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Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2010;3:101-17. doi: 10.1007/7854_2009_19.

Prefrontal cortical regulation of drug seeking in animal models of drug relapse.

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Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3270, USA.

Abstract

Prefrontal cortical dysfunction is thought to underlie maladaptive behaviors displayed by chronic drug users, most notably the high propensity for relapse that severely impedes successful treatment of drug addiction. In animal models of drug relapse, exposure to drug-associated stimuli, small amounts of drug, and acute stressors powerfully reinstate drug seeking by critically engaging the prefrontal cortex, with the anterior cingulate, prelimbic, infralimbic, and orbitofrontal subregions making distinct contributions to drug seeking. Hence, from an addiction treatment perspective, it is necessary to fully explicate the involvement of the prefrontal cortex in drug relapse.

PMID:
21161751
PMCID:
PMC4381832
DOI:
10.1007/7854_2009_19
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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