Targeting metabotropic glutamate receptors in neuroimmune communication

C. Volpi, F. Fazio, F. Fallarino

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l-Glutamate (l-Glu) is the principal excitatory neurotransmitter in the Central Nervous System (CNS), where it regulates cellular and synaptic activity, neuronal plasticity, cell survival and other relevant functions. Glutamatergic neurotransmission is complex and involves both ionotropic (ligand-gated ion channels; iGluRs) and metabotropic receptors (G-protein coupled receptors). Recent evidence suggests that glutamatergic receptors are also expressed by immune cells, regulating the degree of cell activation. In this review we primarily focus on mGluRs and their role in the crosstalk between the central nervous and immune systems during neuroinflammation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-506
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012


  • Metabotropic glutamate receptors
  • Neuroimmune communication
  • Neuroinflammation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology


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