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In a paper published online in advance in Science this week, a trio of investigators at Duke University shows that the neuronal G protein-coupled catecholamine receptor OCTR-1 "controls innate immunity by regulating non-canonical unfolded protein response genes." More specifically, the Duke team found that in certain sensory neurons, OCTR-1 functions "to actively suppress innate immune responses by down-regulating the expression of non-canonical UPR [unfolded protein response ]

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