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Erythrocyte membrane cation carrier in depressive illness1

  • G. J. Naylor (a1), D. A. T. Dick (a1), E. G. Dick (a1), D. Le Poidevin (a1) and S. F. Whyte (a1)
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Erythrocyte sodium concentration, potassium concentration, Na-K ATPase activity, and ouabain sensitive potassium influx were determined in female inpatients suffering from a depressive illness. In most patients the biochemical values were also determined shortly before the patient's discharge from hospital. The Na-K ATPase and the ouabain sensitive potassium influx increased significantly with improvement in the depressive mood rating.

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2 Address for correspondence: Dr. G. J. Naylor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN.
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These studies were supported by a grant to G.J.N. and D.A.T.D. by the Scottish Hospitals Endowment Research Trust.

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