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Protein GRIN2B PDB 1S11.png
Available structures
PDBOrtholog search: PDBe RCSB
AliasesGRIN2B, GluN2B, MRD6, NMDAR2B, NR2B, hNR3, EIEE27, glutamate ionotropic receptor NMDA type subunit 2B, NR3
External IDsOMIM: 138252 MGI: 95821 HomoloGene: 646 GeneCards: GRIN2B
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 12 (human)
Chr.Chromosome 12 (human)[1]
Chromosome 12 (human)
Genomic location for GRIN2B
Genomic location for GRIN2B
Band12p13.1Start13,437,942 bp[1]
End13,981,957 bp[1]
RNA expression pattern
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More reference expression data
RefSeq (mRNA)



RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC)Chr 12: 13.44 – 13.98 MbChr 6: 135.71 – 136.17 Mb
PubMed search[3][4]
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Glutamate [NMDA] receptor subunit epsilon-2, also known as N-methyl D-aspartate receptor subtype 2B (NMDAR2B or NR2B), is a protein that in humans is encoded by the GRIN2B gene.[5]

NMDA receptors[edit]

N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors are a class of ionotropic glutamate receptors. The NMDA receptor channel has been shown to be involved in long-term potentiation, an activity-dependent increase in the efficiency of synaptic transmission thought to underlie certain kinds of memory and learning. NMDA receptor channels are heterotetramers composed of two molecules of the key receptor subunit NMDAR1 (GRIN1) and two drawn from one or more of the four NMDAR2 subunits: NMDAR2A (GRIN2A), NMDAR2B (GRIN2B), NMDAR2C (GRIN2C), and NMDAR2D (GRIN2D). The NR2 subunit acts as the agonist binding site for glutamate, one of the predominant excitatory neurotransmitter receptors in the mammalian brain.[6]


NR2B has been associated with age- and visual-experience-dependent plasticity in the neocortex of rats, where an increased NR2B/NR2A ratio correlates directly with the stronger excitatory LTP in young animals. This is thought to contribute to experience-dependent refinement of developing cortical circuits.[7]

Both mice and rats that were engineered to over-express GRIN2B in their brains have increased mental ability.[8][9]


  • Besonprodil
  • CERC-301, a selective NR2B receptor antagonist
  • Eliprodil
  • Ethanol - apparent induction of dephosphorylation of the NR2B Tyr1472 residue by STEP, leading to reduced receptor function
  • Ifenprodil - selective NR2B antagonist
  • Evt 101, a selective NR2B receptor antagonist. This compound was tested as a potentially fast-acting antidepressant.[10] In 2011 it was voluntarily withdrawn from a Phase II clinical study in treatment-resistant depression due to an unsatisfactory toxicity profile.[11]
  • Felbamate, an anticonvulsant that is also a positive allosteric modulator for the GABAA receptor
  • Ro-25-6981 (also known as MI-4), a selective NR2B receptor antagonist
  • Traxoprodil, a selective NR2B receptor antagonist
  • Toluene - noncompetetive antagonist


GRIN2B has been shown to interact with:

See also[edit]


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  19. ^ Jo K, Derin R, Li M, Bredt DS (June 1999). "Characterization of MALS/Velis-1, -2, and -3: a family of mammalian LIN-7 homologs enriched at brain synapses in association with the postsynaptic density-95/NMDA receptor postsynaptic complex". The Journal of Neuroscience. 19 (11): 4189–99. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.19-11-04189.1999. PMC 6782594. PMID 10341223.
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Further reading[edit]

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  • Nagy J (June 2004). "The NR2B subtype of NMDA receptor: a potential target for the treatment of alcohol dependence". Current Drug Targets. CNS and Neurological Disorders. 3 (3): 169–79. doi:10.2174/1568007043337409. PMID 15180478.
  • King JE, Eugenin EA, Buckner CM, Berman JW (April 2006). "HIV tat and neurotoxicity". Microbes and Infection. 8 (5): 1347–57. doi:10.1016/j.micinf.2005.11.014. PMID 16697675.
  • Kornau HC, Schenker LT, Kennedy MB, Seeburg PH (September 1995). "Domain interaction between NMDA receptor subunits and the postsynaptic density protein PSD-95". Science. 269 (5231): 1737–40. Bibcode:1995Sci...269.1737K. doi:10.1126/science.7569905. PMID 7569905.
  • Magnuson DS, Knudsen BE, Geiger JD, Brownstone RM, Nath A (March 1995). "Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 tat activates non-N-methyl-D-aspartate excitatory amino acid receptors and causes neurotoxicity". Annals of Neurology. 37 (3): 373–80. doi:10.1002/ana.410370314. PMID 7695237.
  • Mandich P, Schito AM, Bellone E, Antonacci R, Finelli P, Rocchi M, Ajmar F (July 1994). "Mapping of the human NMDAR2B receptor subunit gene (GRIN2B) to chromosome 12p12". Genomics. 22 (1): 216–8. doi:10.1006/geno.1994.1366. PMID 7959773.
  • Adams SL, Foldes RL, Kamboj RK (January 1995). "Human N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor modulatory subunit hNR3: cloning and sequencing of the cDNA and primary structure of the protein". Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1260 (1): 105–8. doi:10.1016/0167-4781(94)00189-a. PMID 7999784.
  • Sheng M, Cummings J, Roldan LA, Jan YN, Jan LY (March 1994). "Changing subunit composition of heteromeric NMDA receptors during development of rat cortex". Nature. 368 (6467): 144–7. Bibcode:1994Natur.368..144S. doi:10.1038/368144a0. PMID 8139656.
  • Roche KW, Raymond LA, Blackstone C, Huganir RL (April 1994). "Transmembrane topology of the glutamate receptor subunit GluR6". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 269 (16): 11679–82. PMID 8163463.
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  • Niethammer M, Kim E, Sheng M (April 1996). "Interaction between the C terminus of NMDA receptor subunits and multiple members of the PSD-95 family of membrane-associated guanylate kinases". The Journal of Neuroscience. 16 (7): 2157–63. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.16-07-02157.1996. PMC 6578538. PMID 8601796.
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  • Hess SD, Daggett LP, Crona J, Deal C, Lu CC, Urrutia A, Chavez-Noriega L, Ellis SB, Johnson EC, Veliçelebi G (August 1996). "Cloning and functional characterization of human heteromeric N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors". The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 278 (2): 808–16. PMID 8768735.
  • Müller BM, Kistner U, Kindler S, Chung WJ, Kuhlendahl S, Fenster SD, Lau LF, Veh RW, Huganir RL, Gundelfinger ED, Garner CC (August 1996). "SAP102, a novel postsynaptic protein that interacts with NMDA receptor complexes in vivo". Neuron. 17 (2): 255–65. doi:10.1016/S0896-6273(00)80157-9. PMID 8780649.
  • Wu P, Price P, Du B, Hatch WC, Terwilliger EF (April 1996). "Direct cytotoxicity of HIV-1 envelope protein gp120 on human NT neurons". NeuroReport. 7 (5): 1045–9. doi:10.1097/00001756-199604100-00018. PMID 8804048.
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