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Amelioration of negative symptoms in schizophrenia by glycine
Am J Psychiatry 1994;151:1234-1236.
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Phencyclidine induces a psychotomimetic state by blocking neurotransmission at N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled fashion, 14 medicated patients with chronic schizophrenia were treated with glycine, a potentiator of NMDA- receptor-mediated neurotransmission. Significant improvement in negative symptoms occurred in the group given glycine but not in the group given placebo, suggesting that potentiation of NMDA-receptor- mediated neurotransmission may represent an effective treatment for neuroleptic-resistant negative symptoms in schizophrenia.

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