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The award was awarded to American scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for their discovery of receptors for temperature and touch. His research has important applications in the treatment of chronic pain for different types of diseases.
“They are two different groups that made two discoveries about the receptors that are responsible for detecting temperature and touch. They are located in the peripheral endings of sensory neurons that are responsible for detecting both harmless and harmful stimuli, which can generate damage and, therefore so much pain, “explained Coronel.
The interviewee also referred to the differences between Julius’s finding and Patapoutian’s —the first focused on the TRP family and the second on the PIEZO family—, their relevance in the field of medicine and the applications that have had so far in the Pain treatment.
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