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Nicotine stimulates dopamine (DA) cell firing via a local action at somatodendritic sites in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), increasing DA release in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc). Additionally, nicotine may also modulate DA release via a direct effect in the NAcc. This study examined the contribution of the latter mechanism on NAcc DA release by applying(More)
The psychostimulant drug amphetamine is often prescribed to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. The behavioral effects of the psychostimulant drug amphetamine depend on its ability to increase monoamine neurotransmission in brain regions such as the nucleus accumbens (NAC) and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Recent behavioral data suggest that(More)
A large percentage of depressed individuals use drugs of abuse, like cannabis. This study investigates the impact of cannabis on the pharmacological effects of the antidepressant citalopram. Using microdialysis in the prefrontal cortex of rats we monitored serotonin levels before and after cannabinoid (WIN55,212-2 or rimonabant) and citalopram(More)
Many patients with major depression do not respond to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Lack of response could be due to inhibition of dopamine (DA) release by serotonin (5-HT) through 5-HT2C receptors. Combining an SSRI with a 5-HT2C antagonist may result in improved efficacy by causing simultaneous increases of 5-HT and DA. In order to test(More)
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