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From Traumatic Childhood to Cocaine Abuse: The Critical Function of the Immune System.

Lo Iacono L, Catale C, Martini A, Valzania A, Viscomi MT, Chiurchiù V, Guatteo E, Bussone S, Perrone F, Di Sabato P, Aricò E, D'Argenio A, Troisi A, Mercuri NB, Maccarrone M, Puglisi-Allegra S, Casella P, Carola V.

Biol Psychiatry. 2018 Dec 15;84(12):905-916. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.05.022. Epub 2018 Jun 11.


Episodic Social Stress-Escalated Cocaine Self-Administration: Role of Phasic and Tonic Corticotropin Releasing Factor in the Anterior and Posterior Ventral Tegmental Area.

Holly EN, Boyson CO, Montagud-Romero S, Stein DJ, Gobrogge KL, DeBold JF, Miczek KA.

J Neurosci. 2016 Apr 6;36(14):4093-105. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2232-15.2016.


Social stress and CRF-dopamine interactions in the VTA: role in long-term escalation of cocaine self-administration.

Boyson CO, Holly EN, Shimamoto A, Albrechet-Souza L, Weiner LA, DeBold JF, Miczek KA.

J Neurosci. 2014 May 7;34(19):6659-67. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3942-13.2014.


Protein kinase mζ is necessary for cocaine-induced synaptic potentiation in the ventral tegmental area.

Ho SY, Chen CH, Liu TH, Chang HF, Liou JC.

Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Apr 15;71(8):706-13. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.10.031. Epub 2011 Dec 9.


Activation of D₂-like receptors in rat ventral tegmental area inhibits cocaine-reinstated drug-seeking behavior.

Xue Y, Steketee JD, Rebec GV, Sun W.

Eur J Neurosci. 2011 Apr;33(7):1291-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07591.x. Epub 2011 Jan 24.


Cocaine Exposure Enhances the Activity of Ventral Tegmental Area Dopamine Neurons via Calcium-Impermeable NMDARs.

Creed M, Kaufling J, Fois GR, Jalabert M, Yuan T, Lüscher C, Georges F, Bellone C.

J Neurosci. 2016 Oct 19;36(42):10759-10768.


Increased gabaergic input to ventral tegmental area dopaminergic neurons associated with decreased cocaine reinforcement in mu-opioid receptor knockout mice.

Mathon DS, Lesscher HM, Gerrits MA, Kamal A, Pintar JE, Schuller AG, Spruijt BM, Burbach JP, Smidt MP, van Ree JM, Ramakers GM.

Neuroscience. 2005;130(2):359-67.


Targeting VGLUT2 in Mature Dopamine Neurons Decreases Mesoaccumbal Glutamatergic Transmission and Identifies a Role for Glutamate Co-release in Synaptic Plasticity by Increasing Baseline AMPA/NMDA Ratio.

Papathanou M, Creed M, Dorst MC, Bimpisidis Z, Dumas S, Pettersson H, Bellone C, Silberberg G, Lüscher C, Wallén-Mackenzie Å.

Front Neural Circuits. 2018 Aug 29;12:64. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2018.00064. eCollection 2018.


Serotonin 2B Receptors in Mesoaccumbens Dopamine Pathway Regulate Cocaine Responses.

Doly S, Quentin E, Eddine R, Tolu S, Fernandez SP, Bertran-Gonzalez J, Valjent E, Belmer A, Viñals X, Callebert J, Faure P, Meye FJ, Hervé D, Robledo P, Mameli M, Launay JM, Maldonado R, Maroteaux L.

J Neurosci. 2017 Oct 25;37(43):10372-10388. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1354-17.2017. Epub 2017 Sep 21.


Atypical dopamine transporter inhibitors R-modafinil and JHW 007 differentially affect D2 autoreceptor neurotransmission and the firing rate of midbrain dopamine neurons.

Avelar AJ, Cao J, Newman AH, Beckstead MJ.

Neuropharmacology. 2017 Sep 1;123:410-419. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2017.06.016. Epub 2017 Jun 15.


Inactivation of NMDA Receptors in the Ventral Tegmental Area during Cocaine Self-Administration Prevents GluA1 Upregulation but with Paradoxical Increases in Cocaine-Seeking Behavior.

Guzman D, Carreira MB, Friedman AK, Adachi M, Neve RL, Monteggia LM, Han MH, Cowan CW, Self DW.

J Neurosci. 2018 Jan 17;38(3):575-585. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2828-16.2017. Epub 2017 Dec 1.


Poststress block of kappa opioid receptors rescues long-term potentiation of inhibitory synapses and prevents reinstatement of cocaine seeking.

Polter AM, Bishop RA, Briand LA, Graziane NM, Pierce RC, Kauer JA.

Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Nov 15;76(10):785-93. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.04.019. Epub 2014 May 21.


Ventral tegmental glutamate: a role in stress-, cue-, and cocaine-induced reinstatement of cocaine-seeking.

Wise RA.

Neuropharmacology. 2009;56 Suppl 1:174-6. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2008.06.008. Epub 2008 Jun 13. Review.


Stress-induced relapse to cocaine seeking: roles for the CRF(2) receptor and CRF-binding protein in the ventral tegmental area of the rat.

Wang B, You ZB, Rice KC, Wise RA.

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2007 Aug;193(2):283-94. Epub 2007 Apr 17.


Acupuncture attenuates cocaine-induced expression of behavioral sensitization in rats: possible involvement of the dopaminergic system in the ventral tegmental area.

Lee B, Han SM, Shim I.

Neurosci Lett. 2009 Jan 9;449(2):128-32. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2008.10.089. Epub 2008 Oct 30.


Synaptic and intrinsic plasticity in the ventral tegmental area after chronic cocaine.

Francis TC, Gantz SC, Moussawi K, Bonci A.

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2019 Feb;54:66-72. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2018.08.013. Epub 2018 Sep 17. Review.


Cocaine-evoked synaptic plasticity: persistence in the VTA triggers adaptations in the NAc.

Mameli M, Halbout B, Creton C, Engblom D, Parkitna JR, Spanagel R, Lüscher C.

Nat Neurosci. 2009 Aug;12(8):1036-41. doi: 10.1038/nn.2367. Epub 2009 Jul 13.


Loss of the trpc4 gene is associated with a reduction in cocaine self-administration and reduced spontaneous ventral tegmental area dopamine neuronal activity, without deficits in learning for natural rewards.

Klipec WD, Burrow KR, O'Neill C, Cao JL, Lawyer CR, Ostertag E, Fowler M, Bachtell RK, Illig KR, Cooper DC.

Behav Brain Res. 2016 Jun 1;306:117-27. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2016.03.027. Epub 2016 Mar 14.


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