Journal article

Loss of [I-125]-pindolol binding to beta-adrenoceptors on rat nodose ganglion after chronic isoprenaline treatment

DJ Watkins, AJ Lawrence, SJ Lewis, B Jarrott

JOURNAL OF THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1996

Abstract

The nodose ganglion contains the cell bodies of afferent nerves which convey predominantly sensory information from the viscera to the central nervous system (CNS). Autoradiographic studies show binding sites for beta-adrenoceptor ligands are present on sections of the rat nodose ganglion and also on the corresponding inferior vagal ganglion in humans, indicating the presence of beta-adrenoceptors in these ganglia. Since prolonged stimulation of beta-adrenoceptors in rats with the nonselective beta-adrenoceptor agonist isoprenaline (400 micrograms kg-1 day-1 s.c.) for 14 days results in desensitisation and/or down-regulation of receptors in peripheral tissues, such as heart, kidney and blood..

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