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Functional Assessment of Urinary Neuro-biogenic Amines—A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE 

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Functional Assessment of

Urinary Neuro-biogenic Amines:

A Comprehensive Guide

Doctor’s Data, Inc. is pleased to of-

fer Urinary Neuro-biogenic Amines

testing. Urinary neuro-biogenic amines

(neurotransmitters) are a non-invasive

way to assess the status of neurotrans-

mitter molecules essential for normal

function. Information gained through

neuro-biogenic amine testing may pro-

vide therapeutic opportunities that im-

prove clinical success and patient health

outcomes. Associations between urinary

neurotransmitter levels and health con-

ditions have been documented in sci-

entific literature and may provide valu-

able insights as part of a comprehensive

health assessment.

Urinary neuro-biogenic amines may

serve as biomarkers for neurotransmitter

status. Biomarkers [such as cholesterol,

thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)

or complete blood count (CBC)] are

commonly used in medical evaluations.

Such measurements indicate biologic

function, and may be used in both in

patient assessment and to monitor the

results of therapy. Complex disorders,

such as diabetes, are often evaluated and

monitored with just a few biomarkers.

Urinary neurotransmitter biomarkers

may provide additional insights for pa-

tients with behavioral, cognitive or neu-

rologic symptoms. Altered patterns of

urinary neurotransmitters may highlight

the need for precursor amino acids or

nutritional cofactors essential for syn-

thesis and metabolism.

What is a Neuro-biogenic Amine

(neurotransmitter)?

A neuro-biogenic amine is a mole-

cule (chemical) that carries a signal be-

tween nerve cells. A neuromodulator

is a molecule that alters a nerve cell’s

response to a

neurotransmitter

signal.

Neuro-biogenic amines and neuromod-

ulators have effect when they bind to

specialized receptors on other cells, or

inside a cell. Neurotransmitters are nec-

essary because all nerve cells are sepa-

rated by minute spaces called

synapses

.

(See Figure 1.)

Neuro-biogenic amines convert the

electrical signal that travels within the

nerve cell into a chemical signal that is

shared with another nerve cell. The re-

ceiving, or

post-synaptic

cell, then gener-

ates the electric signal to pass onto the

next cell. The electrical signals, or

action

potentials

, are generated in the nerve