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Extracellular ATP is implicated in numerous sensory processes ranging from the response to pain to the regulation of motility in visceral organs. The ATP receptor P2X3 is selectively expressed on small diameter sensory neurons, supporting this hypothesis. Here we show that mice deficient in P2X3 lose the rapidly desensitizing ATP-induced currents in dorsal(More)
Mutant mice with a hypersensitive serotonin (5-HT)3A receptor were generated through targeted exon replacement. A valine to serine mutation (V13'S) in the channel-lining M2 domain of the 5-HT3A receptor subunit rendered the 5-HT3 receptor 70-fold more sensitive to serotonin and produced constitutive activity when combined with the 5-HT3B subunit. Mice(More)
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