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The trafficking of Na(V)1.8.

Richard S Swanwick, Alessandro Pristerá, Kenji Okuse

Neurosci. Lett., 2010 Dec 10 , 486, 78-83

The α-subunit of tetrodotoxin-resistant voltage-gated sodium channel Na(V)1.8 is selectively expressed in sensory neurons. It has been reported that Na(V)1.8 is involved in the transmission of nociceptive information from sensory neurons to the central nervous system in nociceptive [1] and neuropathic [24] pain conditions. Thus Na(V)1.8 has been a promising target to treat chronic pain. Here we discuss the recent advances in the study of trafficking mechanism of Na(V)1.8. These pieces of information are particularly important as such trafficking machinery could be new targets for painkillers.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20816723