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Measurement of brain regional alpha-(11C)methyl-L-tryptophan trapping as a measure of serotonin synthesis in medication-free patients with major depression


, : Measurement of brain regional alpha-(11C)methyl-L-tryptophan trapping as a measure of serotonin synthesis in medication-free patients with major depression. Archives of General Psychiatry 61(6): 556-563

Context: The serotonin hypothesis of depression invokes a relative or absolute deficit of serotonin neurotransmission. Reduced synthesis of serotonin in the brain pathways mediating the expression of mood (ie, the limbic cortex) is a plausible candidate mechanism.

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