Real-time imaging of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPA receptor) movements in neurons

Biochem Soc Trans. 2003 Aug;31(Pt 4):880-4. doi: 10.1042/bst0310880.


The mechanisms that regulate alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPAR) synthesis, transport, targeting and surface expression are of fundamental importance for fast excitatory neurotransmission and synaptic plasticity in the mammalian central nervous system. It has become apparent that these control processes involve complex sets of protein-protein interactions and many of the proteins responsible have been identified. We have been working to visualize AMPAR movement in living neurons in order to investigate the effects of blocking protein interactions. Here we outline the approaches used and the results obtained thus far.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Endocytosis / physiology
  • Exocytosis / physiology
  • Fluorescence
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Humans
  • Luminescent Proteins / chemistry
  • Luminescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Neurons / metabolism
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Protein Subunits
  • Receptors, AMPA / chemistry
  • Receptors, AMPA / metabolism
  • Receptors, AMPA / physiology*


  • Luminescent Proteins
  • Protein Subunits
  • Receptors, AMPA
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • Protein Kinases