The locus coeruleus in schizophrenia: a postmortem study of noradrenergic neurones.
Despite evidence for an abnormality of noradrenergic function in schizophrenia, it remains unclear whether the number of noradrenergic neurones is normal in patients with the disorder. In postmortem, formalin-fixed tissue from 15 schizophrenic patients and 18 controls matched for age and gender, we made estimates of the number and size of tyrosine-hydroxylase-immunoreactive cells in the locus coeruleus (LC). No significant difference was detected between these groups in the cross-sectional ar...Expand abstract
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