alexa NMDA Receptor Function and Physiological Modulation
Pediatrics

Pediatrics

Journal of Pediatric Neurological Disorders

Author(s): K Zito, V Scheuss

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With key roles in essential brain functions ranging from the basics of excitatory neurotransmission to the complexities of learning and memory, the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor can be considered one of the fundamental neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. The NMDA receptor belongs to a family of ionotropic receptors for the excitatory amino acid glutamate and is characterized by high affinity for glutamate, high calcium permeability, and a voltage-dependent block by magnesium ions. This article focuses on the basic biophysical properties and physiological functions of NMDA receptors and how these are modulated by various signaling molecules and biochemical cascades under physiological conditions.

This article was published in Encyclopedia of Neuroscience and referenced in Journal of Pediatric Neurological Disorders

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