Journal article

Relaxant effects and durations of action of formoterol and salmeterol on the isolated human bronchus.

E Naline, Y Zhang, Y Qian, N Mairon, GP Anderson, B Grandordy, C Advenier

European Respiratory Journal | Published : 1994


The objective of this study was to evaluate the potency and efficacy (intrinsic activity) of formoterol and salmeterol and their duration of action in comparison with other beta-adrenoceptor agonists in isolated human bronchi. Human bronchi were obtained at thoracotomy from patients with lung cancer. Potency (-log of the concentration of drug inducing 50% of maximal relaxation (-log EC50)) and efficacy (maximal effect (Emax), % of response to theophylline 3 x 10(-3) mol.l-1) were determined by analysis of cumulative isometric concentration-response curves to beta 2-adrenoceptor agonists in bronchial rings at resting tone or contracted maximally with acetylcholine 10(-3) mol.l-1 to induce fun..

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