Molecular Neurobiology

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 232–244 | Cite as

Group I mGluRs and Long-Term Depression: Potential Roles in Addiction?

  • Brad A. Grueter
  • Zoé A. McElligott
  • Danny G. Winder
Article

Abstract

Addiction is an enormous societal problem. A number of recent studies have focused on adaptations at glutamatergic synapses that may play a role in the behavioral responses to drugs of abuse. These studies have largely focused on NMDA receptor-dependent forms of synaptic plasticity such as NMDA receptor-dependent long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD). A growing body of evidence, however, suggests that metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) also play important roles in the behavioral responses to drugs of abuse and participate in producing synaptic plasticity at glutamate synapses. In this review, we focus first on the evidence supporting a role for mGluRs in addiction and then on the properties of mGluR-dependent forms of synaptic plasticity, focusing in particular on Gq-linked receptor-induced LTD.

Keywords

Addiction Group I mGluRs Long-term depression 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by NIAAA and NIDA.

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© Humana Press Inc. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brad A. Grueter
    • 1
  • Zoé A. McElligott
    • 2
  • Danny G. Winder
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Physiology and BiophysicsVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Neuroscience Graduate ProgramVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Vanderbilt Brain InstituteVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA

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