PHILADELPHIA — University of Pennsylvania researchers from a multidisciplinary team from the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine and the Department of Chemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, have developed a soluble variant of the mu opioid receptor, which is involved in pain and addiction, that may facilitate the development of novel pain medications. Their findings appear in the latest edition of the journal PLOS ONE.
The study was led by Renyu Liu, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, and Jeffery Saven, PhD, associate professor, Department of Chemistry. Jose Manuel Perez-Aguilar, then a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, and Jin Xi, Felipe Matsunaga and Xu Cui, lab members in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, along with Bernard Selling of Impact Biologicals Inc., contributed significantly to this study.
The research was supported by the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Mary Elizabeth Groff Foundation, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation through Penn’s Nano/Bio Interface Center and Penn’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.
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