Research On the Effect of Nerve Cell Stiffness On Sensitivity to Touch Could Lead to New Painkillers

Heidelberg, Germany (Scicasts) — For many patients with chronic pain, any light touch – even just their clothes touching their skin – can be agony. Scientists at EMBL and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) of the University of Tübingen have found a possible new avenue for producing painkillers that specifically treat this kind of pain. In a study published online today in eLife, they discovered how the stiffness of our nerve cells influences sensitivity to touch and pain. “Being able to stop this mechanical pain could be very powerful, and it’s something that current drugs are not very good at doing,” says Paul Heppenstall, who led the work at EMBL. Whether it’s a light brush or a painful poke, when something touches you, receptors on the nerves…


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