Dopamine is metabolized by oxidative deamination catalyzed by monoamine oxidase, O-methylation catalyzed by catechol-O-methyltransferase, and sulfate conjugation catalyzed by phenol sulfotransferase. This study was performed to determine whether platelet monoamine oxidase, red blood cell catechol-O-methyltransferase and platelet phenol sulfotransferase enzymatic activities in patients with prolactinomas were quantitatively different from the same enzyme activities in blood samples from normal subjects. The mean enzyme activities in blood samples from 22 women with histologically proven prolactinomas were compared to the mean enzyme activities in blood samples from 32 normal women. The blood levels of these 3 enzymatic activities were not significantly different between the two groups (P > 0.4). If the regulation of these catecholaminemetabolizing enzyme activities in blood elements reflects the regulation of the enzymes in the hypothalamic-hypophyseal region, these results suggest that a defect in the regulation of dopamine-metabolizing enzymes is not associated with the pathogenesis of prolactinomas.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Biochemistry, medical