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AMPA receptors are thought to be a tetrameric assembly of the subunits GluR1-4. We have examined whether two coexpressed subunits (GluR1/2) combine at random to form channels, or preferentially assemble with a specific stoichiometry and spatial configuration. The subunits carried markers controlling ion permeation and desensitization, and these properties(More)
Sensory experiences contribute to the development and specialization of signal processing capacities in the mammalian auditory system during a "critical period" of postnatal development. Earlier studies have shown that passive exposure to tonal stimuli during this postnatal epoch induces a large-scale expansion of the representations of those stimuli within(More)
Kainate receptors (KARs) are heteromeric ionotropic glutamate receptors (GluRs) that play various roles in the regulation of synaptic transmission. The KAR subunits GluR5 and GluR6 exist under different splice variant isoforms in the C-terminal domain (GluR5a, GluR5b, GluR5c, GluR6a, GluR6b). The differential role of KAR subunit splice variants is presently(More)
Glutamate release at central synapses is transduced into a characteristic fast postsynaptic response by AMPA receptor gating and agonist affinity. The effect of two classes of modulators of AMPA receptor desensitization, the benzothiadiazides (cyclothiazide and IDRA 21) and the benzoylpiperidines (CX516 and CX546), were studied on gating kinetics of(More)
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