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Nat Rev Neurosci. 2004 Sep;5(9):709-20.

Molecular and neuronal substrates for general anaesthetics.

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Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland. rudolph@pharma.unizh.ch

Abstract

Although general anaesthesia has been of tremendous importance for the development of surgery, the underlying mechanisms by which this state is achieved are only just beginning to be understood in detail. In this review, we describe the neuronal systems that are thought to be involved in mediating clinically relevant actions of general anaesthetics, and we go on to discuss how the function of individual drug targets, in particular GABA(A)-receptor subtypes, can be revealed by genetic studies in vivo.

PMID:
15322529
DOI:
10.1038/nrn1496
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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