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Brain Res. 2008 Jun 18;1215:173-82. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2008.03.088. Epub 2008 Apr 13.

Contributions of nucleus accumbens core and shell GluR1 containing AMPA receptors in AMPA- and cocaine-primed reinstatement of cocaine-seeking behavior.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, CA 2098, Medical College of Georgia, 1120 15th Street, Augusta, Georgia 30912, USA.


Glutamate signaling in the nucleus accumbens influences reinstatement of previously extinguished cocaine-seeking behavior in rats. Whether or not region specific glutamate signaling in the nucleus accumbens contributes to reinstatement of cocaine-seeking behavior is not known. We investigated whether directly stimulating ionotropic glutamate receptors (GluRs) within the nucleus accumbens core or shell would differentially influence renewed cocaine-seeking behavior following extinction training. We also tested the hypothesis that GluR1 subunit (GluR1) containing alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-proprionic acid (AMPA) receptors in the nucleus accumbens core and not the shell regulate reinstatement of previously extinguished cocaine-seeking behavior. Microinjection of AMPA into the nucleus accumbens shell and the nucleus accumbens core dose-dependently elicited significant cocaine-seeking behavior. Administration of antisense oligonucleotides (AS) directed against GluR1 subunit mRNA into the core and shell disrupted AMPA- and cocaine-primed reinstatement--with the most pronounced effects seen in the nucleus accumbens shell. These results demonstrate that GluRs in the nucleus accumbens core and shell influence AMPA- and cocaine-primed reinstatement, yet the nucleus accumbens shell exerts a prepotency over the nucleus accumbens core.

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