Charles D. Blaha

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Microinjections of the cholinergic receptor agonist nicotine and the cholinesterase inhibitor neostigmine were made into the ventral tegmental area (VTA) of urethane-anesthetized rats, and dopamine (DA) efflux in the nucleus accumbens was measured using in vivo chronoamperometry. Dose-dependent increases in the chronoamperometric signals corresponding to(More)
Cholinergic and glutamatergic neurons in the laterodorsal tegmentum (LDT) and neighbouring mesopontine nuclei are thought to influence mesolimbic dopaminergic neuronal activity involved in goal-directed behaviours. We measured the changes in dopamine oxidation current (corresponding with dopamine efflux) in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in response to(More)
Inputs from multiple sites in the telencephalon, including the hippocampus and basolateral amygdala (BLA), converge on neurons in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), and dopamine (DA) is believed to play an essential role in the amplification and gating of these different limbic inputs. The present study used extracellular single-unit recordings of NAc neurons in(More)
There has been significant advancement in various aspects of scientific knowledge concerning the role of cerebellum in the etiopathogenesis of autism. In the current consensus paper, we will observe the diversity of opinions regarding the involvement of this important site in the pathology of autism. Recent emergent findings in literature related to(More)
Genetic reference populations, particularly the BXD recombinant inbred (BXD RI) strains derived from C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice, are a valuable resource for the discovery of the bio-molecular substrates and genetic drivers responsible for trait variation and covariation. This approach can be profitably applied in the analysis of susceptibility and mechanisms(More)
The effects of electrical stimulation of the ventral subiculum/CA1 region of the hippocampus on changes in dopamine oxidation current (corresponding to dopamine efflux) in the nucleus accumbens were examined using in vivo chronoamperometry with stearate-graphite paste electrodes in urethane-anaesthetized rats. Burst-patterned monophasic pulses (10-100(More)
Afferents from the basolateral amygdala and dopamine projections from the ventral tegmental area to the nucleus accumbens have both been implicated in reward-related processes. The present study used in vivo chronoamperometry with stearate-graphite paste electrodes in urethane-anaesthetized rats to determine how basolateral amygdala efferents to the nucleus(More)
Interactions between the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and the nucleus accumbens (NAc) mediate reward-related processes that are modulated by mesoaccumbens dopamine (DA) transmission. The present in vivo electrophysiological study assessed: (1) changes in the firing probability of submaximal BLA-evoked single neuronal firing activity in the NAc after tetanic(More)
The effects of microinjections of cholinergic agents into the substantia nigra pars compacta on dopamine (DA) efflux in the anterior dorsomedial striatum of urethane-anesthetized rats were investigated using in vivo chronoamperometry and intracerebral microdialysis techniques. A dose-dependent augmentation of DA efflux as evidenced by increases in the(More)
Central dopamine transmission was examined in the nucleus accumbens and striatum of sexually experienced male rats during mating behaviour using in vivo brain microdialysis. Dopamine release increased significantly in the nucleus accumbens when males were placed in a novel mating chamber and when a receptive female was introduced behind a screen(More)