Gerd Jungkunz

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The 5'-flanking region of the human dopamine transporter (hDAT) was systematically screened for variants by single strand conformation analysis (SSCA) between -1586 and +97 basepair (bp) relative to the transcription start site. Five diallelic polymorphisms were found, which were shown to be due to single base substitutions: T-67A, G-660C, C-839T, C-1169G,(More)
The total cortical and striatal neurone and glial numbers were estimated in five cases of Huntington's disease (three males, two females) and five age-and sex-matched control cases. Serial 500-μm-thick gallocyanin-stained frontal sections through the left hemisphere were analysed using Cavalieri's principle for volume and the optical disector for cell(More)
Functional characterization studies revealed that transcriptional activity of the human monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) gene is modulated by a polymorphic repetitive sequence located approximately 1.2 kb upstream of the ATG codon. To investigate the possible influence of the allelic variants of the MAOA gene-linked polymorphic region (MAOA-LPR) on the genetic(More)
A possible dysregulation of dopaminergic neurotransmission has been implicated in the aetiology of schizophrenic psychoses, in particular of paranoid-hallucinatory states, and of the manic episodes of bipolar affective disorder. In the present study we analysed allelic and genotypic variations of a recently described functional deletion/insertion variant(More)
This study investigated the mechanisms which may underly the prolactin (PRL) stimulating effects of FK 33-824, a potent enkephalin analogue. FK 33-824 (1 mg) was infused in healthy volunteers before and after pretreatment with 3 mg methysergide, a serotonin receptor blocker. All subjects showed a release of PRL after FK 33-824, which was significantly(More)
This study investigates the role of endogenous opioids in the regulation of pain in humans. Two groups of healthy volunteers were subjected to different stress situations (cold pressor and arithmetic). In a double-blind design the changes in pain tolerance after stress were measured after an injection of either 0.8 mg naloxone or placebo. The cold pressor(More)
The antidepressant effect of amitriptyline was studied in 28 endogenous depressive patients. They received 150 mg amitriptyline once nightly in a sustained release form for 4 weeks. Blood samples were drawn 12 hrs. after medication. Amitriptyline concentrations were between 35--300 ng/ml Nortriptyline concentrations were between 20--330 ng/ml. No(More)
Eleven healthy volunteers were examined in a pharmacokinetic study. After oral administration of 50 mg amitriptylinoxide or 50 mg amitriptyline the plasma levels of amitriptylinoxide and its main metabolites amitriptyline and nortriptyline were investigated over 24 hours. The results indicate that amitriptylinoxide is more rapidly absorbed than(More)