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Controlling drug activity with light

December 17, 2020

Controlling drug activity with light

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Jill Crittenden | McGovern Institute for Brain Research

Hormones and nutrients bind to receptors on cell surfaces by a lock-and-key mechanism that triggers intracellular events linked to that specific receptor. Drugs that mimic natural molecules are widely used to control these intracellular signaling mechanisms for therapy and in research.