. However, clinical trials have revealed that TRPV1 antagonists cause hyperthermia– a dangerous, fever-like rise in body temperature.

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