The number of beta adrenergic binding sites (Bmax) in human lymphocyte membranes has been reported to decrease, remain the same, or increase with age. In order to address this issue, we used two highly specific beta receptor ligands with lymphocytes from healthy aged (range: 51-90 years) and young (19-39 years) subjects in two separate studies. Because depression can reduce Bmax, potential aged subjects were excluded if they had high scores on tests for depression. Bmax was higher in the aged group of each study (33% higher in the first, p < .01, and 72.5% in the second, p < .02); the results were similar in both studies. Antagonist affinity did not differ between young and aged groups in either study. We suggest that some of the discrepancies in the literature could be due to differences in age ranges used or to inclusion of depressed subjects in prior studies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journals of Gerontology|
|State||Published - 1991|
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