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Nicotine and ethanol cooperate to enhance ventral tegmental area AMPA receptor function via α6-containing nicotinic receptors.

Engle SE, McIntosh JM, Drenan RM.

Neuropharmacology. 2015 Apr;91:13-22. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2014.11.014. Epub 2014 Dec 4.


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. Epub 2011 Feb 2.


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.


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.


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. Epub 2015 Jul 23.


Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors containing α6 subunits contribute to alcohol reward-related behaviours.

Powers MS, Broderick HJ, Drenan RM, Chester JA.

Genes Brain Behav. 2013 Jul;12(5):543-53. doi: 10.1111/gbb.12042. Epub 2013 May 7.


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.


Subunit composition of functional nicotinic receptors in dopaminergic neurons investigated with knock-out mice.

Champtiaux N, Gotti C, Cordero-Erausquin M, David DJ, Przybylski C, Léna C, Clementi F, Moretti M, Rossi FM, Le Novère N, McIntosh JM, Gardier AM, Changeux JP.

J Neurosci. 2003 Aug 27;23(21):7820-9.


Enhanced synthesis and release of dopamine in transgenic mice with gain-of-function α6* nAChRs.

Wang Y, Lee JW, Oh G, Grady SR, McIntosh JM, Brunzell DH, Cannon JR, Drenan RM.

J Neurochem. 2014 Apr;129(2):315-27. doi: 10.1111/jnc.12616. Epub 2013 Dec 13.


Nicotine potentiation of excitatory inputs to ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons.

Mao D, Gallagher K, McGehee DS.

J Neurosci. 2011 May 4;31(18):6710-20. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5671-10.2011.


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. Epub 2012 Jan 5.


Alpha7-nicotinic receptors modulate nicotine-induced reinforcement and extracellular dopamine outflow in the mesolimbic system in mice.

Besson M, David V, Baudonnat M, Cazala P, Guilloux JP, Reperant C, Cloez-Tayarani I, Changeux JP, Gardier AM, Granon S.

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Mar;220(1):1-14. doi: 10.1007/s00213-011-2422-1. Epub 2011 Sep 8.


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. Epub 2013 Jun 26.


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. Epub 2008 Dec 1.


Mechanisms involved in systemic nicotine-induced glutamatergic synaptic plasticity on dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area.

Gao M, Jin Y, Yang K, Zhang D, Lukas RJ, Wu J.

J Neurosci. 2010 Oct 13;30(41):13814-25. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1943-10.2010.


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.


Localized low-level re-expression of high-affinity mesolimbic nicotinic acetylcholine receptors restores nicotine-induced locomotion but not place conditioning.

Mineur YS, Brunzell DH, Grady SR, Lindstrom JM, McIntosh JM, Marks MJ, King SL, Picciotto MR.

Genes Brain Behav. 2009 Apr;8(3):257-66. doi: 10.1111/j.1601-183X.2008.00468.x. Epub 2008 Dec 11.


Nicotinic activation of laterodorsal tegmental neurons: implications for addiction to nicotine.

Ishibashi M, Leonard CS, Kohlmeier KA.

Neuropsychopharmacology. 2009 Nov;34(12):2529-47. doi: 10.1038/npp.2009.82. Epub 2009 Jul 22.


Differential modulation by nicotine of substantia nigra versus ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons.

Keath JR, Iacoviello MP, Barrett LE, Mansvelder HD, McGehee DS.

J Neurophysiol. 2007 Dec;98(6):3388-96. Epub 2007 Oct 17.


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