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Scientists determine structure of brain receptor implicated in epilepsy and PMT
Date:3/9/2008

ene in the signals that it receives.

Dr Mike Edwardson, who led the research team, said: This type of GABA receptor plays a crucial role in the bodys response to a range of stimuli. Scientists think that when there is a problem in the signalling, conditions such as epilepsy and PMT can occur. Now we have identified the detailed structure of the receptor we are in a better position to design drugs that bind to it.

Professor Nigel Brown, BBSRC Director of Science and Technology, commented: Basic bioscience research has a crucial role to play in understanding conditions that affect the health and quality of life for millions of people. If we learn the detailed mechanisms by which the body functions, medical scientists and the pharmaceutical industry can develop treatments to intervene when it goes wrong.


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