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4: Increased cAMP produced in post-synaptic cell

Increased cAMP produced in post-synaptic cell

In a closer view, show how this affects the function of the cell. The increased activation of dopamine receptors causes increased production of cAMP inside the post-synaptic cell. This causes many changes inside the cell that lead to abnormal firing patterns.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (2007). 4: Increased cAMP produced in post-synaptic cell. In The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/brain-actions-cocaine-opiates-marijuana/section-iii-introduction-to-drugs-abuse-cocaine-opiat-3

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