PLATELET SEROTONIN UPTAKE AND H-3-IMIPRAMINE BINDING IN PANIC DISORDER
TR NORMAN, DM SARTOR, FK JUDD, GD BURROWS, MS GREGORY, IM MCINTYRE
JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1989
Platelet serotonin uptake and 3H-imipramine binding were measured in eight patients with panic disorders and nine controls. The Vmax of serotonin uptake was significantly elevated in patients compared to controls (77 +/- 14 vs. 50 +/- 4 pmol/10(8) platelets/min; P less than 0.05) while Km values were not different (1.46 +/- 0.41 vs. 1.24 +/- 0.20 microM). 3H-Imipramine binding to ruptured platelet membranes was not significantly different between patients and controls for either Bmax (395 +/- 71 vs. 412 +/- 107 fmol/mg protein) or Kd (0.90 +/- 0.18 vs. 1.09 +/- 0.30 nM). The implications for a serotonergic dysfunction in panic disorders are discussed.