The GABAA receptor-gated ion channel: biochemical and pharmacological studies of structure and function.


Journal Article (Review)

In the past few years, substantial advances have been made in analyzing the structure and function of the GABA receptor-gated Cl- channel. A major goal is to identify the molecular characteristics of the GABAA receptor that are necessary for maintaining normal GABAergic neurotransmission. Future studies will undoubtedly include techniques that have been used successfully to construct a detailed structural and dynamic model of the nACHR-gated ion channel. These include X-ray scattering, single group rotation theory, and genetic homology, deletion and site-directed mutation studies. Such techniques will make it possible to identify the structural defects that give rise to abnormal GABA receptor function and possibly to sleep, anxiety and seizure disorders.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schwartz, RD

Published Date

  • September 15, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 18

Start / End Page

  • 3369 - 3375

PubMed ID

  • 2458730

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2458730

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-2952

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0006-2952(88)90684-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England