Brain Receptors – A Primer (The Dana Foundation Website – 4 November 2011)

Dana_logoNeural receptors play an important role in several neuropsychiatric disorders.  Here is a basic primer on how they work.


Synaptic transmission begins when one brain cell releases a neurochemical into the synapse. The transmission, however, is not complete until that neurochemical binds with a receptor on the postsynaptic, or receiving, neuron. Researchers have learned that receptors are equally as important as the neurochemicals they receive in maintaining healthy neurobiology. In fact, studies have demonstrated that receptors play a critical role in mood, learning, and the formation of social bonds. Many receptors are current targets for drug development for treatment of psychiatric disorders…

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