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Nicotine-mediated activation of dopaminergic neurons in distinct regions of the ventral tegmental area.

Zhao-Shea R, Liu L, Soll LG, Improgo MR, Meyers EE, McIntosh JM, Grady SR, Marks MJ, Gardner PD, Tapper AR.

Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 Apr;36(5):1021-32. doi: 10.1038/npp.2010.240.


Activation of alpha4* nAChRs is necessary and sufficient for varenicline-induced reduction of alcohol consumption.

Hendrickson LM, Zhao-Shea R, Pang X, Gardner PD, Tapper AR.

J Neurosci. 2010 Jul 28;30(30):10169-76. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2601-10.2010.


Distinctive nicotinic acetylcholine receptor functional phenotypes of rat ventral tegmental area dopaminergic neurons.

Yang K, Hu J, Lucero L, Liu Q, Zheng C, Zhen X, Jin G, Lukas RJ, Wu J.

J Physiol. 2009 Jan 15;587(2):345-61. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2008.162743.


Nicotine persistently activates ventral tegmental area dopaminergic neurons via nicotinic acetylcholine receptors containing α4 and α6 subunits.

Liu L, Zhao-Shea R, McIntosh JM, Gardner PD, Tapper AR.

Mol Pharmacol. 2012 Apr;81(4):541-8. doi: 10.1124/mol.111.076661.


Functional Upregulation of α4* Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in VTA GABAergic Neurons Increases Sensitivity to Nicotine Reward.

Ngolab J, Liu L, Zhao-Shea R, Gao G, Gardner PD, Tapper AR.

J Neurosci. 2015 Jun 3;35(22):8570-8. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4453-14.2015.


A role for α4(non-α6)* nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in motor behavior.

Soll LG, Grady SR, Salminen O, Marks MJ, Tapper AR.

Neuropharmacology. 2013 Oct;73:19-30. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2013.05.001.


Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors containing the α6 subunit contribute to ethanol activation of ventral tegmental area dopaminergic neurons.

Liu L, Zhao-Shea R, McIntosh JM, Tapper AR.

Biochem Pharmacol. 2013 Oct 15;86(8):1194-200. doi: 10.1016/j.bcp.2013.06.015.


Functional nicotinic acetylcholine receptors containing α6 subunits are on GABAergic neuronal boutons adherent to ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons.

Yang K, Buhlman L, Khan GM, Nichols RA, Jin G, McIntosh JM, Whiteaker P, Lukas RJ, Wu J.

J Neurosci. 2011 Feb 16;31(7):2537-48. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3003-10.2011.


Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors containing the α4 subunit modulate alcohol reward.

Liu L, Hendrickson LM, Guildford MJ, Zhao-Shea R, Gardner PD, Tapper AR.

Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Apr 15;73(8):738-46. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.09.019.


Differential desensitization and distribution of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subtypes in midbrain dopamine areas.

Wooltorton JR, Pidoplichko VI, Broide RS, Dani JA.

J Neurosci. 2003 Apr 15;23(8):3176-85.


Distinct contributions of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunit alpha4 and subunit alpha6 to the reinforcing effects of nicotine.

Exley R, Maubourguet N, David V, Eddine R, Evrard A, Pons S, Marti F, Threlfell S, Cazala P, McIntosh JM, Changeux JP, Maskos U, Cragg SJ, Faure P.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 May 3;108(18):7577-82. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1103000108.


The α5 subunit regulates the expression and function of α4*-containing neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the ventral-tegmental area.

Chatterjee S, Santos N, Holgate J, Haass-Koffler CL, Hopf FW, Kharazia V, Lester H, Bonci A, Bartlett SE.

PLoS One. 2013 Jul 15;8(7):e68300. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068300.


Effects of nicotine in the dopaminergic system of mice lacking the alpha4 subunit of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

Marubio LM, Gardier AM, Durier S, David D, Klink R, Arroyo-Jimenez MM, McIntosh JM, Rossi F, Champtiaux N, Zoli M, Changeux JP.

Eur J Neurosci. 2003 Apr;17(7):1329-37.


α6-Containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in midbrain dopamine neurons are poised to govern dopamine-mediated behaviors and synaptic plasticity.

Berry JN, Engle SE, McIntosh JM, Drenan RM.

Neuroscience. 2015 Sep 24;304:161-75. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.07.052.


Molecular and physiological diversity of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the midbrain dopaminergic nuclei.

Klink R, de Kerchove d'Exaerde A, Zoli M, Changeux JP.

J Neurosci. 2001 Mar 1;21(5):1452-63.


Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the mesolimbic pathway: primary role of ventral tegmental area alpha6beta2* receptors in mediating systemic nicotine effects on dopamine release, locomotion, and reinforcement.

Gotti C, Guiducci S, Tedesco V, Corbioli S, Zanetti L, Moretti M, Zanardi A, Rimondini R, Mugnaini M, Clementi F, Chiamulera C, Zoli M.

J Neurosci. 2010 Apr 14;30(15):5311-25. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5095-09.2010.


Crucial role of alpha4 and alpha6 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor subunits from ventral tegmental area in systemic nicotine self-administration.

Pons S, Fattore L, Cossu G, Tolu S, Porcu E, McIntosh JM, Changeux JP, Maskos U, Fratta W.

J Neurosci. 2008 Nov 19;28(47):12318-27. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3918-08.2008.


Separating analgesia from reward within the ventral tegmental area.

Schifirneţ E, Bowen SE, Borszcz GS.

Neuroscience. 2014 Mar 28;263:72-87. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.01.009.


Properties of distinct ventral tegmental area synapses activated via pedunculopontine or ventral tegmental area stimulation in vitro.

Good CH, Lupica CR.

J Physiol. 2009 Mar 15;587(Pt 6):1233-47. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2008.164194.

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