We use optical approaches to investigate receptor signaling in neural circuits controlling motivation and salience.

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History-dependent dopamine release increases cAMP levels in most basal amygdala glutamatergic neurons to control learning.
Lutas A, Fernando K, Zhang SX, Sambangi A, Andermann ML.
Cell Rep (2022 Jan 25) 38:110297. Abstract/Full Text
Hypothalamic dopamine neurons motivate mating through persistent cAMP signalling.
Zhang SX, Lutas A, Yang S, Diaz A, Fluhr H, Nagel G, Gao S, Andermann ML.
Nature (2021 Sep) 597:245-249. Abstract/Full Text
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