The NMDA receptor in epilepsy

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Few things have generated more excitement in the field of epilepsy than studies suggesting that N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors may play a role in the development and expression of seizures. It is possible that antagonists of the NMDA receptor channel complex may become a new class of anti-epileptic drugs which not only suppress seizures, but in some cases may be able to prevent the development of the epileptic condition altogether. Given the significance of the latter possibility, it is not surprising that the NMDA receptor has become the focus of intense study. A wealth of new pharmacologic agents has been developed that has facilitated a wide range of in vivo and in vitro studies. This chapter briefly reviews some of the earlier studies and then focuses on the large number of recent advances.

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Cited Authors

  • Clark, S; Stasheff, S; Lewis, DV; Martin, D; Wilson, WA

Published Date

  • March 22, 2012

Book Title

  • The NMDA Receptor

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780192625021

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192625021.003.0017

Citation Source

  • Scopus