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Expert Opin Ther Targets. 2005 Feb;9(1):153-68.

GABA and glutamate systems as therapeutic targets in depression and mood disorders.

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Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.


Advances made in diverse areas of neuroscience suggest that neurotransmitter systems, additional to the monoaminergic, contribute to the pathophysiology of mood disorders. This ever accruing body of preclinical and clinical research is providing increased recognition of the contribution made by amino acid neurotransmitters to the neurobiology of mood disorders. This review examines evidence supporting the role of GABA and glutamate in these processes and explores the potential to target these systems in the development of novel compounds; the viability of these agents for treatment-related co-morbidities will also be considered.

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