opioid receptor

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opioid receptor

any of a number of types of receptors for opiates and opioids. At least seven different types are postulated at different locations in the body, grouped into three major classes (delta, kappa, and mu) according to the specific substances they bind and to the specific physiological effect or effects that binding causes or inhibits.
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While several studies have demonstrated that inflammation in peripheral tissues causes the up-regulation of opioid receptors, opioids delivered into the skin via a patch have never before been successfully applied to treat peripheral pain, including neuropathic pain, in humans.

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