Sensitization of nociceptive ion channels by inhaled anesthetics--a pain in the gas?

@article{Harrison2008SensitizationON,
  title={Sensitization of nociceptive ion channels by inhaled anesthetics--a pain in the gas?},
  author={Neil Harrison and Carla Nau},
  journal={Molecular pharmacology},
  year={2008},
  volume={74 5},
  pages={1180-2}
}
A remarkable new article in this issue of Molecular Pharmacology (p. 1261) shows that the capsaicin-sensitive ion channel TRPV1 is sensitized to activation by chemical and physical stimuli in the presence of inhaled general anesthetics. This finding provides another example of an ion channel in which the anesthetic acts to modify channel gating. This may have important clinical implications in view of the role of TRPV1 in nociception. 

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