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9: Increased cAMP produced in post-synaptic cell

Increased cAMP produced in post-synaptic cell

In a closer view, again, show how this affects the function of the post-synaptic cell. Since there is more dopamine released, there is increased activation of dopamine receptors, similar to the effect of cocaine. This causes increased production of cAMP inside the post-synaptic cell, which alters the normal activity of the neuron.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (2007). 9: 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-8

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