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In early online publication University College London researchers present findings on partial agonists, and how fully elucidating their function could make for better drug design. They say that in the case of ligand-activated ion channels, two members of the nicotinic family in particular, partial agonists cause a flipping conformational change in the channel that happens while the channel is still shut.

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