Antonello Bonci MD

Adjunct Professor in Neuroscience

Kourrich S, Hayashi T, Tsai SY, Harvey B, Su TP, and Bonci A. (2013) Dynamic  Interaction between Sigma-1 Receptor and Kv1.2 Shapes Neuronal and Behavioral Responses to Cocaine. Cell, 152(1-2):236-47. [pdf]

Britt JP, Benaliouad F, McDevitt G, Stuber GD, Wise RA and Bonci A. (2013) Synaptic and Behavioral Profile of Multiple Glutamatergic Inputs to the Nucleus Accumbens. Neuron, 76(4):790-803. [pdf]

Chen BT, Yau HJ, Hatch C, Kusumoto-Yoshida I, Cho SL, Hopf FW, Bonci A.  Rescuing cocaine-induced prefrontal cortex hypoactivity prevents compulsive cocaine seeking.  Nature Volume: 496, Pages: 359–362 Date published: (18 April 2013) DOI: doi:10.1038/nature12024

G. D. Stuber, T. S. Hnasko, J. P. Britt, R. H. Edwards, and A. Bonci. (2010) Dopaminergic terminals in the nucleus accumbens but not the dorsal striatum co-release glutamate. J. Neuroscience. 30 (24): 8229-33.

F.W. Hopf and A. Bonci. (2010)  Dnmt3a: Addiction’s molecular forget-me-not? Nature Neuroscience. 13(9): 1041-43.


M. S. Bowers, B. T. Chen, and A. Bonci. (2010) AMPA receptor synaptic plasticity induced by psychostimulants: the past, present and therapeutic future. Neuron. 67(1): 11-24.

K. M. Tye, L. Tye, J. J. Cone, P. H. Janak and A. Bonci. (2010) Methylphenidate (Ritalin®) facilitates learning-induced amygdala plasticity. Nature Neuroscience. 13(4):475-81.

W. Hopf, M. S. Bowers, B. T. Chen, M. Martin, A. Guillory, M. Mohamedi, S.J. Chang, S. Cho, and A. Bonci. (2010) Reduced nucleus accumbens SK channel activity enhances motivation for alcohol during abstinence. Neuron. 65(5):682-94.

H.C. Tsai, F. Zhang, A. Adamantidis, G.D. Stuber, A. Bonci, L. de Lecea and K. Deisseroth. (2009)  Phasic firing in dopaminergic neurons is sufficient for behavioral conditioning. Science. 324(5930): 1080-4.

G.D. Stuber, M. Klanker, B. de Ridder, M. S. Bowers, R. N. Joosten, M. G. Feenstra and A. Bonci. (2008)  Reward predictive cues enhance excitatory synaptic strength onto midbrain dopamine neurons. Science. 19; 321(5896): 1690-2.

M. S. Bowers, F. W. Hopf, J. K. Chou, A. M. Guillory, S.J. Chang, P. H. Janak, A. Bonci* and I. Diamond.  (2008) Increased of expression of AGS3 in the Nucleus accumbens drives ethanol seeking through Gbg. PNAS. 26; 105(34): 12533-8. * corresponding author.

L. S. Zweifel, E. Argilli, A. Bonci, and R. D. Palmiter. (2008) Role of NMDAR-Dependent Plasticity in Dopamine Neurons for Addictive Behaviors. Neuron. 14; 59(3): 486-96.

Chen, M. Martin, M. S. Bowers, F. W. Hopf and A. Bonci. (2008) Persistent LTP in the VTA after cocaine self-administration.Neuron. 59(2): 288-97.

K. Tye, G. Stuber, A. Bonci, and P. H. Janak. (2008)  Amygdala activity and synaptic strength predict reward learning performance. Nature. 26; 453(7199): 1253-7.

 M. Martin, B. T. Chen, F. H. Hopf and A. Bonci. (2006) Cocaine self-administration selectively abolishes LTD in the Core but not in the Shell of the nucleus accumbens. Nature Neuroscience. 9(7): 868-9.

A. Bonci and V. Singh. (2006) Dopamine dysregulation syndrome in Parkinson's disease patients: From reward to penalty.Annals of Neurology. 21;59(5): 733-734.

S. Borgland, S. Taha, H. L. Fields and A Bonci. (2006)  Orexin A is critical for plasticity and behavioral sensitization to cocaine. Neuron, 49(4): 589-601. (highlighted as a Preview in Neuron).

A. Bonci and F. W. Hopf. (2005) The Dopamine D2 Receptor: New Surprises from an Old Friend. Neuron. 47(3): 335-338.

D. S. Choi, M. G. Cascini, W. Mailliard, H. Young, P. Paredes, T. McMahon, I. Diamond, A. Bonci, and R. O. Messing. (2004) The type 1 equilibrative nucleoside transporter regulates ethanol intoxication and preference. Nature Neuroscience. 7(8): 855-61.

A. G. Davies, J. T. Pierce-Shimomura, H. Kim, T. R. Thiele, A. Bonci, C. Bargmann and S. L. McIntire. (2003) Behavioral responses to ethanol are mediated by a BK potassium channel in C. Elegans. Cell. 12; 115(6): 655-66.

M. Ungless, V. Singh, T. Crowder, R. Yaka, D. Ron and A. Bonci. (2003) Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) requires CRF-binding protein to potentiate NMDA receptors via CRF receptor 2. Neuron. 39(3): 401-7. (highlighted as a Preview inNeuron).

A. Bonci, G. Bernardi, P. Grillner and N. B. Mercuri. (2003) The dopaminergic neuron: Maestro or simple musician in the orchestra of addiction? Trends Pharmacol. Sci. 24(4): 172-7.

D. Saal, Y. Dong, A. Bonci and R. C. Malenka. (2003) Drugs of abuse and stress trigger a common synaptic adaptation in dopamine neurons. Neuron. 20; 37(4): 577-82.

R. Yaka, A. Vagts, A. Bonci and D. Ron. (2002) NMDA receptor function is regulated by the inhibitory scaffolding protein RACK1. PNAS. 99-8: 5710-5715.

M. Thomas, C. Beurrier, A. Bonci, and R. C. Malenka. (2001)  Long-term depression in the nucleus accumbens: a neural correlate of behavioral sensitization to cocaine. Nature Neuroscience. 4: (12) 1217-23.

M. Ungless, J. L. Whistler, R. C. Malenka and A. Bonci. (2001) Single cocaine exposure in vivo induces long-term potentiation in dopamine neurons. Nature. 31;411(6837):583-7.