Striatal dopamine D2/D3 receptor availability in male smokers

Yen Kuang Yang, Wei Jen Yao, Joseph P. McEvoy, Ching Lin Chu, I. Hui Lee, Po See Chen, Tzung Lieh Yeh, Nan Tsing Chiu

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It has been reported that the activation of the nicotine receptor evokes central endogenous dopamine release. However, whether smoking affects striatal dopamine D2/D3 availability over the long run has not been well established in vivo. Fifteen male smokers and their matching controls were recruited. Striatal dopamine D2/D3 receptor availability was assessed by single photon emission computed tomography with [ 123]IBZM Iodo-benzaimide. There was no significant difference in striatal D2/D3 receptor availability between smokers and controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatry Research - Neuroimaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 30 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Smokers
  • Striatal dopamine D receptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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