Journal article

Pretreatment with quinpirole inhibits the central antihypertensive effects of rilmenidine and alpha-methyldopa in conscious rats.

M Van den Buuse

Eur J Pharmacol | Published : 1997


Treatment of conscious spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) with the dopamine D2 receptor agonist quinpirole causes a short-lasting pressor response and apparent desensitisation to the effects of subsequent injections of quinpirole or central antihypertensives such as clonidine. In the present study, a number of aspects of this apparent desensitisation were investigated. Thirty minutes after intravenous injection of quinpirole into spontaneously hypertensive rats, treatment with the dopamine D2 receptors antagonist raclopride caused a significant fall in blood pressure. At this time point, circulating levels of vasopressin were not significantly different compared to controls. In Brattlebor..

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