Brian S Lunn

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OBJECTIVE The study assessed the effects on global cognitive function and mood of a reduction of brain serotonin by means of acute tryptophan depletion in 16 patients with dementia of the Alzheimer type and in 16 cognitively intact comparison subjects. METHOD In a double-blind, crossover design, subjects received a tryptophan-free amino acid drink to(More)
BACKGROUND The cholinergic system is profoundly impaired in senile dementia of Alzheimer type (SDAT) and replacement therapy produces only modest clinical benefits. The serotonergic system is also impaired and may contribute both to cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms in SDAT. To investigate this further we assessed the effects of lowering brain serotonin(More)
5-Hydroxytryptamine1A (5-HT1A) receptors have been shown to be suppressed by corticosteroid hormones in a variety of animal experimental paradigms. It has been suggested that this effect may be central to the pathophysiology of severe clinical depressive illness, a condition in which 5-HT1A receptor function is reduced and corticosteroid hormones are(More)
RATIONALE 5-Hydroxytryptamine(1A) (5-HT(1A)) receptor function has been shown to be attenuated by corticosteroid hormones in a variety of animal experimental paradigms. It has been suggested that this effect may be central to the pathophysiology of severe depressive illness in humans, a condition in which 5-HT(1A) receptor function is reduced and(More)
RATIONALE Abnormalities of cortical evoked potentials and background electroencephalographic (EEG) frequencies occur in several psychiatric disorders, some of which, especially depression, are associated with hypercortisolaemia. However, there have been few investigations of the effects of exogenously administered cortisol on waking EEG measures. (More)
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