Is platelet imipramine binding reduced in depression? A meta-analysis
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Although it has been suggested that decreased platelet imipramine binding may be a putative biological marker of depressive illness, a number of studies have not confirmed this finding, including a recent multicenter investigation by the World Health Organization (Mellerup and Langer 1990). We performed a meta-analysis of published reports on imipramine binding in groups of depressed and healthy control subjects and found that there was a highly significant decrease in Bmax (maximal binding) values in the depressed subject groups, which was even greater among those who had been free of medication for 4 weeks at the time of investigation. This finding remained highly significant even when only high affinity binding studies (Kd < 1 nmol/L) were considered, although the absolute size of this decrease was smaller.
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