Synaptic Plasticity and Nicotine Addiction

  title={Synaptic Plasticity and Nicotine Addiction},
  author={John A Dani and Daoyun Ji and Fu-Ming Zhou},
Nicotine, the main addictive component of tobacco, activates and desensitizes nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). In that way, nicotine alters normal nicotinic cholinergic functions. Among the myriad of psychopharmacological effects that underlie the addiction process, nicotine influences nAChR participation in synaptic plasticity. This influence has particular importance in the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system, which serves during the reinforcement of rewarding behaviors. 
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