UB Discovery Involving Venom Compound May Apply to Joint Healing

Updated December 5, 2014

Three years ago, Frederick Sachs, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of physiology and biophysics, and his team discovered that a small peptide found in tarantula venom blocks the mechanically-sensing ion channel Piezo1. Now, lab experiments at Duke University found that the same GsMTx4 compound protects joint tissue from cell death following compressive injury.