NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) is the selective agonist that binds to NMDA receptors but not to other glutamate receptors. The NMDA receptor (NMDAR) is the predominant molecular device for controlling synaptic plasticity and memory function. The NMDAR is a type of ionotropic glutamate receptor. Activation of NMDA receptors requires binding of glutamate or aspartate (aspartate does not stimulate the receptors as strongly). In addition, NMDARs also require the binding of the co-agonist glycine.
Glutamate can become what's called an "exitotoxin," meaning that it appears to excite neurons until they die, In FMS, research shows abnormally high levels of glutamate in a part of the brain called the insula or insular cortex. Researchers went looking there because that area is highly involved in pain and emotion, which are key components of the condition. In ME/CFS, some researchers hypothesize that glutamate function is low, which means the brain isn't getting enough stimulatio
GluR1 Antibody - Mouse Monoclonal antibody to Glutamate Receptor 1, S355-1. Species Reactivity: Mouse, Rat. Validated Applications: WB, IHC, ICC/IF.
Ketamine Cousin Rapidly Lifts Depression Without Side Effects. - Research in the field dampened until a glutamate receptor antagonist already approved for anesthesia, and known on the streets as “Special K”, ketamine, made headlines in the early 2000s. Human clinical studies demonstrated that ketamine can ward off major and bipolar depressive symptoms within 2 hours of administration and last for several days.
More and more Americans on-the-go are skipping the "most important meal of the day," not eating until lunch. This tendency to miss breakfast has already been linked to the growing epidemic of obesity and cardiovascular problems in the US -- and it may put the health of diabetics at risk as well.-- SDaily (2015/07/28)