Palmitoylation-dependent regulation of glutamate receptors and their PDZ domain-containing partners

Gareth M. Thomas, Richard L. Huganir

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In recent years, it has become clear that both AMPA (α-amino-3- hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid)- and NMDA (N-methyl-d-aspartate)- type glutamate receptors, and many of their interacting partners, are palmitoylated proteins. Interfering with palmitoylation dramatically affects receptor trafficking and distribution and, in turn, can profoundly alter synaptic transmission. Increased knowledge of synaptic palmitoylation not only will aid our understanding of physiological neuronal regulation, but also may provide insights into, and even novel treatments for, neuropathological conditions. In the present paper, we review recent advances regarding the regulation of ionotropic glutamate receptor trafficking and function by palmitoylation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical Society transactions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Glutamate receptor
  • N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)
  • PDZ domain
  • Palmitoylation
  • Synapse
  • α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid receptor (AMPAR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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