Neurochemical Research

, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp 591–599

The uptake of serotonin and dopamine by homogenates of frozen rat and human brain tissue


  • Anders Stenström
    • Department of PharmacologyUniversity of Umeå
  • Lars Oreland
    • Department of PharmacologyUniversity of Gothenburg
  • John Hardy
    • Department of PathologyUniversity of Umeå
  • Per Wester
    • Department of PathologyUniversity of Umeå
  • Bengt Winblad
    • Department of PathologyUniversity of Umeå
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF00964398

Cite this article as:
Stenström, A., Oreland, L., Hardy, J. et al. Neurochem Res (1985) 10: 591. doi:10.1007/BF00964398


A recently described procedure of freezing and thawing, which allows retention of metabolic and functional integrity, has been applied in the study of serotonin and dopamine uptake into frozen rat and post mortem human frozen tissue. TheKm andVmax for the serotonin uptake into human hypothalamus were estimated to be 0.12 μM and 0.03 nmol/g/min respectively. TheKm andVmax for the dopamine uptake into human putamen were estimated to be 0.28 μM and 0.13 nmol/g/min respectively. The results indicate that the freezing procedure does not affect the uptake sites for these transmitters. The storage time before freezing is however of importance for theVmax value. TheKm value for the uptake, on the other hand, seems to be rather resistant to storage time before freezing.

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