A great deal of progress has been made in defining GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) transmission in the brain. Volume 54 of the Advances in Pharmacology series has also provided new insights into fundamental features of neurotransmission in general, such as the importance of allosterism and coincident signaling in regulating receptor function and overall cellular activity. These studies have led to the design and development of new drugs and potential therapeutic agents. Given the successes achieved over the first 50 years of GABA research, it is certain the 6th decade will yield its share of surprising discoveries and new insights. Published in this volume are articles providing thoughts and perspectives on this topic, some with the benefit of hindsight, others in the context of recent findings, but all with a hint, or prediction, of what the future holds as the secrets of GABA neurotransmission continue to unfold. Advances in Pharmacology is available online on ScienceDirect — full-text online of volumes 48 onwards.

Key Features

*GABA is an amino acid found in mammalian brain *Articles written by leading investigators in the field *Provides new insights into fundamental features of neurotransmission


Academics and researchers in neuroscience, genetics, pharmacology, biology, neurology, and physiology.

Table of Contents

1. The regulation of GABA cell viability in psychotic disorders 2. Involvement of GABA-B receptors in the thalamic processing of nociceptive information 3. GABA-B receptor subunit expression: Pharmacological and physiological implications 4. Epigenetic modulation of GABA-A receptors in psychiatric disorders 5. From gene to behavior and back again: New perspectives on the GABA-A receptor subunit selectivity 6. Modulation of inotropic GABA receptors by natural products 7. A role for GABA in alcohol dependence 8. GABA-A agonists and partial agonists: THIP (Gaboxadol) as a non-opioid analgesic and a novel type of hypnotic 9. GABA-A receptor epilepsy mutations 10. Role of Na/K ratio in GABA transport 11. Structure-activity studies and functional pharmacology of GABA transporters 12. Structure, pharmacology, and function of GABA-A receptor subtypes 13. Pharmacological characteristics of GABA uptake inhibitors


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