An assay to measure the simultaneous uptake of [3H]dopamine and [14C]serotonin by the human platelet reveals an imipramine-insensitive [3H]dopamine uptake mechanism

Brian Dean, David L. Copolov

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To determine whether a specific dopamine uptake mechanism is present on the human platelet the simultaneous uptake of [3H]dopamine and [14C]serotonin by platelets was measured. Utilising a dual radiolabel uptake technique, platelets have been shown to take up serotonin more rapidly and to a greater extent than they take up dopamine. Furthermore, at high concentrations serotonin was able to reduce dopamine uptake by platelets by 60% whereas dopamine had no effect on serotonin uptake. Similarly, imipramine and reserpine reduced (97% and 74% respectively) serotonin uptake by platelets in a dose-dependent manner, but did not affect the uptake of dopamine. Our data show that platelets take up dopamine by a mechanism independent of the imipramine-sensitive serotonin uptake mechanism. Furthermore, the increased capacity of platelets to store serotonin is because serotonin, unlike dopamine, is transported into the dense granules of the platelet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-347
Number of pages7
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

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