The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit NR2B: Localization, functional properties, regulation, and clinical implications

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Abstract

The N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor is an example of a heteromeric ligand-gated ion channel that interacts with multiple intracellular proteins by way of different subunits. NMDA receptors are composed of seven known subunits (NR1, NR2A-D, NR3A-B). The present review focuses on the NR2B subunit of the receptor. Over the last several years, an increasing number of reports have demonstrated the importance of the NR2B subunit in a variety of synaptic signaling events and protein-protein interactions. The NR2B subunit has been implicated in modulating functions such as learning, memory processing, pain perception, and feeding behaviors, as well as being involved in a number of human disorders. The following review provides a summary of recent findings regarding the structural features, localization, functional properties, and regulation of the NR2B subunit. The review concludes with a section discussing the role of NR2B in human diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-85
Number of pages31
JournalPharmacology and Therapeutics
Volume97
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

Keywords

  • Cytoskeleton
  • Excitotoxicity
  • Glutamate
  • Kinase
  • Postsynaptic density
  • Synaptic plasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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