Nicotine Changes How Nicotinic Receptors Are Grouped on Brain Cells

Nicotine — the primary compound found within tobacco smoke — is known to change the grouping of some subtypes of nicotine receptors, but the mechanisms for nicotine addiction remain unclear. This inspired a group of University of Kentucky researchers to explore the role nicotine plays in the assembly of nicotine receptors within the brain. During the Biophysical Society meeting, Feb. 11-15, 2017, Faruk Moonschi will present the group’s work, which centers on a fluorescence-based “single molecule” technique they developed.

from Newswise Feature Channel: Addiction


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