Chronic cocaine administration alters corticotropin-releasing factor receptors in the rat brain

Nick E. Goeders, Oscar J. Bienvenu, Errol B. De Souza

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Two groups of 12 rats received daily injections of cocaine (20 mg/kg, i.p.) or saline for 15 days following bilateral infusions of 6-hydroxydopamine or vehicle into the lateral ventricles. Cocaine administration resulted in significant decreases in CRF receptor labeling primarily in brain areas associated with the mesolimbic/mesocortical dopaminergic system. All of the cocaine-induced changes in CRF binding were attenuated in the lesioned animals, suggesting that these effects may be mediated, in part, through the actions of the drug on dopaminergic neuronal activity. Dopamine may also be involved in the release of CRF in the rat brain since the purported loss of dopaminergic innervations resulted in increased CRF binding in the saline-treated animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-328
Number of pages7
JournalBrain research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 29 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Autoradiography
  • Cocaine
  • Corticotropin-releasing factor
  • Dopamine
  • Mesolimbic/mesocortical
  • Receptor regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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