Journal article

Molecular pharmacology of somatostatin (SRIF) receptors

C Nunn, J Hannon, D Hoyer

FUNDAMENTAL & CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2001

Abstract

The neuropeptide somatostatin (SRIF) is widely expressed in the brain and in the periphery in two main forms, SRIF-14 and SRIF-28. Similarly, the presence of SRIF receptors throughout the whole body has been reported. SRIF produces a variety of effects including modulation of hormone release (e.g. GH, glucagon, insulin), of neurotransmitter release (e.g. acetylcholine, dopamine, 5-HT), and its own release is modulated by many neurotransmitters. SRIF affects cognitive and behavioural processes, the endocrine system, the gastrointestinal tract and the cardiovascular system and also has tumor growth inhibiting effects. Initially, two classes of SRIF receptors have been proposed on the basis of ..

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