Repeated stimulation of L-type calcium channels in the rat ventral tegmental area mimics the initiation of behavioral sensitization to cocaine

@article{Licata2000RepeatedSO,
  title={Repeated stimulation of L-type calcium channels in the rat ventral tegmental area mimics the initiation of behavioral sensitization to cocaine},
  author={Stephanie C. Licata and Antoinette Y Freeman and A. F. Pierce-Bancroft and R. Christopher Pierce},
  journal={Psychopharmacology},
  year={2000},
  volume={152},
  pages={110-118}
}
Rationale: A substantial body of evidence indicates that ion flux through L-type calcium channels and N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors contributes to behavioral sensitization to cocaine. Objectives: The following experiments were designed to evaluate the role of calcium influx through L-type calcium channels or NMDA receptors in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) in the initiation of behavioral sensitization to cocaine. Methods: The L-type calcium channel agonist BayK 8644, the glutamate… CONTINUE READING
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