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Fellow pharm-geeks: a question about terminology

Posted by cache-monkey on April 7, 2007, at 12:40:28

Hi all,

I mean the term geek affectionately, of course. I have been doing some reading about various changes in the dopamine d-2 receptor, and am realizing that I'm a little weak on some terminology.

Are the following more or less the same? If not, what are the differences?
* Increase in the number of receptors
* Up-regulation of receptors
* Increased expression of receptors
* Increased density of receptors
* Increased availability of receptors
[I'd also be interested in finding out which (if any) of these is implied by "sensitization".]

Your input would be greatly appreciated.





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