The effects of co-administration of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("ecstasy") or para-methoxyamphetamine and moclobemide at elevated ambient temperatures on striatal 5-HT, body temperature and behavior in rats

Neuroscience. 2007 Apr 25;146(1):321-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2007.01.012. Epub 2007 Feb 15.


We have recently demonstrated that co-administration of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, "ecstasy") with the reversible monoamine oxidase type A (MAO-A) inhibitor moclobemide at an ambient temperature of 22 degrees C significantly increases striatal 5-HT outflow and 5-HT-mediated behaviors. In the present study, using microdialysis, we examined the effects of co-administration of MDMA or para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA) with moclobemide on striatal 5-HT outflow at the elevated ambient temperatures of 30 degrees C. Samples were collected every 30 min for 4 h and analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography assay with electrochemical detection (HPLC-ED). 5-HT-mediated effects on body temperature and behavior were also recorded. Rats were treated with either saline or 20 mg/kg (i.p.) moclobemide, followed by 10 mg/kg (i.p.) MDMA, 10 mg/kg (i.p.) PMA or saline 60 min later. Both MDMA and PMA produced significant increases in 5-HT outflow (370% peak and 309% peak, respectively, P<0.05). MDMA and PMA significantly increased body temperature (+2.0 degrees C and +2.1 degrees C, respectively, P<0.01) and drug-related behaviors (P<0.05). When MDMA or PMA was co-administered with moclobemide, additional significant increases were seen in 5-HT outflow (850% peak, P<0.01 and 1450% peak, P<0.001, respectively) and only MDMA showed additional significant increase in body temperature (+5.0 degrees C, P<0.001). No additional increases were seen in behavioral activity. When moclobemide was co-administered with MDMA, sustained increases in body temperature were recorded that were significantly higher than with MDMA alone and such increases were not observed in our previous study at normal room temperature. Our results suggest greater risk of MDMA-induced adverse effects on body temperature regulation, compared with PMA, when used in combination with moclobemide at elevated ambient temperatures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amphetamines / administration & dosage*
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Area Under Curve
  • Behavior, Animal / drug effects*
  • Body Temperature / drug effects*
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid / methods
  • Corpus Striatum / drug effects*
  • Drug Combinations
  • Hallucinogens / administration & dosage
  • Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid / metabolism
  • Male
  • Moclobemide / administration & dosage*
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors / administration & dosage*
  • N-Methyl-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine / administration & dosage
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Serotonin / metabolism*
  • Temperature
  • Time Factors


  • Amphetamines
  • Drug Combinations
  • Hallucinogens
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
  • Serotonin
  • Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid
  • N-Methyl-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine
  • 4-methoxyamphetamine
  • Moclobemide