Amphetamine-induced plasticity of AMPA receptors in the ventral tegmental area: effects on extracellular levels of dopamine and glutamate in freely moving rats.

@article{Giorgetti2001AmphetamineinducedPO,
  title={Amphetamine-induced plasticity of AMPA receptors in the ventral tegmental area: effects on extracellular levels of dopamine and glutamate in freely moving rats.},
  author={Marco Giorgetti and Gregory Hotsenpiller and Pamela P. Ward and Tara L. Teppen and Marina E Wolf},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2001},
  volume={21 16},
  pages={6362-9}
}
Previous electrophysiological studies suggested that the initiation of behavioral sensitization to cocaine and amphetamine involves a transient increase in AMPA receptor responsiveness in the ventral tegmental area (VTA). To test this, we used in vivo microdialysis to examine the effects of intra-VTA administration of AMPA (10 microm) and NMDA (100 microm) on dopamine (DA) and glutamate efflux in the VTA and the nucleus accumbens (NAC), an important target of VTA DA neurons. We compared rats… CONTINUE READING
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