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Ecstasy Damages Brain Serotonin Neurons Presented by Michelle Dupre Biology Department Eastern Connecticut State University.

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1 Ecstasy Damages Brain Serotonin Neurons Presented by Michelle Dupre Biology Department Eastern Connecticut State University

2 Positron emission tomographic evidence of toxic effect of MDMA (Ecstasy) on brain serotonin neurons in human beings. Article written by: U.D McCann, Z. Szabo, U. Scheffel, R. F. Dannals, G. A. Ricaurte The Lancet :

3 What do we know about Ecstasy?

4 Transport of serotonin

5 Previous findings… Animals show losses in serotonin markers Doses parellel human doses Previous studies use cerebrospinal fluid

6 Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Detects status of neurons in the brain Attaches to face masks 11 C Labels serotonin transporter Neuroimaging technique

7 The Experiment Experimental group Control group PET scanning

8 What were they looking for? 1) Differences in serotonin transport sites. 2) The relationship between MDMA use and binding. 3) Overall brain activity

9 MDMA users have lower densities of 5-HT transporter sites. Direct relationship between MDMA use and decrease in 5-HT binding.

10 What does this all mean????

11 DEATH 16 years old 23 years old 18 years old

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