SARS-CoV-2 infection can block pain, opening up unexpected new possibilities for research into pain relief medication

Written by Rajesh Khanna, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Arizona

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SARS-CoV-2 spike protein interferes with pain perception. SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI/Getty Images

Linking SARS-CoV-2 and pain

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Crystal structure of neuropilin-1 b1 domain (white surface with binding site in red) showing binding of VEGF-A (left), spike protein (middle), and the neuropilin-1 inhibitor EG00229 (right). Dr. Perez-Miller, CC BY-SA

From the COVID-19 fog, a new pain target emerges

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