From Inhibition of GABA-A Receptor-Mediated Synaptic Transmission by Conventional Antidepressants to Negative Allosteric Modulators of Alpha5-GABA-A Receptors as Putative Fast-Acting Antidepressant Drugs : Closing the Circle?

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Abstract

The present perspective paper shortly and specifically addresses the issues of whether inhibition of GABA-A receptor-mediated synaptic transmission may be involved in antidepressant-like actions and the therapeutic effects of conventional antidepressant (AD) drugs, and whether the recent development of negative allosteric modulators (NAMs) of the alpha5-GABA-A receptor may constitute significant progress in our knowledge on the neurobiology and the treatment of depression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-89
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Neuropharmacology
Volume20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Antidepressant drugs
  • Conventional antidepressants
  • GABA-A transmission
  • GABA-A receptors
  • Modulators of alpha5-GABA-A
  • Negative allosteric modulators

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