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Hashimoto K, Goromaru T. 
“Reduction of in vivo binding of [3H]paroxetine in mouse brain by 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine”. 
Neuropharmacology. 1990;29(7):633-9.
The effects of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) on the in vivo binding of [3H]paroxetine, a potent and selective 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT; serotonin) uptake inhibitor, in the brain of the mouse were studied. The distribution of radioactivity in the brain of the mouse, after intravenous administration of [3H]paroxetine, was significantly altered by pretreatment with MDMA (15 mg/kg, i.p., 3 hr before). The hypothalamus/cerebellum and cerebral cortex/cerebellum ratios, as a function of time, were significantly decreased after the pretreatment with MDMA, indicating that the in vivo binding of [3H]paroxetine to uptake sites for 5-HT in the brain of the mouse was significantly decreased by MDMA. These ratios could reflect those of the total binding, to the non-specific binding and free ligand, since the cerebellum has very low levels of binding for [3H]paroxetine. Furthermore, these ratios decreased after pretreatment with MDMA, in a dose-dependent manner. However, the binding of [3H]paroxetine to membranes from the brain of the mouse in vitro was not altered by treatment with MDMA. The discrepancy between the in vivo binding and in vitro binding of [3H]paroxetine in the brain of the mouse is discussed.
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