binds NMDA to the receptor site as well as other molecules such as glutamate. The receptor itself is voltage-gated which means it can participate in synapse transmission where the glutamate or NMDA molecule acts as a neurotransmitter molecule. Dysfunctioning NMDA receptors have recently been linked to the onset of Schizophrenia and other neuro-degenerative conditions.

NMDA RECEPTOR: "NMDA is a molecule, with a similar structure to the amino acid glutamate, therefore an NMDA receptor is protein which acts as a receptor for these molecules."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "NMDA RECEPTOR," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/nmda-receptor/ (accessed September 26, 2020).