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Life Sci. 1985 Oct 7;37(14):1279-86.

Correlations between aminergic metabolites simultaneously obtained from human CSF and brain.


Brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of homovanillic acid (HVA) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) were simultaneously measured in 48 individuals at autopsy. Concentrations of 5-HIAA and HVA in the cerebral cortex were positively correlated with their levels in the CSF for the same individual. Additionally a positive correlation was observed between postmortem CSF levels of 5-HIAA and HVA and a significant concentration gradient for both metabolites was observed in serial fractions of CSF. These findings suggest that determinations of 5-HIAA and HVA in CSF from living individuals may reflect brain metabolite levels as well as the functional activity of these specific neuronal systems.

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