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Effect of lithium therapy on inflammatory response


Chemiluminescence produced by normal cells was reduced in response to zymosan which was opsonized with serum from patients on prophylactic lithium therapy, compared to control serum from normal subjects (68±3.1 vs. 93±3.4 mV/5×105 cells). Preincubation of normal cells with serum from patients also resulted in reduced chemiluminescence activity when the cells were stimulated with autologous serum-coated zymosan (47±4.5 vs. 64±6.3 mV/5×105 cells). Spontaneous complement conversion was increased in the serum of patients on lithium therapy (46.3±3.8 vs. 25.3±2.5% conversion). These studies demonstrated that lithium, at safe therapeutic levels (0.4–0.9 mmol/liter), significantly altered complement conversion and had a marked affect on chemiluminescence activity by normal cells.

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O'Riordan, J.W., Kelleher, D., Williams, Y. et al. Effect of lithium therapy on inflammatory response. Inflammation 10, 49–57 (1986). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00916040

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  • Lithium
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  • Normal Cell