A closer look at amphetamine-induced reverse transport and trafficking of the dopamine and norepinephrine transporters

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  • Amphetamine (AMPH) and its derivatives are regularly used in the treatment of a wide array of disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obesity, traumatic brain injury, and narcolepsy (Prog Neurobiol 75:406-433, 2005; J Am Med Assoc 105:2051-2054, 1935; J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 41:514-521, 2002; Neuron 43:261-269, 2004; Annu Rev Pharmacol Toxicol 47:681-698, 2007; Drugs Aging 21:67-79, 2004). Despite the important medicinal role for AMPH, it is more widely known for its psychostimulant and addictive properties as a drug of abuse. The primary molecular targets of AMPH are both the vesicular monoamine transporters (VMATs) and plasma membrane monoamine-dopamine (DA), norepinephrine (NE), and serotonin (5-HT)-transporters. The rewarding and addicting properties of AMPH rely on its ability to act as a substrate for these transporters and ultimately increase extracellular levels of monoamines. AMPH achieves this elevation in extracellular levels of neurotransmitter by inducing synaptic vesicle depletion, which increases intracellular monoamine levels, and also by promoting reverse transport (efflux) through plasma membrane monoamine transporters (J Biol Chem 237:2311-2317, 1962; Med Exp Int J Exp Med 6:47-53, 1962; Neuron 19:1271-1283, 1997; J Physiol 144:314-336, 1958; J Neurosci 18:1979-1986, 1998; Science 237:1219-1223, 1987; J Neurosc 15:4102-4108, 1995). This review will focus on two important aspects of AMPH-induced regulation of the plasma membrane monoamine transporters- transporter mediated monoamine efflux and transporter trafficking. © 2009 Humana Press Inc.
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  • 15625155
  • Author List

  • Robertson SD; Matthies HJG; Galli A
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  • 73
  • End Page

  • 80
  • Volume

  • 39
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  • 2