Structure-activity relationships in the development of excitatory amino acid receptor agonists and competitive antagonists

Trends Pharmacol Sci. 1990 Jan;11(1):25-33. doi: 10.1016/0165-6147(90)90038-a.


Development of new selective ligands for excitatory amino acid receptors has been fundamental in supporting this rapidly developing field. Some of the most important ligands have come from the laboratories of Jeff Watkins, Povl Krogsgaard-Larsen and Tage Honoré, who collaborate in this double-length review to describe the chemical features and SARs of agonists and antagonists, particularly those features associated with subtype selectivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Binding, Competitive / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Receptors, Amino Acid
  • Receptors, Cell Surface / metabolism*
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Amino Acids
  • Receptors, Amino Acid
  • Receptors, Cell Surface