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Antonios G. Dougalis, Gillian A. C. Matthews, Matthew W. Bishop, Frédéric Brischoux, Kazuto Kobayashi and Mark A. Ungless Functional properties of dopamine neurons and co-expression of vasoactive intestinal polypeptide in the dorsal raphe nucleus and ventro-lateral periaqueductal grey European Journal of Neuroscience 36

Article first published online: 26 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08255.x

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Dopamine neurons in the DRN/vlPAG are electrophysiologically similar to VTA dopamine neurons, but distinct from serotonin neurons. Vasoactive-intestinal polypeptide is co-expressed in a subset of these dopamine neurons, typically those positioned more dorsally, close to the aqueduct. These neurons receive fast excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs in brainslices.

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