Sense and specificity: A molecular identity for nociceptors

Michael Caterina, David Julius

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Recent cloning efforts have identified families of ligand- or voltage-gated ion channels that are expressed by pain-sensing primary afferent neurons. Pharmacological, electrophysiological and genetic studies are beginning to reveal how these signaling molecules specify roles for subsets of sensory neurons in the pain pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-530
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Neurobiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

Cite this