Levels of the melatonin metabolite, 6-hydroxymelatonin sulfate, were measured in overnight urine from 31 prepubertal children with major depressive disorder and 15 normal control children with very low family loading for affective disorder. The two groups did not differ with regard to their nocturnal excretion of this compound, nor was depressive subgroup identified whose 6-hydroxymelatonin sulfate excretion differed from that of the control group. Previous studies of pineal function in depression are reviewed and discussed in the context of the present investigation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biological Psychiatry