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Detecting cold, feeling pain: Study reveals why menthol feels fresh

...icin receptor, the main pungent ingredient in some chili peppers (Nature, Oct. 23, 1997), and in 2000 reported that, in mice, the receptor triggers the nerves to fire pain signals when they are exposed to high ambient heat or the fiery properties of peppery food. (Science, April 14, 2000). The study demons...

Researchers find 6,000-year-old fossil evidence

...y Peru that showed people were eating domesticated chili peppers as long as 6,000 years ago. This makes chili peppers one of the oldest domesticated food sources in the Americas. The study will be published in ...

Tarantula venom and chili peppers target same pain sensor

...high temperatures and the hot, spicy ingredient in chili peppers, UCSF scientists have discovered. The findings demonstrate that some plants and animals have evolved the same molecular strategy to deter predators -- triggering pain by activating a specific receptor on sensory nerves. The research provides...

A new target for painkillers

...cal treatments include capsicum cream derived from chili peppers, but they usually are not very effective. "There really is no highly effective treatment available for this kind of severe pain, so having a new way to treat it is exciting," McIntosh says. If the new discovery eventually leads to a new pa...

Activation of thermoreceptors mediates raw garlic's burning pungency

...ous (painful) heat and to the pungent component of chili peppers, whereas TRPA1 is activated by noxious col... which is experienced, for example, in the heat of chili peppers or the coolness of peppermint. Both TRPV1 and TRPA1 are found in pain-sensing neurons that i...

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