Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Title:||HPA-AXIS HORMONES AND PROLACTIN RESPONSES TO DEXTRO-FENFLURAMINE IN DEPRESSED-PATIENTS AND HEALTHY CONTROLS||Authors:||Maes, Michael
|Issue Date:||1991||Publisher:||PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD||Source:||PROGRESS IN NEURO-PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY, 15(6). p. 781-790||Abstract:||1. Like other authors we have established disturbances in central serotonergic neurotransmission in severely depressed patients by implementing hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA)-axis hormones and prolactin responses to serotonin agonists or precursors. 2. Challenge probes with D,L fenfluramine have yielded controversial results. This substance, however, is not as serotonin-selective as previously believed. 3. Dextro(D)-fenfluramine, the dextrorotatory isomer of fenfluramine, constitutes a specific and potent serotonergic agonist. 4. In the present study the authors determined the following in healthy volunteers, and in depressed inpatients: the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), beta-endorphin, prolactin and cortisol responses to D-fenfluramine administration (45 mg orally), total L-tryptophan and the 8 a.m. postdexamethasone cortisol values. 5. We found no significant differences in any of the post-D-fenfluramine hormone levels across healthy controls, minor, simple major and melancholic depressives. There were no significant correlations between L-tryptophan or postdexamethasone cortisol on the one hand, and any of the post-D-fenfluramine hormone values on the other.||Notes:||PSYCHIAT CTR ST JOSEF,MUNSTERBILZEN,BELGIUM. UNIV DIEPENBEEK,DR WILLEMS INST,DIEPENBEEK,BELGIUM.||Keywords:||DEPRESSION; DEXAMETHASONE SUPPRESSION TEST; D-FENFLURAMINE; SEROTONERGIC PROBES; TRYPTOPHAN||Document URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/1942/3827||DOI:||10.1016/0278-5846(91)90007-N||ISI #:||A1991GN29700007||Type:||Journal Contribution|
|Appears in Collections:||Research publications|
Show full item record
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.