Oct 25, 2010 12:09 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
WASHINGTON (AP) - Researchers say a discovery about taste receptors in the lungs might one day lead to better treatments for diseases such as asthma.
These muscles relax when they're exposed to bitter tastes, according to a report from researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. It's in the online edition of the journal Nature Medicine.
Noted lung expert Dr. Stephen B. Liggett says the surprise is that scientists used to assume bitter tastes would cause chest tightness and coughing.
Liggett says the bitter compounds did far better at opening airways than any current drug for treatment of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Liggett says he hopes to begin tests in humans within a year. He says getting a sufficient dose will require aerosolized compounds, which can be inhaled.
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