Lithium alters the stereoselectivity of monoamine oxidase in rat brain

Abstract

The effects of lithium on monoamine oxidase (MAO) in rat brain were studied in the presence of each enantiomer of tranylcypromine [(+)- and (−)-TCP]. The (+)-enantiomer was 25 times more potent than its antipode as MAO inhibitor. Lithium enhanced the inhibitory effect of (−)-TCP on MAO, but it did not affect actions of the (+)-enantiomer. Moreover, lithium influenced the stereo selective index for MAO, which suggests that lithium altered conformational features of the enzyme.

DOI: 10.1007/BF01260505

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@article{Smith1989LithiumAT, title={Lithium alters the stereoselectivity of monoamine oxidase in rat brain}, author={D. Alastair Smith}, journal={Journal of Neural Transmission}, year={1989}, volume={76}, pages={205-210} }