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Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1568-0266
ISSN (Online): 1873-4294

Glutamatergic Neurotransmission As Molecular Target of New Anticonvulsants

Author(s): Rosaria Gitto, Laura De Luca, Sara De Grazia and Alba Chimirri

Volume 12, Issue 9, 2012

Page: [971 - 993] Pages: 23

DOI: 10.2174/156802612800229242


Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) controlling physiological processes as learning and memory. However, the overactivation of glutamatergic neurotransmission is often related to various CNS chronic and acute diseases (epilepsy, ischaemia, Parkinson, etc.). This review will focus on the chemical structures, mechanism of action and main structure-activity relationships of anticonvulsant agents acting through glutamate neurotransmission.

Keywords: AMPA, anticonvulsants, epilepsy, glutamate, glutamate transporters, iGluR, mGluR

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