α2-Adrenoceptor responsivity in depression: effect of chronic treatment with moclobemide, a selective MAO-A-inhibitor, versus maprotiline

  • K. P. Lesch
  • G. Laux
  • T. Mueller
Conference paper
Part of the Journal of Neural Transmission book series (NEURAL SUPPL, volume 32)


The effect of chronic treatment with the selective and reversible MAO-A-inhibitor moclobemide (MOC) vs. the norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor maprotiline (MAP) on α2-adrenoceptor responsivity was studied by clonidine (CLON)-evoked growth hormone (GH) release in major depressive disorder. Compared to matched controls the depressed patients showed attenuated CLON-induced GH responses before treatment with MOC or MAP. Chronic treatment with both MOC and MAP significantly improved the depressive symptomatology. Although a trend toward increased GH responses to CLON was demonstrated after treatment in both groups, neither MOC nor MAP had a complete effect on restoration of α2-adrenoceptor responsivity. No difference in insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) plasma concentrations before and after treatment with MOC or MAP was found. Our results support the view that antidepressants with different mechanisms of action may be capable of restoring α2-adrenoceptor function during recovery from a major depressive episode.


Growth Hormone Depressed Patient Major Depressive Disorder Depressive Symptomatology Growth Hormone Response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. P. Lesch
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Laux
    • 1
  • T. Mueller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of WürzburgFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Laboratory of Clinical Science NIMHNIH Clinical CenterBethesdaUSA

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