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Brain Res. 1990 Mar 12;511(1):41-54.

Changes in gamma-aminobutyric acid, mu-opioid and neurotensin receptors in the accumbens-pallidal projection after discrete quinolinic acid lesions in the nucleus accumbens.

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Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman 99164.


Discrete quinolinic acid lesions in the nucleus accumbens altered [3H]muscimol binding to gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors, [125I]neurotensin binding to neurotensin receptors, [125I]Tyr-D-Ala-Gly-NMePHe-Gly-OH binding to mu-opioid receptors, and [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate binding to muscarinic receptors. Within lesions of the lateral accumbens core, [3H]muscimol binding increased and [125I]Tyr-D-Ala-Gly-NMePhe-Gly-OH, [125I]neurotensin and [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate binding decreased. Lesions of the medial nucleus accumbens resulted in decreased [125I]Tyr-D-Ala-Gly-NMePhe-Gly-OH and [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate binding while no alterations were observed for [3H]muscimol or [125I]neurotensin binding. These data support anatomical distinctions between medial and lateral nucleus accumbens. Destruction of intrinsic neurons in the dorsomedial nucleus accumbens core increased [3H]muscimol binding in the dorsal rim of the ventral pallidum and the rostral globus pallidus without altering [125I]Tyr-D-Ala-Gly-NMePhe-Gly-OH binding. Destruction of neurons in the lateral nucleus accumbens core or medial shell did not alter [3H]muscimol binding in the ventral pallidum. The lack of upregulation in gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors suggests that the gamma-aminobutyric acid-containing projection from the dorsomedial core to the dorsal rim of the ventral pallidum differs from the projection from the lateral accumbens core and medial shell to the more ventral regions of the pallidum. Fluoro-gold retrograde tracer histochemistry confirmed the specific projection from the dorsomedial core to the dorsal ventral pallidum; and from the shell of the nucleus accumbens to more ventral regions of the ventral pallidum.

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