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Biol Psychiatry. 1994 Jan 15;35(2):128-32.

Dopamine D2 receptors in depression measured with single photon emission computed tomography.

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Psychiatric Department, Academic Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium.


Psychobiological theories of mood disorders have been concerned mainly with noradrenaline and serotonin. There exists, however, a recent upsurge of interest in dopamine. We have used single photon emission computed tomography and 123I-iodobenzamide, a high-affinity ligand for D2 receptors, to study these receptors in depression. Subjects were 21 (unipolar) depressed inpatients and 11 normal controls. The mean basal ganglia/cerebellum uptake ratio was 1.94 (+/- 0.27) in the depressed patients versus 1.74 (+/- 0.17) in the controls. This difference was statistically significant (Mann-Whitney U test, p = 0.025). These data could indicate an increase of D2 receptor density in depression.

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