Monoamine oxidase and Cortisol response in depression and schizophrenia

Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago.
Psychiatry Research (Impact Factor: 2.47). 11/1992; 44(1):1-8. DOI: 10.1016/0165-1781(92)90064-A
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The relationship between hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function and platelet monoamine oxidase (MAO) activity was examined in drug-free depressed (n = 32) and schizophrenic (n = 36) inpatients. HPA function was measured by determining plasma cortisol levels at 8:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. before, and 8:30 a.m., 4 p.m., and 11 p.m. after administration of 1 mg of dexamethasone (DEX). There was a significant correlation between platelet MAO activity and all post-DEX cortisol levels (8:30 a.m., 4 a.m., and 11 p.m.) in depressed patients, and MAO activity and pre-DEX cortisol levels (11 p.m.) in schizophrenic patients. MAO activity was significantly higher in depressed DST nonsuppressors than in suppressors, and there were more DST nonsuppressors in high-MAO groups as compared with low-MAO groups. Our results thus suggest a strong relationship between platelet MAO activity and HPA function in depressed patients. These biochemical markers are potentially useful in the identification of biochemically and clinically homogeneous subgroups of depressed patients.

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    • "The primary causes of depression include depletion of monoamines, like serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine by monoamine oxidase overactivation, oxidative stress and hyperactivity of HPA-axis. There was a strong relationship between MAO activity and the HPA axis function in depressed patients [28]. Stress has been observed to play an important role in the etiology of psychiatric disorders [9]. "
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    • "Oxidation of catecholamines such as dopamine and norepinephrine by monoamine oxidase (MAO) may result in increased radical burden (Herken et al., 2007). Controlled studies pointed that MAO enzyme activity increases in patients with major depression (Pandey et al., 1992), suggesting an association between monoamine oxidation and overproduction of "
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    • "In another study, it was suggested that patients with major depression, especially melancholic, were associated with elevated antioxidant enzyme levels and lipid peroxidation (Bilici et al. 2001). Controlled studies reveal elevated MAO activity in patients with major depression (Pandey et al. 1992). Therefore, this relationship may account for the efficacy of MAO inhibitors in depressive disorders. "
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