Scientists get a close-up of opioid receptors - 3
Narrator: This is NIH health matters, I’m Joe Balintfy. New pictures of crystallized opioid receptors could help scientists develop less addictive pain killers. Opioid receptors are proteins found in the brain that regulate mood and pain perception. Dr. Jean Chin at the NIH says the findings will help researchers understand how drugs interact with these receptors.
Chin: Once they learn more about the mechanisms of binding, I think they'll be able to design better drugs or ligands and also with fewer side effects so that if you want a painkiller you want only a painkiller, not one that will give you highs like morphine.
Narrator: For more information on opioid receptors, visit www.nigms.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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