Studies on neurochemical heterogeneity in healthy parents of schizophrenic patients

J Wei, H M Xu, G P Hemmings

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Serum homovanillic acid (HVA), norepinephrine (NE), phenylalanine (Phe) and tyrosine (Tyr) have been examined in 80 healthy parents of schizophrenic patients and 26 normal control subject. Analysis of variance revealed a significant difference in serum HVA concentration among the three groups: the parents whose ill offspring became fairly well after neuroleptic treatment for more than three months (n = 33), those whose offspring were still actively ill after neuroleptic treatment (n = 33), and normal control subjects (F = 3.98, df = 2, 89, p 0.05). There was a significant difference between the serum NE concentrations of the parents of female patients (515 +/- 224 pg/ml, n = 21) and those of male patients (401 +/- 186 pg/ml, n = 55, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-8
Number of pages6
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1993


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antipsychotic Agents
  • Female
  • Homovanillic Acid
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Norepinephrine
  • Phenotype
  • Phenylalanine
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophrenic Psychology
  • Sex Factors
  • Tyrosine


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