Nicotine-induced norepinephrine release in the rat amygdala and hippocampus is mediated through brainstem nicotinic cholinergic receptors.

Previous studies have shown that nicotine stimulates norepinephrine (NE) release in the rat hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus, which in turn activates the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis. In the present study, nicotine induced NE release in the amygdala (AMYG) and the hippocampus (HP) of the same rat in vivo. Nicotine (0.065-0.135 mg/kg i.v. at a rate… (More)