Scientists discover intricacies of serotonin receptor crucial for better therapeutics

(University of North Carolina Health Care) For the first time, scientists have figured out why drugs that aim to treat Parkinson's disease, migraines, pituitary tumors, and obesity activate the serotonin receptor 5-HT2B to cause life-threatening heart problems. Published in Nature Structure& Molecular Biology, this research provides drug developers with much needed insights into serotonin receptors -- insights that should help scientists create safer more effective drugs, not just for the aforementioned conditions, but also depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia.
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