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Researchers Identify Molecule Causing Sunburn Pain

Posted: August 14, 2013
Sunburn pain molecule

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The researchers believe that  TRPV4 could be a new target for preventing and treating sunburn, but more work needs to be done. Specifically, the researchers want to make sure its inhibition does not affect other skin processes. Researchers noted that once better adapted, TRPV4 blockers could be added to UV filters for greater protection.

Researchers included: Wolfgang Liedtke, MD, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine; Elaine Fuchs, PhD, Rockefeller University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Martin Steinhoff, MD, PhD, University of California in San Francisco. The research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the German Research Foundation.


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