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Proteases and Protease-Activated Receptors (PARs): Novel Signals for Pain

[ Vol. 5 , Issue. 6 ]


N. Cenac and N. Vergnolle   Pages 569 - 576 ( 8 )


The recent detection of protease-activated receptors (PARs) on neurons of the peripheral and central nervous systems suggests that PARs and proteases that activate them, might be involved in neuronal functions. Among those functions, a particular focus on nociception has attracted considerable interest. The present article summarizes recent research progress on proteases and PARs as nociceptive signaling molecules in the nervous system and presents them as exciting new targets for therapeutic intervention in pain.

, Proteases, and, Protease-Activated, Receptors, (PARs):, Novel, Signals, for, Pain


Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Calgary, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N4N1, Canada.

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