This study investigates the role of basolateral amygdala (BLA) dopamine in heroin-induced conditioned immunomodulation. Animals underwent conditioning in which heroin administration was repeatedly paired with placement into a conditioning chamber. Six days after the final conditioning session animals were returned to the chamber and received intra-BLA microinfusions of dopamine, D1 or D2, antagonist. Antagonism of D1, but not D2, receptors within the BLA blocked the suppressive effect of heroin-associated environmental stimuli on iNOS, TNF-α and IL-1β. This study is the first to demonstrate that the expression of heroin's conditioned effects on proinflammatory mediators require dopamine D1 receptors within the BLA.
Szczytkowski-Thomson, Jennifer L. and Lysle, Donald, "Dopamine D1 receptors within the basolateral amygdala mediate heroin-induced conditioned immunomodulation" (2010). Psychology Educator Scholarship. 33.