Body’s cold ‘sensor’ could hold key for frostbite and hypothermia treatments
A cold ‘sensor’ which triggers the skin’s vascular response to the cold could represent an exciting new therapeutic target for the treatment of frostbite and hypothermia, according to scientists at King’s College London.
Known to be linked to pain sensitivity and currently used in the development of painkillers, this is the first time the TRPA1 gene has been implicated in the response of blood vessels in the skin to cold. Published today in Nature Communications, the research was funded by the British Heart Foundation and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council…. [read more]
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