A Novel Role for Dopamine That Impacts Gene Expression Related to Cocaine Abuse Is Discovered By Mount Sinai Researchers
A new role for the brain chemical dopamine that is independent of classic neurotransmission has been discovered by scientists. The new role seems to be vital to changes in gene expression connected to chronic exposure to, or abuse of, cocaine.
Researchers have identified how alcohol influences dopaminergic and inhibitory neurons in the ventral tegmental area. The findings could help develop new treatments for alcohol dependence.
Researchers have developed more than a dozen new potential drug candidates they believe have the potential to curb smoking addiction by slowing how nicotine is broken down in the body.
Strategies for coping with stress and building resilience may provide approaches to prevent schizophrenia.