Human platelet 5-HT2 receptor binding sites re-evaluated: a criticism of current techniques [corrected]

J Neural Transm Gen Sect. 1993;92(1):11-24. doi: 10.1007/BF01245158.


The human platelet 5-HT2 receptor may resemble a peripheral model of central 5-HT2 binding sites and has been linked to changes in 5-HT2 receptor function in depression. Therefore, evaluation of the human platelet 5-HT2 binding characteristics is important. Comparing [3H]ketanserin and [3H]LSD as ligands clearly indicated [3H]LSD as ligand of choice for binding studies dealing with the human platelet 5-HT2 receptor. [3H]LSD binding was specific, saturable, and depended upon incubation time, protein concentration and previous handling of tissue, i.e., use of fresh or frozen tissue. In contrast, studies with [3H]ketanserin were unsatisfactory. Although mean receptor densities and affinities have been relatively constant between individuals and over time in healthy subjects with [3H]LSD, examination of the individual data showed considerable variations within single subjects. Thus, KD ranged between 0.50 and 0.68 nM, and Bmax was in the range of 64.9 to 97.1 fmol/mg protein in healthy individual subjects. Therefore, we recommend [3H]LSD as ligand of choice to study platelet 5-HT2 receptor binding in humans. Furthermore, repeated measurement of individual data over time should be interpreted cautiously, especially when data from depressed patients are under examination.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Platelets / metabolism*
  • Blood Proteins / metabolism
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Ketanserin / blood
  • Ligands
  • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide / blood
  • Male
  • Receptors, Serotonin / metabolism*


  • Blood Proteins
  • Ligands
  • Receptors, Serotonin
  • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
  • Ketanserin