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Pharmacology Faculty Candidate Seminar | Tao Che PhD "Structural basis of GPCR activation and signaling"

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

Where: Ward Building, 5-230, 303 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Melissa Daley   (312) 503-4893

Group: Department of Pharmacology Seminars

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Title: "Structural basis of GPCR activation and signaling."
Abstract: G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are a class of seven-transmembrane proteins that sense external stimuli of the neurons and cells. They are the largest druggable targets, involved in over 35% of marketed drugs. Understanding their interactions with drugs and subsequent cellular signaling mechanisms can help mitigate drug side effects. Here, we focus on the opioid receptor family, addressing three topics: first, how opioids interact with opioid receptors at the molecular level; second, how receptor activation initiates different downstream signaling at the cellular level; and third, how this information can inform new drug design.

Tao Che, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University in St. Louis

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