Ligands for Ionotropic Glutamate Receptors

  • Geoffrey T. Swanson
  • Ryuichi Sakai
Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 46)


Marine-derived small molecules and peptides have played a central role in elaborating pharmacological specificities and neuronal functions of mammalian ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs), the primary mediators of excitatory syn-aptic transmission in the central nervous system (CNS). As well, the pathological sequelae elicited by one class of compounds (the kainoids) constitute a widely-used animal model for human mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE). New and existing molecules could prove useful as lead compounds for the development of therapeutics for neuropathologies that have aberrant glutamatergic signaling as a central component. In this chapter we discuss natural source origins and pharmacological activities of those marine compounds that target ionotropic glutamate receptors.


NMDA Receptor Glutamate Receptor AMPA Receptor Excitatory Amino Acid Kainic Acid 
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  • Geoffrey T. Swanson
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  • Ryuichi Sakai
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry, Northwestern UniversityFeinberg School of MedicineChicago
  2. 2.Faculty of Fisheries SciencesHokkaido UniversityHakodateJapan

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