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Molecular pain, a new era of pain research and medicine

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Abstract ral ss BioMed CentMolecular Pain Open AcceEditorial Molecular pain, a new era of pain research and medicine Jianguo Gu*1, Min Zhuo2, Michael Caterina3, Amy B MacDermott4, Annika Malmberg5, Volker Neugebauer6 and Megumu Yoshimura7 Address: 1Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, McKnight Brain Institute and College of Dentistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610, USA, 2Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8, Canada, 3Department of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA, 4Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, USA, 5Elan Pharmaceuticals, 800 Gateway Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94080, USA, 6Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, The University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Blvd. RT 1069, Galveston, TX 77555-1069, USA and 7Department of Integrative Physiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Maidashi 3-1-1, Higashiku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan Email: Jianguo Gu* - [email protected]; Min Zhuo - [email protected]; Michael Caterina - [email protected]; Amy B MacDermott - [email protected]; Annika Malmberg - [email protected]; Volker Neugebauer - [email protected]; Megumu Yoshimura - [email protected] * Corresponding author Abstract Molecular pain is a relatively new and rapidly expanding research field that represents an advanced step from conventional pain research. Molecular pain research addresses physiological and pathological pain at the cellular, subcellular and molecular levels. These studies integrate pain research with molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, modern electrophysiology and neurobiology. The field of molecular pain research has been rapidly expanding in the recent years, and has great promise for the identification of highly specific and effective targets for the treatm

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