Glutamate and Glycine Binding to the NMDA Receptor

Alvin Yu, Albert Y. Lau

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In the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid receptor family of ionotropic glutamate receptors, the agonist glutamate and its co-agonist glycine bind to their respective subunits by different dynamic mechanisms. Glutamate binding is assisted by structural features on the receptor surface. Glycine binding does not receive such assistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1035-1043.e2
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018


  • NMDA receptors
  • free energy calculations
  • glutamate receptors
  • ligand binding
  • molecular dynamics simulations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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