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Gregory C. Sartor and Gary Aston-Jones Regulation of the ventral tegmental area by the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis is required for expression of cocaine preference European Journal of Neuroscience 36

Article first published online: 8 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08277.x

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Although several studies have found a strong functional and anatomical projection from ventral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (vBNST) to neurons in ventral tegmental area (VTA), it was unknown if this circuit is important in reward-related behaviors. Using local inactivations and cocaine conditioned place preference, we show that inhibition of vBNST or its inputs to VTA significantly attenuated cocaine place preference. Thus, these studies shed light on novel connections involved in cocaine reward.

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