Molecular bandit keeps pain at bay

Mark Zylka and colleagues have identified an enzyme that blocks chronic pain by robbing a major pain pathway of a key ingredient. The enzyme could prevent lasting pain after surgery.

Molecular bandit keeps pain at bay click to enlarge Prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) on pain-sensing neurons

August 2010 - Zylka lab researchers find that prostatic acid phosphatase blocks pain in animal models, with long-lasting effect.

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