NMDAR1 encodes a protein that is a critical subunit of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors, members of the glutamate receptor channel superfamily which are heteromeric protein complexes with multiple subunits arranged to form a ligand-gated ion channel. These subunits play a key role in the plasticity of synapses, which is believed to underlie memory and learning. Cell-specific factors are thought to control expression of different isoforms, possibly contributing to the functional diversity of the subunits. Alternatively spliced transcript variants have been described.
DCP2 decapping enzyme homolog; hDpc; m7GpppN-mRNA hydrolase; mRNA-decapping enzyme 2; Nucleoside diphosphate-linked moiety X motif 20; nudix (nucleoside diphosphate linked moiety X)-type motif 20; Nudix motif 20