Studies on the serotonin transporter in platelets

Experientia. 1988 Feb 15;44(2):127-30. doi: 10.1007/BF01952194.


[3H]-Imipramine and [3H]-paroxetine label with high affinity a recognition site which is associated with the serotonergic transporter in blood platelets. The pharmacological profile of [3H]-imipramine and [3H]-paroxetine binding is highly correlated with the potency of drugs to inhibit the uptake of serotonin. Dissociation kinetic experiments suggest that the substrate recognition site for serotonin may be different from the modulatory site which is labeled with [3H]-imipramine or [3H]-paroxetine. The existence of an endocoid acting on the imipramine receptor to modulate the serotonin transporter has been proposed by several laboratories. In clinical studies most laboratories have reported a decrease in Bmax of [3H]-imipramine binding in platelets from depressed untreated patients when compared with matched healthy volunteers. The Bmax of [3H]-imipramine binding in platelets appears to be a state-dependent biological marker in depression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antidepressive Agents, Tricyclic / pharmacology
  • Binding Sites
  • Blood Platelets / metabolism*
  • Carrier Proteins / blood*
  • Humans
  • Imipramine / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Imipramine / metabolism
  • Paroxetine
  • Piperidines / metabolism
  • Serotonin Antagonists / pharmacology


  • Antidepressive Agents, Tricyclic
  • Carrier Proteins
  • Piperidines
  • Serotonin Antagonists
  • serotonin-binding protein
  • Paroxetine
  • Imipramine