α5 nicotinic receptors link smoking to schizophrenia

A new study shows that nicotinic receptors activate a particular type of interneuron in the prefrontal cortex. Deficits in this relationship give rise to behavioral abnormalities similar to those associated with schizophrenia, which can be ameliorated by nicotine.

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Figure 1: Linking brain circuits in schizophrenia and nicotine.

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Liu, X., Kenny, P. α5 nicotinic receptors link smoking to schizophrenia. Nat Med 23, 277–278 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nm.4300

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