The platelet and plasma levels of catecholamines (CA) were simultaneously studied in a group of normal subjects in order to find possible sex-related changes in the distribution of CA in these two compartments. No significant differences between males and females were observed, but a marked platelet noradrenaline increase was found in the luteal phase as compared to the follicular phase. Furthermore, the platelet and plasma CA levels were strongly correlated in the male group but not in the female group. These results, while confirming the existence of a menstrual-related variability in noradrenergic activity, suggest a sex-related difference in the dynamic balance between platelet and plasma CA levels. The simultaneous assay of platelet and plasma CA enabled this phenomenon to be revealed, whereas the separate evaluation of platelet or plasma CA levels would not have done so.
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