Opioids and the skin: "Itchy" perspectives beyond analgesia and abuse

Martin Schmelz, Ralf Paus

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    Opioids are intimately linked to central pain inhibition and their abuse potential. Thus, peripheral opioid receptors in the skin have been studied initially with a focus on their peripheral analgesic properties. Recent results, however, clearly indicate that opioids play a specific role in skin homeostasis by modulating keratinocyte differentiation, wound healing, and inflammatory responses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1287-1289
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


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