Cholinergic and monoaminergic neuromediator systems in DAT. Neuropathological and neurochemical findings

  • G. Moll
  • W. Gsell
  • I. Wichart
  • K. Jellinger
  • P. Riederer
Part of the Key Topics in Brain Research book series (KEYTOPICS)


The patterns of cholinergic (activity of choline acetyltransferase) and monoaminergic (concentrations of noradrenaline, dopamine, homovanillic acid, serotonin and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid) neuromediator systems were studied in postmortem tissue of the cortical lobes in each seven cases of patients with dementia of Alzheimer type (DAT) and controls. The findings show severe degenerations of neurons and deficits of neurotransmitters in all neuromediator systems. These results suggest that a substitutional therapy of only one neuromediator deficiency will not be clinically effective.


Locus Coeruleus Basal Forebrain Nucleus Raphe Dorsalis Choline Acetyltransferase Senile Dementia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Moll
    • 3
  • W. Gsell
    • 1
  • I. Wichart
    • 2
  • K. Jellinger
    • 2
  • P. Riederer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical NeurochemistryUniversity of WürzburgFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical Neurobiology, Department of NeurologyLainz HospitalViennaAustria
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry, Division of Clinical NeurochemistryUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgFederal Republic of Germany

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