Journal article

REGULATION OF BETA-ADRENOCEPTORS IN THE GUINEA-PIG SINOATRIAL NODE

FD RUSSELL, AR KOMPA, P MOLENAAR, RJ SUMMERS

NAUNYN-SCHMIEDEBERGS ARCHIVES OF PHARMACOLOGY | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1994

Abstract

This study examined the changes of beta-adrenoceptors in the guinea-pig sinoatrial nodal region following 7 day (-)-isoprenaline (400 micrograms/kg/h s.c.) infusion and the relationship between beta-adrenoceptor desensitization and receptor down-regulation. Changes in beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptor density were measured using quantitative autoradiography and function in organ bath studies. (-)-Isoprenaline treatment produced a marked decrease in total (from 57.5 to 33.9 fmol/mg protein), beta 1- (from 49.4 to 32.8 fmol/mg protein), and beta 2-adrenoceptor density (from 8.1 to 1.05 fmol/mg protein) in the sinoatrial node. In adjacent right atrium, treatment produced no change in total (39.5 ..

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