Molecular and physicochemical aspects of local anesthetics acting on nicotinic acetylcholine receptor-containing membranes.

Hugo R. Arias, Michael P. Blanton

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Local anesthetics inhibit the ion channel activity of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in a noncompetitive fashion. This inhibitory action is ascribed to two possible inhibitory mechanisms: an open-channel-blocking mechanism and/or an allosteric process where the drug binds either to the closed channel or to other nonluminal sites, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-410
Number of pages26
JournalMini reviews in medicinal chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


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