Chang-Liang Liu

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Stimulation of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) has been shown to have an excitatory influence on dopamine (DA) neurons. We report here that, under nonstimulated conditions, the activity of DA neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) also covaries, on a subsecond timescale, with the activity of PFC cells. Thus, in 67% of VTA DA neurons recorded in chloral(More)
AIM To investigate the effect of l-stepholidine (SPD) on the frequency of spontaneous excitatory postsynaptic currents (sEPSC) in the pyramidal cells between layers V and VI in the prelimbic cortex (PL). METHODS A whole-cell patch clamp in rat brain slices was used. RESULTS SPD significantly increased the frequency of sEPSC in a concentration-dependent(More)
Dopamine (DA) neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) not only participate in reward processing, but also respond to aversive stimuli. Although GABA neurons in this area are actively involved in regulating the firing of DA neurons, few data exist concerning the responses of these neurons to aversive sensory input. In this study, by employing(More)
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