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Effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, 'Ecstasy') and para-methoxyamphetamine on striatal 5-HT when co-administered with moclobemide.
Brain Res 2005; 1041(1):48-55BR

Abstract

3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, "ecstasy") and para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA) are commonly used recreational drugs. PMA, often mistaken for MDMA, is reported to be more toxic in human use than MDMA. Both of these drugs have been shown to facilitate the release and prevent the reuptake of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT, serotonin). PMA is also a potent inhibitor of monoamine oxidase type A (MAO-A), an enzyme responsible for the catabolism of 5-HT, and this characteristic may contribute to its increased toxicity. In humans, co-administration of MDMA with the reversible MAO-A inhibitor moclobemide has led to increased apparent toxicity with ensuing fatalities. In the present study, using microdialysis, we examined the effects of co-administration of MDMA and PMA with moclobemide on extracellular concentrations of 5-HT and 5-hydroxy indol acetic acid (5-HIAA) in the striatum of the rat. 5-HT-mediated effects on body temperature and behavior were also recorded. Rats were pretreated with saline or 20 mg/kg (i.p.) moclobemide and 60 min later injected with 10 mg/kg MDMA, PMA, or saline. Dialysate samples were collected every 30 min for 5 h and analyzed by HPLC-ED. Both MDMA and PMA produced significant increases in extracellular 5-HT concentrations (590% and 360%, respectively, P < 0.05). Rats treated with PMA and MDMA displayed significantly increased 5-HT-related behaviors (P < 0.05). Furthermore, only MDMA was capable of producing additional significant increases in 5-HT concentrations (980%, P < 0.05) when co-administered with moclobemide. These data suggest that co-administration of MDMA with moclobemide increases extracellular 5-HT and 5-HT-mediated behaviors and may cause increased 5-HT related toxicity similar to that reported with PMA.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology, Medical School North, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia 5005, Australia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15804499

Citation

Freezer, Alexander, et al. "Effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, 'Ecstasy') and Para-methoxyamphetamine On Striatal 5-HT when Co-administered With Moclobemide." Brain Research, vol. 1041, no. 1, 2005, pp. 48-55.
Freezer A, Salem A, Irvine RJ. Effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, 'Ecstasy') and para-methoxyamphetamine on striatal 5-HT when co-administered with moclobemide. Brain Res. 2005;1041(1):48-55.
Freezer, A., Salem, A., & Irvine, R. J. (2005). Effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, 'Ecstasy') and para-methoxyamphetamine on striatal 5-HT when co-administered with moclobemide. Brain Research, 1041(1), pp. 48-55.
Freezer A, Salem A, Irvine RJ. Effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, 'Ecstasy') and Para-methoxyamphetamine On Striatal 5-HT when Co-administered With Moclobemide. Brain Res. 2005 Apr 11;1041(1):48-55. PubMed PMID: 15804499.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, 'Ecstasy') and para-methoxyamphetamine on striatal 5-HT when co-administered with moclobemide. AU - Freezer,Alexander, AU - Salem,Abdallah, AU - Irvine,Rodney J, PY - 2004/12/13/received PY - 2005/01/26/revised PY - 2005/01/27/accepted PY - 2005/4/5/pubmed PY - 2005/9/13/medline PY - 2005/4/5/entrez SP - 48 EP - 55 JF - Brain research JO - Brain Res. VL - 1041 IS - 1 N2 - 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, "ecstasy") and para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA) are commonly used recreational drugs. PMA, often mistaken for MDMA, is reported to be more toxic in human use than MDMA. Both of these drugs have been shown to facilitate the release and prevent the reuptake of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT, serotonin). PMA is also a potent inhibitor of monoamine oxidase type A (MAO-A), an enzyme responsible for the catabolism of 5-HT, and this characteristic may contribute to its increased toxicity. In humans, co-administration of MDMA with the reversible MAO-A inhibitor moclobemide has led to increased apparent toxicity with ensuing fatalities. In the present study, using microdialysis, we examined the effects of co-administration of MDMA and PMA with moclobemide on extracellular concentrations of 5-HT and 5-hydroxy indol acetic acid (5-HIAA) in the striatum of the rat. 5-HT-mediated effects on body temperature and behavior were also recorded. Rats were pretreated with saline or 20 mg/kg (i.p.) moclobemide and 60 min later injected with 10 mg/kg MDMA, PMA, or saline. Dialysate samples were collected every 30 min for 5 h and analyzed by HPLC-ED. Both MDMA and PMA produced significant increases in extracellular 5-HT concentrations (590% and 360%, respectively, P < 0.05). Rats treated with PMA and MDMA displayed significantly increased 5-HT-related behaviors (P < 0.05). Furthermore, only MDMA was capable of producing additional significant increases in 5-HT concentrations (980%, P < 0.05) when co-administered with moclobemide. These data suggest that co-administration of MDMA with moclobemide increases extracellular 5-HT and 5-HT-mediated behaviors and may cause increased 5-HT related toxicity similar to that reported with PMA. SN - 0006-8993 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15804499/Effects_of_34_methylenedioxymethamphetamine__MDMA_'Ecstasy'__and_para_methoxyamphetamine_on_striatal_5_HT_when_co_administered_with_moclobemide_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0006-8993(05)00196-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -