Glutamate Receptors

Protein molecules that helps gate the flow of ions across a nerve cell′s membrane.

They play a role in the formation of new connections between nerve cells.

The receptors are normally activated by aspartate and glutamate.

In amnesic shellfish poisoning, domoic acid acts as an excitotoxin that very strongly activates some of these receptors, preventing their proper functioning.

See also: Domoic Acid.

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Subjects: Biology