Journal article

EFFECT OF CHEMICAL SYMPATHECTOMY ON (-)-ISOPRENALINE-INDUCED CHANGES IN CARDIAC BETA-ADRENOCEPTOR SUBTYPES IN THE GUINEA-PIG AND RAT

AR KOMPA, P MOLENAAR, RJ SUMMERS

JOURNAL OF AUTONOMIC PHARMACOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 1994

Abstract

1. Quantitative autoradiography was used to determine beta-adrenoceptor densities in cardiac regions of guinea-pigs and rats after chemical sympathectomy with 6-hydroxydopamine, and to examine how chemical sympathectomy affected beta-adrenoceptor changes following infusion of (-)-isoprenaline (400 micrograms kg-1 hr-1, 7 days). 2. Seven days after 6-hydroxydopamine (100 mg kg-1, i.v.), cardiac tissue levels of noradrenaline were reduced by 94.0 +/- 3.5% (guinea-pig) and 86.0 +/- 7.0% (rat). The blood pressure increase in rats to tyramine (0.5 mg, i.v.) was reduced from 118 mmHg in controls to 4.4 mmHg in 6-hydroxydopamine-treated animals. 3. There were no changes 7 and 14 days after 6-hydrox..

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