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Biol Psychiatry. 2000 Jun 15;47(12):1015-24.

The serotonin transporter in the midbrain of suicide victims with major depression.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, OH, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The involvement of serotonin in depression and suicide has been proposed, because major depression is successfully treated by medications that specifically block the serotonin transporter, and there is evidence for a decrease in serotonin transporters in major depression and suicide. The midbrain dorsal raphe nucleus (DR) has been implicated as a site for diminished serotonergic activity in that suicide victims with major depression have a significant increase in serotonin-1A autoreceptors in the DR.

METHODS:

[(3)H]Paroxetine was used to label the serotonin transporter in the subnuclei of the DR at several rostral-to-caudal levels of the midbrain in ten pairs of suicide victims with major depression and age-matched psychiatrically normal control subjects.

RESULTS:

There was a significant increase in serotonin transporters in the entire DR progressing from rostral-to-caudal levels in both normal control subjects and suicide victims with major depression. At comparable rostral-to-caudal levels, there were no significant differences in [(3)H]paroxetine binding between depressed suicide victims and normal control subjects in either the entire DR or its constituent subnuclei.

CONCLUSIONS:

The pathophysiology of serotonin mechanisms in suicide victims with major depression does not appear to involve alterations in the binding of [(3)H]paroxetine to the serotonin transporter in the midbrain DR.

PMID:
10862800
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