Ssm6a is a protein fragment that blocks a pain-sensing channel called NaV1.7. Pharmaceutical companies are in hot pursuit of molecules that do the same thing. Because the channel resides mainly in the body’s peripheral nerves, compounds that block NaV1.7 shouldn’t cause dizziness, drowsiness or other side effects of current pain-relief drugs that affect neurons in the brain.I wonder if it is addictive.
Friday, October 4, 2013
A New Pain Reliever from Centipede Venom
have announced isolating a compound from the venom of a red-headed centipede that works as well as morphine in mice, perhaps even better: