Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and the ascending dopamine pathways

Phil D Livingstone, Susan Wonnacott

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Abstract

Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are widely expressed in midbrain dopamine neurons that project to dorsal striatum, nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex. Thus nAChRs can influence the functions of these three pathways, notably motor control, ‘reward’ and executive function, respectively. Diverse subtypes of nAChRs have been identified on dopamine cell bodies and terminals as well as on neighbouring afferents and interneurons. Here we review the molecular and cellular mechanisms through which nAChRs exert their influence on these pathways in rodents.
LanguageEnglish
Pages744-755
Number of pages12
JournalBiochemical Pharmacology
Volume78
Issue number7
DOIs
StatusPublished - Oct 2009

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Nicotinic Receptors
Dopamine
Efferent Pathways
Dopaminergic Neurons
Executive Function
Nucleus Accumbens
Interneurons
Mesencephalon
Prefrontal Cortex
Reward
Neurons
Rodentia
Cells

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Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and the ascending dopamine pathways. / Livingstone, Phil D; Wonnacott, Susan.

In: Biochemical Pharmacology, Vol. 78, No. 7, 10.2009, p. 744-755.

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