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Kate Arkless, Fulye Argunhan, Susan D. Brain

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Experimental Pharmacology
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameHandbook of Experimental Pharmacology
ISSN (Print)0171-2004
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0325

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Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) was discovered over about 35 years ago through molecular biological techniques. Its activity as a vasodilator and the proposal that it was involved in pain processing were then soon established. Today, we are in the interesting situation of having the approval for the clinical use of antagonists and antibodies that have proved to block CGRP activities and benefit migraine. Despite all, there is still much to learn concerning the relevance of the vasodilator and other activities as well as further potential applications of CGRP agonists and blockers in disease. This review aims to discuss the history and present knowledge and to act as an introductory chapter in this volume.

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