Alcohol addiction: molecular and epigenetic mechanisms

Diarienummer 2016-00343
Koordinator Karolinska Institutet - CCK
Bidrag från Vinnova 49 982 kronor
Projektets löptid mars 2016 - maj 2016
Status Genomfört

Syfte och mål

There is high clinical demand of an ideal pain killer with wide safety margin, potent analgesic effect, with no or minimal effect on respiration, gastrointestinal tract and low abuse potential. We are aiming to develop such a pain killer that would help health care and safe myriad number of patients from serious side effects.

Resultat och förväntade effekter

The full plan is figured out and subsidiary points are being discussed. Rules between collaborators with specific competences. This idea is in existence for a decade, however, the implementation has been difficult. Now with the advanced technology and in our case combining several competences needed for the success of the current project we divided the work between experts in organic chemistry (design and synthesis of hybrids) and toxicology/forensic experts, experts in respiration biology and experts in genetic/epigenetics; the project leader´s institute.

Upplägg och genomförande

The project involves both in vitro and in vivo systems. The work includes: 1) Drug design and synthesis. 2) Animal experiments. 3) Behavioral analyses. 4) Gene expression analyses in related brain loci in postmortem human brains and mice. 5) Immunochistochemical analyses. 6) Calcium imaging for neural activity.

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