Aliases for GRIK4 Gene
External Ids for GRIK4 Gene
Previous Symbols for GRIK4 Gene
This gene encodes a protein that belongs to the glutamate-gated ionic channel family. Glutamate functions as the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system through activation of ligand-gated ion channels and G protein-coupled membrane receptors. The protein encoded by this gene forms functional heteromeric kainate-preferring ionic channels with the subunits encoded by related gene family members. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene. [provided by RefSeq, Sep 2013]
GeneCards Summary for GRIK4 Gene
GRIK4 (Glutamate Receptor, Ionotropic, Kainate 4) is a Protein Coding gene. Among its related pathways are Transmission across Chemical Synapses and Transmission across Chemical Synapses. GO annotations related to this gene include extracellular-glutamate-gated ion channel activity and kainate selective glutamate receptor activity. An important paralog of this gene is GRID2.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for GRIK4 Gene
Receptor for glutamate. L-glutamate acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter at many synapses in the central nervous system. The postsynaptic actions of Glu are mediated by a variety of receptors that are named according to their selective agonists
Kainate receptors are members of the ionotropic class of glutamate receptors, which also includes NMDA and AMPA receptors. Kainate receptors have been identified both pre- and post-synaptically. The receptors contribute to excitatory postsynaptic currents in many regions of the CNS and play a role in short- and long-term synaptic plasticity. Kainate receptors consist of GluR5-7 and KA1-2 subunits. Each subunit has an extracellular N-terminus, a cytoplasmic C-terminus, three membrane-spanning segments and a p-loop that dips into the membrane from the cytoplasmic face to form the pore.