Millions of patients receive general anesthesia in operating rooms around the world every year, and yet, the mechanisms underlying many actions of general anesthetics are not fully understood. Critically, general anesthetics lack selectivity and display the lowest therapeutic index. Thus, the morbidity and mortality associated with the use of general anesthetics is significant. This program project has gathered a strong team of biophysicist, chemists and structural biologists from various institutions (U. Penn., Thomas Jefferson U., Temple U., Drexel U. and U. Pitt.) to investigate the structural basis of general anesthesia with focus on membrane proteins involved in the initiation, propagation and transmission ofthe nerve impulse in the brain. Thus, by merging established and cutting-edge technologies, this project seeks to understand general anesthesia at the atomic level, and thereby facilitate the rational design of a new generation of more effective and safe general anesthetics. Xenopus laevis oocytes will be used to test the functional properties of the membrane proteins under investigation. This is a necessary step in the characterization of general anesthetic targets

Public Health Relevance

Translating the functional relevance of the molecular data from the other projects to the in vivo condition requires characterization of electrical properties as an initial step. Project 2 provides that capability and expertise for studies in three natural ion channels with highly homologous mammalian counterparts. These results will allow extrapolation to intact cells, tissues and animals, and by connecting the molecular and in vivo effects, enable drug improvement in the future.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Type
Research Program Projects (P01)
Project #
2P01GM055876-14A1
Application #
8534422
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZGM1-PPBC-5 (AN))
Project Start
Project End
2018-05-31
Budget Start
2013-09-26
Budget End
2014-05-31
Support Year
14
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$287,183
Indirect Cost
$15,160
Name
University of Pennsylvania
Department
Type
DUNS #
042250712
City
Philadelphia
State
PA
Country
United States
Zip Code
19104
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