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The glycine receptor (GlyR) is a ligand-gated ion channel and member of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor superfamily. Acting as allosteric modulators of receptor function, drugs such as alcohol and volatile anesthetics enhance the function of GlyRs. The actions of these drugs at inhibitory receptors in the brain and spinal cord are thought to produce(More)
Glycine receptor function mediates most inhibitory neurotransmission in the brainstem and spinal cord and is enhanced by alcohols, volatile anesthetics, inhaled drugs of abuse, and endogenous compounds including zinc. Because zinc exists ubiquitously throughout the brain, investigations of its effects on the enhancement of GlyR function by alcohols and(More)
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