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Presynaptic nicotinic ACh receptors
  • S. Wonnacott
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Trends in Neurosciences
  • 1 February 1997
Nicotinic ACh (nACh) receptors in the CNS are composed of a diverse array of subunits and have a range of pharmacological properties. However, despite the fact that they are ligand-gated cationExpand
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Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and the regulation of neuronal signalling.
Neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine (nACh) receptors in the brain are more commonly associated with modulatory events than mediation of synaptic transmission. nACh receptors have a high permeability forExpand
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Presynaptic nicotinic modulation of dopamine release in the three ascending pathways studied by in vivo microdialysis: comparison of naive and chronic nicotine-treated rats.
The modulation of dopamine release by presynaptic nicotinic receptors in vitro is well established, but the significance of this effect in vivo is unclear. We have characterised the effect ofExpand
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The paradox of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor upregulation by nicotine.
  • S. Wonnacott
  • Medicine
  • Trends in pharmacological sciences
  • 1 June 1990
Abstract Chronic exposure to agonist (or conditions that increase the synaptic concentration of the natural transmitter, such as blockade of inactivation mechanisms) results in a downregulation ofExpand
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Agonist-induced up-regulation of alpha4beta2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in M10 cells: pharmacological and spatial definition.
Chronic nicotine up-regulates the number of high affinity nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in mammalian brain. Here, we studied up-regulation of the nAChR composed of alpha4 and beta2Expand
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Characterisation of the binding of [3H]methyllycaconitine: a new radioligand for labelling α7-type neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors
Methyllycaconitine (MLA), a norditerpenoid alkaloid isolated from Delphinium seeds, is one of the most potent non-proteinacious ligands that is selective for alpha bungarotoxin-sensitive neuronalExpand
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Presynaptic α7- and β2-Containing Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors Modulate Excitatory Amino Acid Release from Rat Prefrontal Cortex Nerve Terminals via Distinct Cellular Mechanisms
Nicotine can enhance working memory and attention. Activation of both α7 and β2* nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) has been implicated in these processes. TheExpand
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alpha-bungarotoxin-sensitive nicotinic receptors indirectly modulate [(3)H]dopamine release in rat striatal slices via glutamate release.
Nicotinic agonists elicit the release of dopamine from striatal synaptosomes by acting on presynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) on dopamine nerve terminals. Both alpha3beta2* andExpand
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Nicotine: from molecular mechanisms to behaviour.
The addictive potential of nicotine is clearly recognized by the tenacity of tobacco smoking for most users, and has prompted extensive psychopharmacological studies in animals. In parallel, theExpand
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Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and the ascending dopamine pathways.
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are widely expressed in midbrain dopamine neurons that project to dorsal striatum, nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex. Thus nAChRs can influence theExpand
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