06 agosto 2008

Molecular Actions of Propofol on Human 5-HT3A

5-Hydroxytryptamine type 3 (5-HT3) receptors are excitatory ligandgated ion channels which are involved in postoperative nausea and vomiting. They are depressed by the anesthetic propofol, which, in contrast, enhances the activity of inhibitory ligand-gated ion channels such as alfa-aminobutyric acid type A receptors and glycine receptors. To investigate the molecular mechanisms responsible for these contrasting actions, we examined the kinetics of the action of propofol and its lesser hydrophobic derivatives 2-isopropylphenol and phenol on human 5-HT3A receptors.

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