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The 5-HT uptake mechanism in human platelets was studied in undiluted platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The kinetic data obtained, which were based on 5-HT concentrations ranging from 0.17 to 1.7 mumol/l, were analyzed according to Lineweaver-Burk, Eadie-Hofstee, Scatchard and Sips. In undiluted PRP all the analyses revealed a strict linearity between 5-HT(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize on-the-road, behind-the-wheel driving abilities and related laboratory performances of subjects with mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular dementia. DESIGN Prospective, experimental study involving two mild dementia and three age and health control groups. Road test reliability and validity were assessed. SETTING Greater(More)
The serotonin uptake in platelets of 120 healthy volunteers and 64 endogenously depressed patients was investigated over a 2-year period. In healthy individuals, Km exhibited a significant seasonal rhythm during the bright half of the year. The seasonal rhythm of Vmax assumes the form of a sine curve, with nadir values at the vernal and autumn equinoxes and(More)
The uptake of 14C-dopamine (DA) by human platelets at 10(-7) -2.5 X 10(-4) M of labelled amine concentration was studied in human platelet-rich plasma. The total uptake could be resolved into two components, one of which was saturable and completely inhibited by 10(-5) imipramine and another which was unsaturable but temperature-dependent. The saturable(More)
In analogy with findings from animal experiments, people with low glutathione-peroxidase (GSH-Px) activity could be expected to have altered sensitivities to effects of drugs, chemicals and possibly food. We have investigated GSH-Px activity in 12 patients with intrinsic asthma and food and aspirin intolerance. Ten of the 12 patients had very low or low(More)
The study compares the decay of intracellular luminescence activity (Lmax), the levels of basal [Ca2+]i in resting platelets, and agonist-induced peak [Ca2+]i-signals in platelets loaded with aequorin using the EGTA-, DMSO- and hypoosmotic shock treatment (HOST)-techniques. The highest load of intracellular aequorin with almost unchanged luminescence(More)
The circadian rhythm of serotonin active transport in human platelets was investigated in ten healthy men, aged 27–35 years. Blood was collected at 08.00, 14.00, 20.00, 02.00 and 08.00 hours the next morning. Simultaneous evaluation of the mean platelet volume, platelet distribution width, platelet distribution skewness and platelet number in whole blood(More)
The accumulated data indicate that asthma is associated with reduced circulatory selenium (Se) status and lowered activity of the Se-dependent enzyme glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), which may have etiological implications, considering the important role of GSH-Px in the cellular elimination of hydroperoxides. The aim of the present double-blind study was(More)
Clinical and biochemical effects of two selective 5-HT uptake inhibitors, zimeldine and alaproclate, were studied in 24 hospitalized patients with endogenous depression. According to a randomized parallel group design 14 patients were treated with zimeldine and 10 with alaproclate. The dosage of both zimeldine and alaproclate was 200 mg daily. For the(More)