Ying-Jun Cao

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Different nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subtypes appear to modulate dopamine release from the striatum and prefrontal cortex. In this study a combination of subtype-selective antagonists and agonists were used to extensively characterize the nAChRs involved in dopamine release from slice preparations of these two brain regions. alpha-conotoxin-MII(More)
A series of exceptionally potent agonists at neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) has been investigated. Several N-(3-pyridinyl) derivatives of bridged bicyclic diamines exhibit double-digit-picomolar binding affinities for the alpha 4 beta 2 subtype, placing them with epibatidine among the most potent nAChR ligands described to date.(More)
The mechanism of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR)-induced hippocampal dopamine (DA) release was investigated using rat hippocampal slices. nAChRs involved in hippocampal DA and norepinephrine (NE) release were investigated using prototypical agonists and antagonists and several relatively novel compounds: ABT-594(More)
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