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Nicotine, the major addictive substance in cigarette smoke, contributes to smokers' higher risk of developing atherosclerosis, the primary cause of heart attacks.
When nerve cells communicate with one another, specialized receptor molecules on their surfaces play a central role in relaying signals between them.
Researchers have collaborated to generate new knowledge about an important part of the brainâ€™s complex communication system.
Using a high-resolution single-molecule study technique, University of Illinois researchers have seen the very subtle differences between two branches of an important family of neurotransmitter-gated ion channels.
Experts at the Scripps Research Institute campus in Florida have found a genetic mechanism that controls nicotine addiction in the brain--a discovery which could open the door for more effective smoking cessation aids.
When nicotine binds to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAchR), it is known to promote smoking addiction and may also directly promote the development of breast cancer.
Nicotine isn't just addictive, it may also interfere with dozens of cellular interactions in the body, U.S.
-A tiny genetic mutation is the key to understanding why nicotine--which binds to brain receptors with such addictive potency--is virtually powerless in muscle cells that are studded with the same type of receptor.
Scientists have identified a relationship between two proteins in the brain that has links to both nicotine addiction and autism.