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Ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons in the brain's reward circuit have a crucial role in mediating stress responses, including determining susceptibility versus resilience to social-stress-induced behavioural abnormalities. VTA dopamine neurons show two in vivo patterns of firing: low frequency tonic firing and high frequency phasic firing. Phasic(More)
Targeted, temporally regulated neural modulation is invaluable in determining the physiological roles of specific neural populations or circuits. Here we describe a system for non-invasive, temporal activation or inhibition of neuronal activity in vivo and its use to study central nervous system control of glucose homeostasis and feeding in mice. We are(More)
Retro-TRAP (translating ribosome affinity purification) technology enables the synthesis of molecular and neuroanatomical information through the use of transgenic and viral approaches. In contrast to other methods that are used to profile neural circuits such as laser-capture microdissection and FACS, Retro-TRAP is a high-throughput methodology that(More)
Ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine (DA) neurons in the brain's reward circuit play a crucial role in mediating stress responses 1–4 including determining susceptibility vs. resilience to social stress-induced behavioural abnormalities 5. VTA DA neurons exhibit two in vivo patterns of firing: low frequency tonic firing and high frequency phasic firing(More)
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