The N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor plays a central role at excitatory synapses where it has been implicated in multiple functions associated with synaptic plasticity. While this receptor has been intensely studied with respect to its physiology and pharmacology, its cell-biological properties, such as subunit assembly, post-translational processing and trafficking in neurons, are only beginning to be addressed. Critical to many of the functions of the NMDA receptor are the multiple proteins with which it interacts. While these interactions have been most thoroughly studied with respect to the receptor at the synapse, the same proteins may also interact with the receptor much earlier in its biosynthetic pathway and play important roles in receptor trafficking from the endoplasmic reticulum to the synapse.

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