Topical Collection "Understanding the Impact of Dopamine Receptors Diversity in the Central Nervous System"

A topical collection in Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This collection belongs to the section "Cells of the Nervous System".

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Department of Cell Biology, University of Malaga, Instituto de Investigación Biomédica (IBIMA), 29076 Malaga, Spain
Interests: basal ganglia; drug addiction; Parkinson's disease; pain; G protein coupled receptor; dopaminergic system; receptor-receptor interaction

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Department of Human Physiology, University of Malaga, Instituto de Investigación Biomédica (IBIMA), 29076 Malaga, Spain
Interests: basal ganglia; Parkinson’s disease; dopaminergic system; receptor-receptor interaction; neuropeptides; impulse control disorders; mood disorders

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

The neurotransmitter dopamine interacts with five types of dopamine receptors (D1R–D5R) to regulate a great variety of functions in the brain, including learning, motivation, and movement. These dopamine receptors belong to the superfamily of G protein-coupled receptors and have been classified in two families (D1-like and D2-like) according to their pharmacological and biochemical properties. Dysfunction of dopamine neurotransmission and its receptors leads to several neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, addiction, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Since the cloning of the dopamine receptors in the 1990s, numerous studies have been conducted to elucidate the specific function of each of them. In addition, research on dopamine receptors has also focused on their ability to form homo- and heteroreceptor complexes, which significantly increase the variety and complexity of the integrative mechanisms of dopamine signal.

The aim of this Topical Collection is to compile research and review articles studying the molecular biology, pharmacology, and function of dopamine receptors, especially those less studied, i.e., D3R, D4R, and D5R. Articles on other important aspects of dopamine homo- and heteroreceptor complexes relevant to both health and neurological disorders are also welcome.

Dr. Alicia Rivera
Dr. Belén Gago
Collection Editors

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  • Dopamine
  • dopamine receptors
  • dopamine heteroreceptor complexes
  • Parkinson’s disease, addiction, dopaminergic disease
  • basal ganglia, limbic circuit
  • learning
  • neuroplasticity

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