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Pittolo S.,Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia IBEC BEC | Gomez-Santacana X.,Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia IBEC BEC | Gomez-Santacana X.,CSIC - Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia | Gomez-Santacana X.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | And 13 more authors.
Nature Chemical Biology | Year: 2014

Controlling drug activity with light offers the possibility of enhancing pharmacological selectivity with spatial and temporal regulation, thus enabling highly localized therapeutic effects and precise dosing patterns. Here we report on the development and characterization of what is to our knowledge the first photoswitchable allosteric modulator of a G protein-coupled receptor. Alloswitch-1 is selective for the metabotropic glutamate receptor mGlu 5 and enables the optical control of endogenous mGlu 5 receptors. © 2015 Nature America, Inc.

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