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Brain Res. 1993 Oct 8;624(1-2):277-80.

Facilitatory modulation of mesolimbic dopamine neuronal activity by a mu-opioid agonist and nicotine as examined with in vivo microdialysis.

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Department of Pharmacology, Kurume University School of Medicine, Japan.


Administration of either Tyr-D-Ala-Gly-MePhe-Gly(ol) (DAGO), a mu-opioid agonist, or nicotine into the VTA (A10) caused an increase in both dopamine (DA) and its metabolite levels in both the A10 region and DA nerve terminals in the nucleus accumbens of rats when assessed with dual probe brain dialysis. These findings show that DAGO and nicotine increase both axonal- and somatodendritic-DA release, as well as metabolic activity in mesolimbic DA neurons, possibly by inducing an increase in neuronal impulse flow.

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