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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Role of the nNOS gene in ethanol-induced conditioned place preference in mice
Alcohol Volume 43, Issue 4, June 2009, Pages 285-291

Nitric oxide (NO) produced by neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) has a role in synaptic plasticity, and evidence suggests its role in a range of effects produced by alcohol in the central nervous system. The aim of the current study was to investigate the role of the nNOS gene in the development of ethanol-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) in mice.

Results show that both WT and nNOS KO mice developed significant CPA. The findings that the absence of the nNOS gene impaired ethanol-induced CPP but not LiCl-induced CPA suggest that NO signaling has a specific role in processing the motivational effect of ethanol. Hence, inhibition of nNOS may attenuate the development of maladaptive behaviors associated with alcohol exposure.

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