Presynaptic inhibition of glutamate transmission by α2 receptors in the VTA (pages 1406–1415)
Carlos A. Jiménez-Rivera, Johnny Figueroa, Rafael Vázquez-Torres, María E. Vélez-Hernandez, David Schwarz, María C. Velásquez-Martinez and Francisco Arencibia-Albite
Article first published online: 7 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08029.x
The ventral tegmental area (VTA) forms part of the mesocorticolimbic system and plays a pivotal role in reward and reinforcing actions of drugs of abuse. Glutamate transmission within the VTA controls important aspects of goal-directed behavior and motivation.