Regulation and Functional Impact of Opioid Receptor Splicing in Response to Morphine

Multiple classes of pharmaceuticals, including acetaminophen, aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are used to relieve mild to moderate pain; however, one of the oldest classes of pharmaceuticals, opioids, remains the primary class of drugs used in the management of severe pain. For decades, the unique pharmacological profiles of opioid compounds have suggested the existence of multiple opioid receptor subtypes and, accordingly, four opioid receptors have been cloned to date; the mu (μ)-opioid receptor,...
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