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Drug-driven AMPA receptor redistribution mimicked by selective dopamine neuron stimulation

Published inPloS one, vol. 5, no. 12, e15870
Publication date2010

Addictive drugs have in common that they cause surges in dopamine (DA) concentration in the mesolimbic reward system and elicit synaptic plasticity in DA neurons of the ventral tegmental area (VTA). Cocaine for example drives insertion of GluA2-lacking AMPA receptors (AMPARs) at glutamatergic synapes in DA neurons. However it remains elusive which molecular target of cocaine drives such AMPAR redistribution and whether other addictive drugs (morphine and nicotine) cause similar changes through their effects on the mesolimbic DA system.

  • Animals
  • Cocaine/pharmacology
  • Dependovirus/metabolism
  • Dopamine/metabolism
  • Electrophysiology/methods
  • Glutamine/metabolism
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Morphine/pharmacology
  • Neurons/metabolism
  • Nicotine/pharmacology
  • Receptors, AMPA/metabolism
  • Synapses
  • Ventral Tegmental Area/metabolism
Citation (ISO format)
BROWN, Matthew et al. Drug-driven AMPA receptor redistribution mimicked by selective dopamine neuron stimulation. In: PloS one, 2010, vol. 5, n° 12, p. e15870. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015870
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ISSN of the journal1932-6203

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