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Aguirre N, Galbete JL, Lasheras B, Del Rio J. 
“Methylenedioxymethamphetamine induces opposite changes in central pre- and postsynaptic 5-HT1A receptors in rats”. 
Eur J Pharmacol. 1995;281(1):101-5.
The present study examined the short- and long-term effects of single and repeated administration of 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA, 'ecstasy') on somatodendritic and postsynaptic 5-HT1A receptors of the rat brain. [3H]8-Hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin ([3H]8-OH-DPAT) was used to label 5-HT1A receptors in the brain stem region containing the dorsal raphe nucleus and in the frontal cortex. As expected, both schedules of treatment reduced the serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) content and [3H]paroxetine binding in the frontal cortex but not in the brain stem. Multiple but not single MDMA administration significantly reduced 5-HT1A receptor density in the selected brain stem region. In the frontal cortex, both MDMA treatments increased or tended to increase 5-HT1A receptor number, the effect being more marked after repeated drug administration.
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