Year: 2002 Source: European Neuropsychopharmacology, v.12, no.2, (April 2002), p.153-158 SIEC No: 20020497

Altered immunological functions & changes in the monoaminergic neurotransmitter systems are 2 important observations made previously in the study of possible etiological & pathophysiological factors for psychiatric disorders. In search of tentative autoimmune mechanisms involved in these disorders we studied the presence of IgG with affinity for the monoamine dopamine in CSF using ELISA. In CSF from 49 suicide attempters the titer of DA-IgG was significantly higher than in CSF obtained from control subjects undergoing neurological investigation. The results in the present study indicate that an autoimmune mechanism may be involved in the dopaminergic neurotransmitter system & may be of pathophysiological importance in psychiatric disorders connected to an attempt of suicide. (33 refs)