Newly discovered molecule promising for pain sufferers

Biotechnology News | March 27, 2019

If a particular protein is missing during the fetal stage, no neurons develop that convey pain, temperature, and itch, a study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal Cell Reports shows. The discovery can eventually lead to new drugs for pain conditions. Previous research into the genetics of nervous system development has discovered five genes that are associated with aberrant pain experiences. A person born with a mutation of one of these genes (PRDM12) is unable to feel pain, which causes considerable problems. "But the exact mechanism that causes the faulty pain function is unknown," says Saida Hadjab, senior researcher at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. To ascertain this cause, the team conducted an experiment on mice in which they blocked the expression of the PRDM12 gene in the stem cells that give rise to different kinds of the neuron. They found that the mice developed no neurons that register pain, temperature, and itch.

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There are many parenteral dosage forms from which the pharmaceutical scientist can choose to develop their drug product. For primary pack choices, there are traditional vials, ampoules, cartridges, pre-filled syringes and complex containers such as the various types of dual chamber syringes. Additionally, there are newer dosage forms such as wearable injection devices or pump patches. Each have their own merits and advantages, but these advantages may not be realized until the product is marketed.

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