Inhibition of plasma membrane monoamine
transporters by beta-ketoamphetamines

Cozzi NV, Sievert MK, Shulgin AT, Jacob P 3rd, Ruoho AE.
Department of Pharmacology,
East Carolina University School of Medicine,
Greenville, NC 27858, USA.
Eur J Pharmacol. 1999 Sep 17;381(1):63-9.


Methcathinone and methylone, the beta-ketone analogues of methamphetamine and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), respectively, were tested for neurotransmitter uptake inhibition in vitro. The beta-ketones were threefold less potent than the nonketo drugs at inhibiting platelet serotonin accumulation, with IC(50)'s of 34.6+/-4.8 microM and 5.8+/-0.7 microM, respectively. Methcathinone and methylone were similar in potency to methamphetamine and MDMA at catecholamine transporters individually expressed in transfected glial cells. For dopamine uptake, IC(50)'s were 0.36+/-0.06 microM and 0.82+/-0.17 microM, respectively; for noradrenaline uptake, IC(50) values were 0.51+/-0.10 microM and 1. 2+/-0.1 microM, respectively. In chromaffin granules, IC(50)'s for serotonin accumulation were 112+/-8.0 microM for methcathinone and 166+/-12 microM for methylone, 10-fold higher than the respective values for methamphetamine and MDMA. Our results indicate that methcathinone and methylone potently inhibit plasma membrane catecholamine transporters but only weakly inhibit the vesicle transporter.

Alexander Shulgin
Methylone: structure
Methylone: metabolism
Methylone and serotonin
Methylone and the catecholamines
Does TFMPP + BZP mimic MDMA (Ecstasy)?
Methylone and monoamine neurotransmission

and further reading

Future Opioids
BLTC Research
Utopian Surgery?
The Abolitionist Project
The Hedonistic Imperative
The Reproductive Revolution
Critique of Huxley's Brave New World

The Good Drug Guide
The Good Drug Guide

The Responsible Parent's Guide
To Healthy Mood Boosters For All The Family