The physiological phenomenon of sensing temperature is detected by transient
receptor (TRP) ion channels, which are pore forming proteins that reside in the
membrane bilayer. The cold and hot sensing TRP channels named TRPV1 and TRPM8
respectively, can be modulated by diverse stimuli and are finely tuned by proteins and
lipids. PIRT (phosphoinositide interacting regulator of TRP channels) is a small
membrane protein that modifies TRPV1 responses to heat and TRPM8 responses to cold.
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- Doctoral Dissertation Biochemistry 2018