What is the transient receptor potential vanilloid-type one (TRPV1)?

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Last updated: June 1st, 2016

A third receptor that gets little attention is TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid-type one). The function of TRPV1 is to detect and regulate body temperature. In addition, TRPV1 is responsible for the sensations of extreme external heat and pain and is subject to desensitization. Therefore, if continuously stimulated, the pathway will eventually slow down or even stop. This raises therapeutic possibilities for agents to effectively treat certain kinds of neuropathic pain.

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