Lucy in the sky with protein: Did we find the key to LSD’s psychoactive potency?
Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:25 — smashdracs
By freezing an LSD molecule bound to a single brain cell receptor as a crystal in a lab, researchers were able to get a 3-D x-ray image of the drug and the protein locked together. “My lab has been trying to do this since the early 1990s,” said Bryan Roth, a pharmacologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and senior author on the paper. “I remember Dan Wacker [a co-author, also at U.N.C.] showing the image. It was basically a moment of silence. I started to fight back tears of gratitude that we had finally gotten it.” It is the first 3-D image of a psychedelic bound to a brain receptor, Roth said.
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