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Adenosine is present in the mammalian brain in large amounts and has potent effects on neuronal activity, but its role in neural signaling is poorly understood. The glutamate receptor agonist N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) caused a presynaptic depression of excitatory synaptic transmission in the CA1 region of guinea pig hippocampal slices. This depression was(More)
Defining the drug-induced neuroadaptations specifically associated with the behavioral manifestation of addiction is a daunting task. To address this issue, we used a behavioral model that differentiates rats controlling their drug use (Non-Addict-like) from rats undergoing transition to addiction (Addict-like). Dysfunctions in prefrontal cortex (PFC)(More)
In the CA1 and CA3 regions of the guinea pig hippocampus, we have tested the ability of the new antagonist (RS)-alpha-methyl-4-carboxyphenylglycine (MCPG) to inhibit the well-known effects of (trans)-1-amino-cyclopentyl-1,3-dicarboxylate (ACPD), a specific agonist of glutamate metabotropic receptors. Whole-cell recordings showed that MCPG was able to(More)
We have tested the ability of several specific agonists of glutamate metabotropic receptors (mGluRs) to depress synaptic transmission at mossy fiber synapses in the CA3 region of the guinea pig hippocampus. 1S,3R-1-amino-cyclopentyl-1,3-dicarboxylate (ACPD) reversibly inhibited monosynaptic mossy fiber field potentials, presumably by a presynaptic(More)
Addictive drugs are thought to alter normal brain function and cause the remodeling of synaptic functions in areas important to memory and reward. Excitatory transmission to the nucleus accumbens (NAc) is involved in the actions of most drugs of abuse, including cannabis. We have explored the functions of the endocannabinoid system at the prefrontal(More)
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