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  1. Celiprolol, a potent cardioselective beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist with mild alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist properties.

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    Wolf, P S; Pruss, T P; Rand, M J; Smith, R D; Mann, W S; Romano, D V

    1985-12-01

    Celiprolol is a cardioselective beta-adrenoceptor antagonist, with interesting propranolol-insensitive cardiostimulatory, vasodilatory and bronchodilatory effects. Recent reports suggest that mild alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonism may contribute to these effects. The present investigation further explored the alpha 2 effects of celiprolol. In isolated electrically-stimulated rat atria celiprolol (1.0 and 10 mumol/l) significantly increased the release of [3H]-norepinephrine, consistent with the blockade of pre-junctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors. Evidence for post-synaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist activity was obtained in studies of the effects of celiprolol on the pressor response to clonidine and either phenylephrine or methoxamine in perfused hind-limbs of dogs (pretreated with mecamylamine and propranolol) and pithed rats. In the dog, celiprolol (10 mg/kg) significantly inhibited the vasoconstrictor response of clonidine while in the rat higher doses were required (> or = 12.5 mg/kg). Celiprolol did not affect the pressor response induced by alpha 1-agonists. We conclude that celiprolol possesses a mild alpha 2-adrenoceptor blocking action which may contribute to its unconventional profile.

  2. The pharmacology of fluparoxan: a selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist.

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    Halliday, C A; Jones, B J; Skingle, M; Walsh, D M; Wise, H; Tyers, M B

    1991-04-01

    1. This paper describes the pharmacology of the novel alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist fluparoxan (GR 50360) which is currently being studied clinically as a potential anti-depressant. Idazoxan and yohimbine were included in many studies for comparison. 2. In the rat isolated, field-stimulated vas deferens and the guinea-pig isolated, field-stimulated ileum preparations, fluparoxan was a reversible competitive antagonist of the inhibitory responses to the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist UK-14304 with pKB values of 7.87 and 7.89 respectively. In the rat isolated anococcygeus muscle, fluparoxan was a much weaker competitive antagonist of the contractile response to the alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine with a pKB of 4.45 giving an alpha 2: alpha 1-adrenoceptor selectivity ratio of greater than 2500. 3. In the conscious mouse, fluparoxan (0.2-3.0 mg kg-1) was effective by the oral route and of similar potency to idazoxan in preventing clonidine-induced hypothermia and antinociception. In the rat, UK-14304-induced hypothermia (ED50 = 1.4 mg kg-1, p.o. or 0.5 mg kg-1, i.v.) and rotarod impairment (ED50 = 1.1 mg kg-1 p.o. or 1.3 mg kg-1, i.v.) were antagonized by fluparoxan. Fluparoxan, 0.67-6 mg kg-1, p.o., also prevented UK-14304-induced sedation and bradycardia in the dog. 4. In specificity studies fluparoxan had low or no affinity for a wide range of neurotransmitter receptor sites at concentrations up to at least 1 x 10(-5) M. It displayed weak affinity for 5-HT1A (pIC50 = 5.9) and 5-HT1B (pKi = 5.5) binding sites in rat brain. 5. We conclude that fluparoxan is a highly selective and potent alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist. The density of rat brain [3H]-dihydroalprenolol binding sites was reduced by 26% when fluparoxan was administered chronically for 6 days at a dose of 12 mg kg- 1 orally twice daily. The down-regulation of beta-adrenoceptors by fluparoxan is consistent with its antidepressant potential.

  3. The tricyclic antidepressants amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine are weak antagonists of human and rat alpha1B-adrenoceptors.

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    Nojimoto, F D; Mueller, A; Hebeler-Barbosa, F; Akinaga, J; Lima, V; Kiguti, L R de A; Pupo, A S

    2010-01-01

    Although it is long known that the tricyclic antidepressants amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine inhibit the noradrenaline transporter and alpha(1)-adrenoceptors with similar affinities, which may lead to self-cancelling actions, the selectivity of these drugs for alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes is unknown. The present study investigates the selectivity of amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine for human recombinant and rat native alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes. The selectivity of amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine was investigated in HEK-293 cells expressing each of the human alpha(1)-subtypes and in rat native receptors from the vas deferens (alpha(1A)), spleen (alpha(1B)) and aorta (alpha(1D)) through [(3)H]prazosin binding, and noradrenaline-induced intracellular Ca(2+) increases and contraction assays. Amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine showed considerably higher affinities for alpha(1A)- (approximately 25- to 80-fold) and alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors (approximately 10- to 25-fold) than for alpha(1B)-adrenoceptors in both contraction and [(3)H]prazosin binding assays with rat native and human receptors, respectively. In addition, amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine were substantially more potent in the inhibition of noradrenaline-induced intracellular Ca(2+) increases in HEK-293 cells expressing alpha(1A)- or a truncated version of alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors which traffics more efficiently towards the cell membrane than in cells expressing alpha(1B)-adrenoceptors. Amitriptyline, nortriptyline and imipramine are much weaker antagonists of rat and human alpha(1B)-adrenoceptors than of alpha(1A)- and alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors. The differential affinities for these receptors indicate that the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtype which activation is most increased by the augmented noradrenaline availability resultant from the blockade of neuronal reuptake is the alpha(1B)-adrenoceptor. This may be important for the behavioural effects of these

  4. A preliminary, clinical pharmacological assessment of L-659,066, a novel alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist.

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    Schafers, R F; Elliott, H L; Howie, C A; Reid, J L

    1992-01-01

    1. The alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist activity of L-659,066 has been investigated in studies of healthy normotensive males to whom doses of up to 8 mg were administered by short intravenous infusion. 2. L-659,066 had no effect on basal levels of glucose or insulin and no significant effect on the plasma glucose and plasma insulin time profiles following an intravenous glucose load. 3. There was a non-significant trend for plasma noradrenaline concentrations to be higher after L-659,066. 4. L-659,066 had no significant effects on mood changes or on physical symptom scores. 5. There were no significant effects on supine blood pressure but there were consistent increases in heart rate both supine (non-significant) and erect (P < 0.01). 6. Ex vivo platelet aggregation studies confirmed alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist activity with L-659,066 but with an approximately 9-fold lesser potency than yohimbine. 7. While L-659,066 has alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist activity these results suggest that it is unlikely to present a new therapeutic approach for improving insulin release. PMID:1362887

  5. Phenylpiperazinylalkylamino substituted pyridazinones as potent alpha(1) adrenoceptor antagonists.

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    Barlocco, D; Cignarella, G; Piaz, V D; Giovannoni, M P; De Benedetti, P G; Fanelli, F; Montesano, F; Poggesi, E; Leonardi, A

    2001-07-19

    QSAR models have been used for designing a series of compounds characterized by a N-phenylpiperazinylalkylamino moiety linked to substituted pyridazinones, which have been synthesized. Measurements of the binding affinities of the new compounds toward the alpha(1a)-, alpha(1b)-, and alpha(1d)-AR cloned subtypes as well as the 5-HT(1A) receptor have been done validating, at least in part, the estimations of the theoretical models. This study provides insight into the structure activity relationships of the alpha(1)-ARs ligands and their alpha(1)-AR/5-HT(1A) selectivity.

  6. Human fat cell alpha-2 adrenoceptors. I. Functional exploration and pharmacological definition with selected alpha-2 agonists and antagonists

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    Galitzky, J.; Mauriege, P.; Berlan, M.; Lafontan, M.

    1989-05-01

    This study was undertaken to investigate more fully the pharmacological characteristics of the human fat cell alpha-2 adrenoceptor. Biological assays were performed on intact isolated fat cells while radioligand binding studies were carried out with (/sup 3/H)yohimbine in membranes. These pharmacological studies brought: (1) a critical definition of the limits of the experimental conditions required for the exploration of alpha-2 adrenergic responsiveness on human fat cells and membranes; (2) an improvement in the pharmacological definition of the human fat cell postsynaptic alpha-2 adrenoceptor. Among alpha-2 agonists, UK-14,304 was the most potent and the relative order of potency was: UK-14,304 greater than p-aminoclonidine greater than clonidine = B-HT 920 greater than rilmenidine. For alpha-2 antagonists, the potency order was: yohimbine greater than idazoxan greater than SK F-86,466 much greater than benextramine; (3) a description of the impact of benextramine (irreversible alpha-1/alpha-2 antagonist) on human fat cell alpha-2 adrenergic receptors and on human fat cell function; the drug inactivates the alpha-2 adrenergic receptors with a minor impact on beta adrenergic receptors and without noticeable alterations of fat cell function as assessed by preservation of beta adrenergic and Al-adenosine receptor-mediated lipolytic responses; and (4) a definition of the relationship existing between alpha-2 adrenergic receptor occupancy, inhibition of adenylate cyclase activity and antilipolysis with full and partial agonists. The existence of a receptor reserve must be taken into account when evaluating alpha-2 adrenergic receptor distribution and regulation of human fat cells.

  7. The effects of some alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists on the responses of the canine saphenous vein to B-HT 933, UK-14304 and methoxamine.

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    Rhodes, K F; Waterfall, J F

    1987-03-01

    The benzoquinolizines Wy 25309, Wy 26703 and Wy 27127, previously reported as potent antagonists at presynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptors were also potent antagonists of B-HT 933 in isolated saphenous veins of the dog confirming their activity at post synaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptors. Yohimbine was a more potent antagonist of B-HT 933 in isolated saphenous vein than were the Wy compounds or idazoxan contrasting with the reported potencies of these compounds at presynaptic sites in rat vas deferens and raising the possibility of differences between pre- and postsynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptors. Contractions of the saphenous vein were observed with high concentrations of idazoxan.

  8. Suppression of human prostate cancer cell growth by alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists doxazosin and terazosin via induction of apoptosis.

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    Kyprianou, N; Benning, C M

    2000-08-15

    Recent evidence from our laboratory has demonstrated that alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists doxazosin and terazosin induced apoptosis in prostate epithelial and smooth muscle cells in patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH; J. Urol., 159: 1810-1815, 1998; J. Urol., 161: 2002-2007, 1999). In this study, we investigated the biological action of three alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists, doxazosin, terazosin, and tamsulosin, against prostate cancer cell growth. The antigrowth effect of the three alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists was examined in two human prostate cancer cell lines, PC-3 and DU-145, and a prostate smooth muscle cell primary culture, SMC-1, on the basis of: (a) cell viability assay; (b) rate of DNA synthesis; and (c) induction of apoptosis. Our results indicate that treatment of prostate cancer cells with doxazosin or terazosin results in a significant loss of cell viability, via induction of apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner, whereas tamsulosin had no effect on prostate cell growth. Neither doxazosin nor terazosin exerted a significant effect on the rate of cell proliferation in prostate cancer cells. Exposure to phenoxybenzamine, an irreversible inhibitor of alpha1-adrenoceptors, does not abrogate the apoptotic effect of doxazosin or terazosin against human prostate cancer or smooth muscle cells. This suggests that the apoptotic activity of doxazosin and terazosin against prostate cells is independent of their capacity to antagonize alpha1-adrenoceptors. Furthermore, an in vivo efficacy trial demonstrated that doxazosin administration (at tolerated pharmacologically relevant doses) in SCID mice bearing PC-3 prostate cancer xenografts resulted in a significant inhibition of tumor growth. These findings demonstrate the ability of doxazosin and terazosin (but not tamsulosin) to suppress prostate cancer cell growth in vitro and in vivo by inducing apoptosis without affecting cell proliferation. This evidence provides the rationale for targeting both

  9. Inhibitory effects of calcium antagonists on alpha-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction in the human internal mammary artery.

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    He, G W; Acuff, T E; Ryan, W H; Yang, C Q; Douthit, M B; Bowman, R T; Mack, M J

    1994-01-01

    1. The internal mammary artery has become a preferred coronary bypass graft. Sympathomimetic amines are spasmogens for vasospasm and calcium antagonists are frequently administered drugs perioperatively. The effect of calcium antagonists on alpha-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction depends on the subtype of alpha-adrenoceptor and the type of origin of vascular smooth muscle. This study was designed to investigate the effect of calcium antagonists on alpha-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction in the IMA. 2. Human IMA segments taken from 22 patients undergoing IMA--coronary artery bypass grafting were mounted in an organ bath under the physiological pressure determined from their own length-tension curves. 3. Three ring segments were allocated into three groups. One served as a control and the others were treated with clinically related concentrations of nifedipine (20 or 200 nM) for 25 min before concentration-contraction curves to alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist methoxamine (MO) or full alpha-adrenoceptor agonist noradrenaline (NA) were established. 4. In separate experiments, the concentration-relaxation curves to nifedipine were established in the IMA rings precontracted with MO (30 microM) or NA (10 microM). Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN, 3 microM) was added to further relax the vessels. 5. Pretreatment with nifedipine (200 nM) only slightly inhibited the MO- (1.74 +/- 0.32 vs 2.88 +/- 0.56 g) or NA- (2.43 +/- 0.66 vs 3.60 +/- 0.82 g) induced contraction without statistical significance (P > 0.05). 6. On the other hand, nifedipine only caused 34.49% relaxation in the MO-precontracted and 24.39% relaxation in the NA-precontracted IMAs. In contrast, GTN caused 76.16% (against MO, P < 0.05) or 92.22% (against NA, P < 0.0001) relaxation.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7910471

  10. Alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists potentiate responses mediated by alpha 1-adrenoceptors in the cat nictitating membrane.

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    Shepperson, N. B.

    1984-01-01

    Alpha 1 but not alpha 2-adrenoceptors mediate contractions of the cat nictitating membrane. The contractions of this tissue evoked by alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonists, but not those evoked by angiotensin II, are potentiated by pre-dosing with alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists. This potentiation is reversed by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, WY 26392. Pressor responses evoked by alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonists or angiotensin II were not affected by alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists. Contractions of the nictitating membrane evoked by noradrenaline were reduced by pretreatment with WY 26392. These results suggest that in some tissues the role of alpha 2-adrenoceptors may be to modulate responses to alpha 1-adrenoceptors, rather than to evoke a discrete response themselves. PMID:6148985

  11. The dose dependency of the alpha- and beta-adrenoceptor antagonist activity of carvedilol in man.

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    Tham, T C; Guy, S; McDermott, B J; Shanks, R G; Riddell, J G

    1995-01-01

    1. The alpha- and beta-adrenoceptor antagonist activity of carvedilol, a beta-adrenoceptor antagonist with vasodilating properties, and labetalol were investigated in 10 healthy male subjects. They received infusions with serially increasing concentrations of isoprenaline and phenylephrine before and after single oral doses of carvedilol 6.25, 12.5 and 25 mg, labetalol 400 mg and placebo at weekly intervals in a double-blind randomised manner. An exercise step test was performed at the end of the infusions. 2. The dose of isoprenaline required to increase heart rate by 25 beats min-1 (I25) and the dose of phenylephrine required to increase systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 20 mm Hg (PS20 and PD20) were calculated using a quadratic fit to individual dose-response curves. Comparisons were made with placebo and P < 0.05 was considered significant. 3. The I25 was increased by carvedilol 25 mg and labetalol 400 mg (P < 0.05). The dose ratios at I25 were: carvedilol 6.25 mg 2.1 +/- 1.6, carvedilol 12.5 mg 3.1 +/- 1.9, carvedilol 25 mg 6.4 +/- 4.9 and labetalol 400 mg 8.8 +/- 4.4. 4. The PS20 was increased by labetalol 400 mg (P < 0.05). The dose ratios at PS20 were: carvedilol 6.25 mg 1.0 +/- 0.2; 12.5 mg, 1.2 +/- 0.2; 25 mg, 1.3 +/- 0.4 and labetalol 400 mg 2.2 +/- 0.8. 5. The PD20 was increased by labetalol 400 mg (P < 0.05). The dose ratios at PD20 were: carvedilol 6.25 mg 1.1 +/- 0.3; 12.5 mg, 1.3 +/- 0.3; carvedilol 25 mg 1.3 +/- 0.4 and labetalol 400 mg 2.1 +/- 0.8.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8527263

  12. The effect of a selective alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist on pain behavior of the rat varies, depending on experimental parameters.

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    Kauppila, T; Jyväsjärvi, E; Hämäläinen, M M; Pertovaara, A

    1998-02-01

    Effects of atipamezole, an alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist, in various acute pain tests were studied in the rat. Atipamezole (at doses > or = 0.1 mg/kg I.P.) and idazoxan, another alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist (2.5 mg/kg, I.P.), increased licking latency in the hot-plate test. Bilateral administration of atipamezole (10 microg) into the locus coeruleus did not increase licking latency in the hot-plate test. Medetomidine (an alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist; 1-3 mg/kg) or repeated pre-exposures to the testing apparatus reversed the effect of atipamezole (1.5 mg/kg) in the hot-plate test. Atipamezole also increased the latency to mechanically induced licking/biting response at a dose of 1.5 mg/kg, but not at lower doses. In the heat-induced tail-flick test, in contrast, atipamezole at doses of 0.1 and 1.5 mg/kg produced a medetomidine-reversible decrease of response latencies. This facilitation of the tail-flick response disappeared if the intensity of the heat stimulus was high. At a dose range from 0.03 to 1.5 mg/kg atipamezole did not significantly alter the paw withdrawal latency to noxious mechanical stimulation, nor pain behavior in the formalin test. Responses to nociceptive spinal dorsal horn neurons were not modulated by atipamezole (1 mg/kg) in anesthetized spinalized rats. The results indicate that an alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist may have variable effects in behavioral pain tests, depending on habituation of the experimental animals to the testing conditions, the dose of the drug, the type of behavioral response and the submodality or the intensity of the noxious test stimulus. The atipamezole-induced changes in pain behavior observed in this study may rather be explained due to action on motor expression of pain than due to modulation of nociception.

  13. Different subtypes of alpha 1A-adrenoceptor mediating contraction of rat epididymal vas deferens, rat hepatic portal vein and human prostate distinguished by the antagonist RS 17053.

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    Marshall, I.; Burt, R. P.; Green, G. M.; Hussain, M. B.; Chapple, C. R.

    1996-01-01

    1. The alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtype mediating contraction of the rat hepatic portal vein to phenylephrine was characterized by use of competitive antagonists previously shown to have selectivity between the expressed alpha 1-subtype clones. Prazosin competitively antagonized the phenylephrine contractions with a pA2 value of 9.2, as did WB 4101 (pA2 9.4), 5-methyl urapidil (pA2 8.6), indoramin (pA2 8.4) and BMY 7378 (pA2 6.5). 2. The pA2 values on the rat portal vein correlated highly with their previously published pA2 values for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors mediating contraction of the rat epididymal vas deferens and human prostate and poorly with those for the alpha 1B- and alpha 1D-adrenoceptors mediating contraction of the rat spleen and aorta, respectively. The antagonist pA2 values on the rat portal vein correlated highly with their previously published pK1 values for the expressed alpha 1a-clone and poorly with those for the expressed alpha 1b- and alpha 1d-clones. Therefore the results show that contraction of the rat portal vein to phenylephrine is mediated by alpha 1A-adrenoceptors. 3. The novel alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist RS 17053 had a relatively high affinity for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors mediating contraction of the rat epididymal vas deferens (pA2 9.5) compared with the alpha 1B-adrenoceptors in the rat spleen (pA2 7.2) or the alpha 1D-adrenoceptors in the rat aorta (pKB 7.1), in agreement with its selectivity for the expressed alpha 1a-clone. However, RS 17053 had over 100 fold lower affinity for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors mediating contraction of the rat portal vein (pKB 7.1) and human prostate (pKB 7.1) compared with its affinity for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors in the rat epididymal vas deferens or the expressed alpha 1a-clone. 4. The difference in affinity of RS 17053 between the rat epididymal vas deferens and rat portal vein cannot be explained by a species difference in the receptor. Therefore RS 17053 may distinguish between subtypes of

  14. Evidence for activation of both adrenergic and cholinergic nervous pathways by yohimbine, an alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist.

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    Bagheri, H; Chale, J J; Guyen, L N; Tran, M A; Berlan, M; Montastruc, J L

    1995-01-01

    Adrenoceptors are involved in the control of the activity of the autonomic nervous system and especially the sympathetic nervous system. Activation of alpha 2-adrenoceptors decreases sympathetic tone whereas their blockade has an opposite effect. However, previous investigations have shown that yohimbine (a potent alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist) increases salivary secretion through activation of cholinergic pathways. The aim of the present experiment was to investigate the involvement of both the sympathetic and the parasympathetic system in several pharmacological effects of yohimbine. For this purpose, salivary secretion and various endocrino-metabolic parameters (noradrenaline and insulin secretions, lipomobilization) were evaluated in conscious fasting dogs before and after blockade of either the sympathetic (with the beta-adrenoceptor antagonist agent nadolol) or the parasympathetic (with the anticholinergic agent atropine) systems. Yohimbine alone (0.4 mg.kg-1, i.v.) increased within 5-15 minutes, plasma noradrenaline (600%), insulin levels (300%), free-fatty acids (79%) and salivary secretion (143%). Atropine (0.2 mg.kg-1, i.v.) suppressed yohimbine-induced salivary secretion (90%) but did not significantly modify the yohimbine induced changes in noradrenaline (312%), insulin (277%) and free-fatty acids (102%) plasma levels. Administration of nadolol (1 mg.kg-1, i.v.) did not change the magnitude of the increase in both noradrenaline plasma levels (550%) and salivary secretion (300%) induced by yohimbine. However, nadolol totally blunted the increase in insulin (15%) and free-fatty acids (4%) plasma levels. These results show that yohimbine-induced increase in salivary secretion is a cholinergic effect whereas the increase in insulin and free fatty acids can be explained by an increase in sympathetic tone.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  15. Increased sexual behavior in male Macaca arctoides monkeys produced by atipamezole, a selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist.

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    Linnankoski, I; Grönroos, M; Carlson, S; Pertovaara, A

    1992-05-01

    The effect of a highly selective and potent alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, atipamezole, on sexual behavior was studied in three stumptail macaques (Macaca arctoides). Following IM administration of atipamezole or saline control, the behavior of the male monkey with a female monkey was observed for 30 min. Atipamezole dose dependently (0.01-0.15 or 0.30 mg/kg) produced a significant increase in the number of ejaculations in all three monkeys, including an old one with decreased sexual activity in control conditions. Both ejaculations obtained by copulation and masturbation were increased. It is concluded that atipamezole is effective in increasing sexual behavior in male stumptail monkeys.

  16. alpha2-Adrenoreceptor antagonists.

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    Mayer, P; Imbert, T

    2001-06-01

    A review of the literature relating to the therapeutic potential of alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonists published between 1990 and 2000 is presented. Although extensively studied since the early 1970s in a wide spectrum of therapeutic applications, the distinction of alpha2-adrenoceptor subtypes and some emerging evidence concerning new applications in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, obesity and schizophrenia, have refreshed an interest in this class of agents.

  17. 5-Methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine-induced analgesia is blocked by alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists in rats.

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    Archer, T.; Danysz, W.; Jonsson, G.; Minor, B. G.; Post, C.

    1986-01-01

    The effects of the alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists prazosin, phentolamine and yohimbine upon 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeODMT)-induced analgesia were tested in the hot-plate, tail-flick and shock-titration tests of nociception with rats. Intrathecally injected yohimbine and phentolamine blocked or attenuated the analgesia produced by systemic administration of 5-MeODMT in all three nociceptive tests. Intrathecally administered prazosin attenuated the analgesic effects of 5-MeODMT in the hot-plate and tail-flick tests, but not in the shock titration test. Intrathecal yohimbine showed a dose-related lowering of pain thresholds in saline and 5-MeODMT-treated animals. Phentolamine and prazosin produced normal dose-related curves in the hot-plate test and biphasic effects in the shock titration and tail-flick tests. These results demonstrate a functional interaction between alpha 2-adrenoceptors and 5-HT agonist-induced analgesia at a spinal level in rats. PMID:2877697

  18. New substituted 1-(2,3-dihydrobenzo[1, 4]dioxin-2-ylmethyl)piperidin-4-yl derivatives with alpha(2)-adrenoceptor antagonist activity.

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    Mayer, P; Brunel, P; Chaplain, C; Piedecoq, C; Calmel, F; Schambel, P; Chopin, P; Wurch, T; Pauwels, P J; Marien, M; Vidaluc, J L; Imbert, T

    2000-10-05

    The emergence of a novel theory concerning the role of noradrenaline in the progression and the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases has provided a new impetus toward the discovery of novel compounds acting at alpha(2)-adrenoceptors. A series of substituted 1-(2, 3-dihydrobenzo[1,4]dioxin-2-ylmethyl)piperidin-4-yl derivatives bearing an amide, urea, or imidazolidinone moiety was studied. Some members of this series of compounds proved to be potent alpha(2)-adrenoceptor antagonists with good selectivity versus alpha(1)-adrenergic and D(2)-dopamine receptors. Particular emphasis is given to compound 33g which displays potent alpha(2)-adrenoceptor binding affinity in vitro and central effects in vivo following oral administration.

  19. Alpha adrenoceptor antagonists in the year 2000: is there anything new?

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    Chapple, C R

    2001-01-01

    Selective alpha1-adrenergic blockade is now a well accepted and widely used therapeutic treatment for patients presenting with symptomatic bladder outlet obstruction thought to be associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia. This review summarizes the recent developments in this field relating to the subject of receptor subtype selectivity and the potential relevance of this to clinical usefulness of existing drug therapy. Whilst a number of unanswered questions remain as to the exact mechanisms of both drug action and side-effect profile, nevertheless it is clear that existing clinically available alpha1-antagonists provide a safe, effective and generally well tolerated therapy for patients with lower urinary tract symptoms thought to be associated with benign prostatic obstruction. The implications of the ALLHAT study are discussed.

  20. Alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists and chemical sympathectomy exacerbate anaphylaxis-induced hypotension, but not portal hypertension, in anesthetized rats.

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    Wang, Mofei; Tanida, Mamoru; Shibamoto, Toshishige; Kurata, Yasutaka

    2013-10-15

    Anaphylactic shock is sometimes life-threatening, and it is accompanied by hepatic venoconstriction in animals, which, in part, accounts for anaphylactic hypotension. Roles of norepinephrine and α-adrenoceptor in anaphylaxis-induced hypotension and portal hypertension were investigated in anesthetized ovalbumin-sensitized Sprague-Dawley rats. The sensitized rats were randomly allocated to the following pretreatment groups (n = 6/group): 1) control (nonpretreatment), 2) α1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin, 3) nonselective α-adrenoceptor antagonist phentolamine, 4) 6-hydroxydopamine-induced chemical sympathectomy, and 5) surgical hepatic sympathectomy. Anaphylactic shock was induced by an intravenous injection of the antigen. The systemic arterial pressure (SAP), central venous pressure (CVP), portal venous pressure (PVP), and portal venous blood flow (PBF) were measured, and splanchnic [Rspl: (SAP-PVP)/PBF] and portal venous [Rpv: (PVP-CVP)/PBF] resistances were determined. Separately, we measured efferent hepatic sympathetic nerve activity during anaphylaxis. In the control group, SAP markedly decreased, followed by a gradual recovery toward baseline. PVP and Rpv increased 3.2- and 23.3-fold, respectively, after antigen. Rspl decreased immediately, but only transiently, after antigen, and then increased 1.5-fold later than 10 min. The α-adrenoceptor antagonist pretreatment or chemical sympathectomy inhibited the late increase in Rspl and the SAP recovery. Pretreatment with α-adrenoceptor antagonists, or either chemical or surgical hepatic sympathectomy, did not affect the antigen-induced increase in Rpv. Hepatic sympathetic nerve activity did not significantly change after antigen. In conclusion, α-adrenoceptor antagonists and chemical sympathectomy exacerbate anaphylaxis-induced hypotension, but not portal hypertension, in anesthetized rats. Hepatic sympathetic nerves are not involved in anaphylactic portal hypertension.

  1. Alpha1A-adrenoceptor antagonist improves underactive bladder associated with diabetic cystopathy via bladder blood flow in rats.

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    Yonekubo, Saori; Tatemichi, Satoshi; Maruyama, Kazuyasu; Kobayashi, Mamoru

    2017-08-23

    Patients with diabetes experience lower urinary tract symptoms. Cystopathy may evolve into underactive bladder (UAB), depending on the degree and duration of the symptoms. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of silodosin, an alpha1A-adrenoceptor (AR) antagonist, on UAB in a rat model of diabetes mellitus (DM). Female Sprague-Dawley rats (6 weeks old) were administered streptozotocin (STZ) (50 mg/kg, i.v.) to establish a DM model. One week after STZ administration, vehicle or silodosin (0.3 or 1 mg/kg/day) was delivered subcutaneously through an osmotic pump. Nine weeks after STZ administration (8 weeks after drug treatment), a catheter was implanted into the bladder under urethane anesthesia. After the measurement of emptied bladder blood flow (BBF), saline was continuously infused into the bladder and intravesical pressure and micturition volume were measured. In another experiment, the bladder was isolated and nerve markers were quantified. A cystometrogram showed that bladder capacity (BC), residual volume (RV), and bladder extension (BC/bladder weight) increased by 7.43, 10.47, and 3.59 times, respectively, in vehicle rats in comparison with normal rats. These findings suggested the occurrence of UAB-like symptoms in this model. Silodosin (1 mg/kg/day) inhibited the increase in BC and RV by 49.0% and 46.8%, respectively, and caused a decrease in BBF of approximately 25.5% (when the difference between normal and vehicle was set as 100%) in STZ rats. The nerve marker expression levels tended to be decreased in the bladders of STZ rats and these effects were ameliorated by silodosin. The STZ rats showed increased bladder extension and RV, symptoms that were suggestive of UAB, and these symptoms were ameliorated by silodosin. These results suggested that the alpha1A-AR antagonist would be useful for the prevention or treatment of UAB.

  2. The alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist terazosin induces prostate cancer cell death through a p53 and Rb independent pathway.

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    Xu, Kexin; Wang, Xianghong; Ling, Patrick M T; Tsao, S W; Wong, Y C

    2003-01-01

    Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men. Treatment failure in prostate cancer is usually due to the development of androgen independence and resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs at an advanced stage. Recently, it was reported that the alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist terazosin was able to inhibit prostate cancer cell growth and indicated that it may have an implication in the treatment of prostate cancer. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanisms involved in terazosin-induced prostate cancer cell death using two androgen-independent cell lines, PC-3 and DU145. Our results showed that terazosin inhibited not only prostate cancer cell growth but also colony forming ability, which is the main target of chemotherapy. We also found that the sensitivity of these cells to terazosin was not affected by the presence of either functional p53 or Rb, suggesting that the terazosin-induced cell death was independent of p53 and Rb. However, the terazosin-induced cell death was associated with G1 phase cell cycle arrest and up-regulation of p27KIP1. In addition, up-regulation of Bax and down-regulation of Bcl-2 was also observed indicating that these two apoptotic regulators may play important roles in terazosin-mediated cell death pathway. Our results provide evidence for the first time that terazosin may have a therapeutic potential in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.

  3. Antianginal Actions of Beta-Adrenoceptor Antagonists

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    2007-01-01

    Angina pectoris is usually the first clinical sign of underlying myocardial ischemia, which results from an imbalance between oxygen supply and oxygen demand in the heart. This report describes the pharmacology of β-adrenoceptor antagonists as it relates to the treatment of angina. The β-adrenoceptor antagonists are widely used in long-term maintenance therapy to prevent acute ischemic episodes in patients with chronic stable angina. Beta-adrenoceptor antagonists competitively inhibit the binding of endogenous catecholamines to β1-adrenoceptors in the heart. Their anti-ischemic effects are due primarily to a reduction in myocardial oxygen demand. By decreasing heart rate, myocardial contractility and afterload, β-adrenoceptor antagonists reduce myocardial workload and oxygen consumption at rest as well as during periods of exertion or stress. Predictable adverse effects include bradycardia and cardiac depression, both of which are a direct result of the blockade of cardiac β1-adrenoceptors, but adverse effects related to the central nervous system (eg, lethargy, sleep disturbances, and depression) may also be bothersome to some patients. Beta-adrenoceptor antagonists must be used cautiously in patients with diabetes mellitus, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure, and asthma or other obstructive airway diseases. Beta-adrenoceptor antagonists may be used in combination with nitrates or calcium channel blockers, which takes advantage of the diverse mechanisms of action of drugs from each pharmacologic category. Moreover, concurrent use of β-adrenoceptor antagonists may alleviate the reflex tachycardia that sometimes occurs with other antianginal agents. PMID:17998992

  4. Anti-Parkinson effects of a selective alpha2C-adrenoceptor antagonist in the MPTP marmoset model.

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    Philippens, Ingrid H C H M; Joosen, Marloes J A; Ahnaou, Abdellah; Andres, Ignacio; Drinkenburg, Wilhelmus Pim H I M

    2014-08-01

    Current dopamine replacement therapies, in Parkinson's disease (PD), result in aversive side effects and rapid drug dose escalation over time. Therefore, a non-dopaminergic treatment would be an advantageous supplement to lower the dose of dopamine replacement treatment postponing the occurrence of side effects. The noradrenergic system plays an important role in the facilitation or maintenance of the activity of the nigrostriatal dopamine pathways. Here the putative anti-Parkinson effects of the oral selective alpha2C-adrenoceptor antagonist (JNJ27063699 0.1-10mg/kg p.o.) and of vehicle (fruit syrup) were evaluated in the MPTP-marmoset model. Dose-related anti-Parkinson effects were assessed by means of a behavioural rating scale covering parkinsonian symptoms, body weight and body temperature, and two test systems assessing locomotor activity and complex motor skills of hand-eye coordination for controlled movements in MPTP- or saline-pretreated marmosets. JNJ27063699, at the middle and higher doses, consistently improved locomotor activity and hand-eye coordination capabilities, which indicates an improvement in the coordination of motor control -or movements- in MPTP-pretreated monkeys. No additional effects on the parkinsonian symptoms or side effects were observed on other test systems. Overall, the findings link deficit in motor coordination with dysfunctional adrenergic signalling and it suggest that selective alpha2C adrenergic antagonism may contribute to behavioural improvement in the MPTP-monkey model of PD. In multi-drug medication JNJ27063699 might have potential in the treatment of motor deficit in PD.

  5. Effect of Silodosin, an Alpha1A-Adrenoceptor Antagonist, on Ventral Prostatic Hyperplasia in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat

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    Shimizu, Shogo; Shimizu, Takahiro; Tsounapi, Panagiota; Higashi, Youichirou; Martin, Darryl T.; Nakamura, Kumiko; Honda, Masashi; Inoue, Keiji; Saito, Motoaki

    2015-01-01

    Background A decreased prostatic blood flow could be one of the risk factors for benign prostatic hyperplasia/benign prostatic enlargement. The spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) shows a chronic prostatic ischemia and hyperplastic morphological abnormalities in the ventral prostate. The effect of silodosin, a selective alpha1A-adrenoceptor antagonist, was investigated in the SHR prostate as a prostatic hyperplasia model focusing on prostatic blood flow. Methods Twelve-week-old male SHRs were administered perorally with silodosin (100 μg/kg/day) or vehicle once daily for 6 weeks. Wistar Kyoto (WKY) rats were used as normotensive controls and were treated with the vehicle. The effect of silodosin on blood pressure and prostatic blood flow were estimated and then the prostates were removed and weighed. The tissue levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), interleukin-6 (IL-6), chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1/cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant 1 (CXCL1/CINC1), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) were measured. The histological evaluation was also performed by hematoxylin and eosin staining. Results There was a significant increase in blood pressure, prostate weight, prostate body weight ratio (PBR), tissue levels of MDA, IL-6, CXCL1/CINC1, TNF-α, TGF-β1, bFGF and α-SMA in the SHR compared to the WKY rat. The ventral prostate in the SHR showed the morphological abnormalities compared to the WKY rat. Prostatic blood flow was decreased in the SHR. However, treatment with silodosin significantly restored the decreased prostatic blood flow in the SHR. Moreover, silodosin normalized tissue levels of MDA, IL-6, CXCL1/CINC1, TNF-α, TGF-β1, bFGF and α-SMA, and it ameliorated ventral prostatic hyperplasia in the SHR excluding blood pressure. Silodosin decreased PBR but not prostate weight in the SHR. Conclusions Silodosin can inhibit the

  6. Ejaculatory disorder caused by alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonists is not retrograde ejaculation but a loss of seminal emission.

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    Hisasue, Shin-ichi; Furuya, Ryoji; Itoh, Naoki; Kobayashi, Ko; Furuya, Seiji; Tsukamoto, Taiji

    2006-10-01

    The etiology of the ejaculatory disorder induced by alpha-1 blockers is still controversial, although it has been suggested to be retrograde ejaculation. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of alpha-1 adrenoceptor subtype mRNA in human seminal vesicles, and to analyze the prevalence and etiology of the disorder in healthy men. Experimental Study. Seminal vesicles from 10 surgical specimens (eight radical prostatectomy, two radical cystectomy) were dissected. Real-time PCR was conducted for quantification of mRNA expression of each alpha-1 adrenoceptor subtype. Clinical Study. Ejaculatory disorder was investigated using 17 healthy male volunteers. Tamsulosin (0.2 mg and 0.4 mg) and naftopidil (50 mg and 100 mg) were administered in a crossover manner for 3 days. The ejaculatory volume, sperm count in midstream urine after ejaculation, and fructose concentration in seminal plasma were investigated. Real-time PCR revealed that alpha-1a mRNA was significantly predominant in seminal vesicles (P < 0.001; 1a, 75.0%; 1b, 11.7%; 1d, 13.3%). Ejaculatory volume (baseline 2.72 +/- 0.28 mL) significantly decreased in the tamsulosin group (0.2 mg, 1.75 +/- 0.31 mL; 0.4 mg, 1.51 +/- 0.39 mL; P < 0.05), but not in the naftopidil group (50 mg, 2.70 +/- 0.24 mL; 100 mg, 2.48 +/- 0.26 mL; P = NS). There was no sperm in midstream urine after any ejaculation. The current study demonstrates that alpha-1a mRNA is predominant among the adrenoceptor subtypes in human seminal vesicles. Decreased capacity of contraction of the seminal vesicles is proposed as the cause of the ejaculatory disorder induced by alpha-1 blockers.

  7. Bioisosteric phentolamine analogs as selective human alpha(2)- versus alpha(1)-adrenoceptor ligands.

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    Bavadekar, Supriya A; Hong, Seoung-Soo; Lee, Sang-Ii; Miller, Duane D; Feller, Dennis R

    2008-08-20

    Phentolamine is known to act as a competitive, non-subtype-selective alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist. In an attempt to improve alpha(2)- versus alpha(1)-adrenoceptor selectivity and alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtype-selectivity, two new chemical series of bioisosteric phentolamine analogs were prepared and evaluated. These compounds were evaluated for binding affinities on alpha(1)- (alpha(1A)-, alpha(1B)-, alpha(1D)-) and alpha(2)- (alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)-, alpha(2C)-) adrenoceptor subtypes that had been stably expressed in human embryonic kidney and Chinese hamster ovary cell lines, respectively. Methylation of the phenolic hydroxy group and replacement of the 4-methyl group of phentolamine with varying lipophilic substituents yielded bioisosteric analogs selective for the alpha(2)- versus alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. Within the alpha(2)-adrenoceptors, these analogs bound with higher affinity at the alpha(2A)- and alpha(2C)-subtypes as compared to the alpha(2B)-subtype. In particular, the t-butyl analog was found to be the most selective, its binding at the alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor (Ki=3.6 nM) being 37- to 173-fold higher than that at the alpha(1)-adrenoceptors, and around 2- and 19-fold higher than at the alpha(2A)- and alpha(2B)-adrenoceptors, respectively. Data from luciferase reporter gene assays confirmed the functional antagonist activities of selected compounds from the bioisosteric series on human alpha(1A)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors. Thus, the results with these bioisosteric analogs of phentolamine provide a lead to the rational design of potent and selective alpha(2)-adrenoceptor ligands that may be useful in improving the therapeutic profile of this drug class for human disorders.

  8. Attenuation of pain behaviour by local administration of alpha-2 adrenoceptor antagonists to dorsal root ganglia in a rat radiculopathy model.

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    Ogon, I; Takebayashi, T; Miyakawa, T; Iwase, T; Tanimoto, K; Terashima, Y; Jimbo, S; Kobayashi, T; Tohse, N; Yamashita, T

    2016-05-01

    There were several reports suggesting α-adrenoceptor antagonists are effective to treat neuropathic pain. The aims of this study were as follows: (1) to introduce drug delivery system for dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons; (2) to elucidate the effects of α-adrenoceptor antagonists in acute, subacute or chronic phase and (3) to determine which subtype of adrenoceptor was mainly involved. We used 130 male Sprague-Dawley rats. After root constriction, rats received three local injections of α-adrenoceptor antagonists around DRG. We administered the non-selective α-adrenoceptor antagonist phentolamine for 3 consecutive days from day 0, 4 or 11 after the surgery, and the α1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin, the α1-adrenoceptor antagonist silodosin, the more preferred α1-adrenoceptor than prazosin and the α2-adrenoceptor antagonist yohimbine for 3 consecutive days from day 0 after the surgery. Phentolamine and yohimbine continually attenuated pain behaviour. Prazosin at high dose attenuated pain behaviour, however, prazosin at low dose did not attenuate pain behaviour every experimental day. Silodosin had no analgesic effect. Phentolamine injections from day 4 after surgery attenuated pain behaviour that had been established on the 3rd experimental day until the 28th post-operative day, although effect of phentolamine wore off. Phentolamine injections from day 11 after surgery temporarily attenuated pain behaviour that had been established on the 3rd, 7th and 10th experimental days. This study showed α-adrenoceptor antagonists could suppress pain behaviour via α2-adrenoceptor in acute phase and temporary attenuate pain behaviour in chronic phase. These findings presented potentials sympathetic nerve blockade contributed to treat neuropathic pain. © 2015 European Pain Federation - EFIC®

  9. Effects of alpha-adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists on histamine-induced impairment of memory retention of passive avoidance learning in rats.

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    Zarrindast, Mohammad-Reza; Ahmadi, Ramesh; Oryan, Shahrbanoo; Parivar, Kazem; Haeri-Rohani, Ali

    2002-11-15

    The effect of alpha-adrenoceptor agents on the impairment induced by histamine was measured for memory retention of passive avoidance learning in rats. Post-training intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injection was carried out in all the experiments. Histamine (5, 10 and 20 microg/rat) reduced, while a histamine H(1) receptor antagonist, chlorpheniramine (0.1, 1 and 10 microg/rat), increased memory retention. The histamine H(2) receptor antagonist, ranitidine (0.1, 1, 10 and 20 microg/rat), did not elicit any response in this respect. Different doses of chlorpheniramine but not ranitidine reversed the histamine-induced impairment of memory. Clonidine and prazosin decreased, but yohimbine and phenylephrine increased, memory retention. Yohimbine decreased the inhibitory response to histamine. Phenylephrine, clonidine and prazosin did not alter the histamine effect. It is concluded that a histamine-induced impairment of memory retention through histamine H(1) receptors and an alpha(2)-adrenoceptor mechanism may be involved in the histamine response.

  10. Characterization of the alpha-adrenoceptors in the female rabbit urethra.

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    Andersson, K. E.; Larsson, B.; Sjögren, C.

    1984-01-01

    A radioligand binding technique was used to evaluate the proportions of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors in crude membrane preparations obtained from the female rabbit bladder base and urethra. In addition, urethral rings were studied in vitro in an attempt to determine if alpha 1- and/or alpha 2-adrenoceptors are located postjunctionally in the urethral smooth muscle. Studies of the inhibition of [3H]-dihydroergocryptine binding by the selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin or the selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist rauwolscine revealed the alpha-adrenoceptor population to consist of approximately 25% alpha 1-adrenoceptors and 75% alpha 2-adrenoceptors. These proportions were confirmed in saturation studies with [3H]-prazosin and [3H]-rauwolscine. The sum of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors labelled by these selective alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonists was about equal to the number labelled by the non-selective alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist [3H]-dihydroergocryptine. Noradrenaline, as well as the selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine and the selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist clonidine, induced contractions of urethral ring preparations. Prazosin blocked contractions induced by phenylephrine to a greater extent than contractions induced by clonidine. The opposite was true for the inhibitory effect of rauwolscine. In addition to showing that both alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptor binding sites exist in membrane preparations of the rabbit bladder base and urethra, the results reveal the presence of both adrenoceptor subtypes postjunctionally in the rabbit urethra; and both mediate contraction of the smooth muscle. PMID:6322895

  11. Evidence that the plant cannabinoid cannabigerol is a highly potent alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist and moderately potent 5HT1A receptor antagonist.

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    Cascio, M G; Gauson, L A; Stevenson, L A; Ross, R A; Pertwee, R G

    2010-01-01

    Cannabis is the source of at least seventy phytocannabinoids. The pharmacology of most of these has been little investigated, three notable exceptions being Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabivarin. This investigation addressed the question of whether the little-studied phytocannabinoid, cannabigerol, can activate or block any G protein-coupled receptor. The [(35)S]GTPgammaS binding assay, performed with mouse brain membranes, was used to test the ability of cannabigerol to produce G protein-coupled receptor activation or blockade. Its ability to displace [(3)H]CP55940 from mouse CB(1) and human CB(2) cannabinoid receptors and to inhibit electrically evoked contractions of the mouse isolated vas deferens was also investigated. In the brain membrane experiments, cannabigerol behaved as a potent alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonist (EC(50)= 0.2 nM) and antagonized the 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist, R-(+)-8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (apparent K(B)= 51.9 nM). At 10 microM, it also behaved as a CB(1) receptor competitive antagonist. Additionally, cannabigerol inhibited evoked contractions of the vas deferens in a manner that appeared to be alpha(2)-adrenoceptor-mediated (EC(50)= 72.8 nM) and displayed significant affinity for mouse CB(1) and human CB(2) receptors. This investigation has provided the first evidence that cannabigerol can activate alpha(2)-adrenoceptors, bind to cannabinoid CB(1) and CB(2) receptors and block CB(1) and 5-HT(1A) receptors. It will now be important to investigate why cannabigerol produced signs of agonism more potently in the [(35)S]GTPgammaS binding assay than in the vas deferens and also whether it can inhibit noradrenaline uptake in this isolated tissue and in the brain.

  12. Inhibition of human ether-a-go-go-related gene potassium channels by alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin.

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    Thomas, Dierk; Wimmer, Anna-Britt; Wu, Kezhong; Hammerling, Bettina C; Ficker, Eckhard K; Kuryshev, Yuri A; Kiehn, Johann; Katus, Hugo A; Schoels, Wolfgang; Karle, Christoph A

    2004-05-01

    Human ether-a-go-go-related gene (HERG) potassium channels are expressed in multiple tissues including the heart and adenocarcinomas. In cardiomyocytes, HERG encodes the alpha-subunit underlying the rapid component of the delayed rectifier potassium current, I(Kr), and pharmacological reduction of HERG currents may cause acquired long QT syndrome. In addition, HERG currents have been shown to be involved in the regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis. Selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists are commonly used in the treatment of hypertension and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Recently, doxazosin has been associated with an increased risk of heart failure. Moreover, quinazoline-derived alpha 1-inhibitors induce apoptosis in cardiomyocytes and prostate tumor cells independently of alpha1-adrenoceptor blockade. To assess the action of the effects of prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin on HERG currents, we investigated their acute electrophysiological effects on cloned HERG potassium channels heterologously expressed in Xenopus oocytes and HEK 293 cells.Prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin blocked HERG currents in Xenopus oocytes with IC(50) values of 10.1, 18.2, and 113.2 microM respectively, whereas the IC(50) values for HERG channel inhibition in human HEK 293 cells were 1.57 microM, 585.1 nM, and 17.7 microM. Detailed biophysical studies revealed that inhibition by the prototype alpha 1-blocker prazosin occurred in closed, open, and inactivated channels. Analysis of the voltage-dependence of block displayed a reduction of inhibition at positive membrane potentials. Frequency-dependence was not observed. Prazosin caused a negative shift in the voltage-dependence of both activation (-3.8 mV) and inactivation (-9.4 mV). The S6 mutations Y652A and F656A partially attenuated (Y652A) or abolished (F656A) HERG current blockade, indicating that prazosin binds to a common drug receptor within the pore-S6 region. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that HERG

  13. Intrinsic cardiac neurons involved in cardiac regulation possess alpha 1-, alpha 2-, beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptors.

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    Armour, J A

    1997-03-01

    To determine whether intrinsic cardiac neurons involved in cardiac regulation possess alpha 1-, alpha 2-, beta 1-, or beta 2-adrenoceptors. The alpha1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine, the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist clonidine, the beta 1-adrenoceptor agonist prenaterol and the beta 2-adrenoceptor agonist terbutaline were administered individually to a population of spontaneously active intrinsic cardiac neurons either locally (10 microL of 100 microM solution; eight dogs) or via the local arterial blood supply (0.1 mL of 100 microM solution; 20 dogs) in artificially ventilated, open chest anesthetized dogs. Neuronal and cardiac effects induced by each of the adrenergic agonists were also tested in the presence of an antagonist selective to each adrenoceptor subtype studied. The activity of intrinsic cardiac neurons was modified by at least one of the adrenoceptor agonists tested, and 34% of the spontaneously active neurons were affected by all four agonists. Alpha-adrenoceptor agonists either increased or decreased neuronal activity, depending on the population of neurons studied. On the other hand, the activity generated by intrinsic cardiac neurons was augmented by beta-adrenoceptor agonists. Ventricular contractile force increased when intrinsic cardiac neurons were excited by adrenoceptor agonists. The spontaneous activity generated by neurons was suppressed by beta-adrenoceptor, but not alpha-adrenoceptor, blockade. Neuronal and cardiovascular responses were no longer elicited by an agonist in the presence of its selective antagonist; they were elicited in the presence of antagonists to the other receptor subtypes studied. Intrinsic cardiac neurons involved in cardiac regulation possess alpha 1-, alpha 2-, beta 1- or beta 2-adrenoceptors. Intrinsic cardiac adrenergic neurons receive tonic inputs via beta-, but not alpha-, adrenoceptors. These data indicate that adrenergic blockade may affect cardiac function, in part, via modification of the intrinsic

  14. Involvement of central alpha1-adrenoceptors on renal responses to central moxonidine and alpha-methylnoradrenaline.

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    de Andrade, Carina A F; de Andrade, Glaucia M F; De Paula, Patricia M; De Luca, Laurival A; Menani, José V

    2009-04-01

    Moxonidine (alpha2-adrenoceptor/imidazoline receptor agonist) injected into the lateral ventricle induces diuresis, natriuresis and renal vasodilation. Moxonidine-induced diuresis and natriuresis depend on central imidazoline receptors, while central alpha1-adrenoceptors are involved in renal vasodilation. However, the involvement of central alpha1-adrenoceptors on diuresis and natriuresis to central moxonidine was not investigated yet. In the present study, the effects of moxonidine, alpha-methylnoradrenaline (alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist) or phenylephrine (alpha1-adrenoceptor agonist) alone or combined with previous injections of prazosin (alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist), yohimbine or RX 821002 (alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonists) intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.) on urinary sodium, potassium and volume were investigated. Male Holtzman rats (n = 5-18/group) with stainless steel cannula implanted into the lateral ventricle and submitted to gastric water load (10% of body weight) were used. Injections of moxonidine (20 nmol) or alpha-methylnoradrenaline (80 nmol) i.c.v. induced natriuresis (196 +/- 25 and 171 +/- 30, respectively, vs. vehicle: 101 +/- 9 microEq/2 h) and diuresis (9.0 +/- 0.4 and 12.3 +/- 1.6, respectively, vs. vehicle: 5.2 +/- 0.5 ml/2 h). Pre-treatment with prazosin (320 nmol) i.c.v. abolished the natriuresis (23 +/- 4 and 76 +/- 11 microEq/2 h, respectively) and diuresis (5 +/- 1 and 7.6 +/- 0.8 ml/2 h, respectively) produced by i.c.v. moxonidine or alpha-methylnoradrenaline. RX 821002 (320 nmol) i.c.v. abolished the natriuretic effect of alpha-methylnoradrenaline, however, yohimbine (320 nmol) did not change renal responses to moxonidine. Phenylephrine (80 nmol) i.c.v. induced natriuresis and kaliuresis that were blocked by prazosin. Therefore, the present data suggest that moxonidine and alpha-methylnoradrenaline acting on central imidazoline receptors and alpha2-adrenoceptors, respectively, activate central alpha1-adrenergic mechanisms to

  15. alpha-Adrenoceptor blocking properties of raubasine in pithed rats.

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    Demichel, P.; Gomond, P.; Roquebert, J.

    1982-01-01

    1 Raubasine was compared with yohimbine and corynanthine in pithed rats. Antagonist activity at alpha 1-adrenoceptors was evaluated on the pressor response to electrical stimulation of the spinal sympathetic outflow and to phenylephrine administration, both being reduced by raubasine in the dose range 1 to 4 mg/kg. Corynanthine was quantitatively similar, but yohimbine was not only less potent but also in doses of 0.125 to 0.5 mg/kg enhanced the effects of electrical stimulation. 2 Antagonist activity at alpha 2-adrenoceptors was determined against the inhibitory effects of clonidine on tachycardia induced by electrical stimulation of cardiac sympathetic nerves and against the pressor responses to B-HT-933 injection. Raubasine up to 4 mg/kg, like corynanthine, did not affect the pressor responses to B-HT-933 nor did it reduce the inhibitory effect of clonidine. By contrast yohimbine reduced the response to BHT-933 and antagonized clonidine as well as enhancing the tachycardia caused by electrical stimulation. 3 The results indicate that, in vivo, raubasine, like corynanthine, is a selective antagonist at alpha 1-adrenoceptors and that yohimbine is more potent in blocking alpha 2-than alpha 1-adrenoceptors. PMID:6128043

  16. The prostatic urethral angle can predict the response to alpha adrenoceptor antagonist monotherapy for treating nocturia in men with lower urinary tract symptom: A multicenter study

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    Kim, Byung Hoon; Kim, Ki Ho; Ko, Young Hwii; Song, Phil Hyun; Kim, Tae-Hwan; Kim, Bum Soo

    2016-01-01

    Background We evaluated ultrasonography variables associated with the improvement of nocturia after administration of alpha adrenoceptor antagonist (alpha blocker) monotherapy. Methods From February to October 2014, 679 men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) underwent ultrasonography including prostate volume, transitional zone volume, prostatic urethral length, the ratio between prostatic urethral length and prostate volume (RPUL), intravesical prostatic protrusion (IPP), and prostatic urethral angle (PUA). Among them, 108 men who had pre-treatment nocturia without nocturnal polyuria (nocturnal polyuria index < 33%) and were treated with alpha blocker monotherapy over 3 months were enrolled. Patients were divided into the improved (< 2 times of nocturia) and non-improved group (more than 2 times) after administration of alpha blockers. Along with ultrasonography, international prostate symptom score (IPSS) and uroflowmetry was assessed. Results After alpha blocker treatment, 25.0% of patients (27/108) showed improvement of nocturia. These patients were significantly younger (59.6 vs 68.0 years, P = < 0.001) with lower PUA (31.8 vs. 39.4°, P = 0.009) compared with the non-improved group. In ROC analysis, the area under the curve using the PUA was 0.653 (95% CI = 0.532–0.774, P = 0.018). Using 33.5° as a cut-off level, the sensitivity and specificity for predicting the improvement of nocturia after medication reached 67.9% and 55.6%, respectively. Patients with lower PUA (PUA < 33.5°) had more improvement of nocturia (36.6 vs. 17.9%, P = 0.030), lower IPSS score (14.2 vs. 18.3, P = 0.005), and better quality of life index (3.1 vs 3.8, P = 0.021). Conclusions In the patients with lower PUA (particularly lower than 33.5°), nocturia was improved by administration of alpha blocker monotherapy. PMID:27014662

  17. Molecular characterization of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors.

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    Harrison, J K; Pearson, W R; Lynch, K R

    1991-02-01

    Three 'alpha 1-adrenoceptors' and three 'alpha 2-adrenoceptors' have now been cloned. How closely do these receptors match the native receptors that have been identified pharmacologically? What are the properties of these receptors, and how do they relate to other members of the cationic amine receptor family? Kevin Lynch and his colleagues discuss these questions in this review.

  18. Effects of an alpha1A/D-adrenoceptor antagonist, naftopidil, and a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor, tadalafil, on urinary bladder remodeling in rats with spinal cord injury.

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    Kadekawa, Katsumi; Majima, Tsuyoshi; Kawamorita, Naoki; Okada, Hiroki; Yoshizawa, Tsuyoshi; Mori, Kenichi; Tyagi, Pradeep; Sugaya, Kimio; Yoshimura, Naoki

    2017-08-01

    In order to clarify whether an alpha1A/D-adrenoceptor (α1 A/D-AR) antagonist, naftopidil, or a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor, tadalafil, prevents bladder wall remodeling after spinal cord injury (SCI), we examined the bladder and urethral activity as well as ischemic and fibrotic changes in the bladder using SCI rats with or without naftopidil or tadalafil treatment. Adult female Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: (1) normal (spinal cord intact); (2) vehicle SCI; (3) naftopidil SCI; and (4) tadalafil SCI groups. In SCI groups, rats underwent Th9-10 spinal cord transection followed by oral application of vehicle, naftopidil (20 mg/kg/day) or tadalafil (2 mg/kg/day) for 1, 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks. Bladder and urethral pressures, mRNA levels of fibrosis-related molecules and ischemia markers and the composition of bladder collagen and elastin were evaluated. Naftopidil treatment reduced the upregulation of mRNA levels of ischemia and fibrosis markers at the early phase of SCI, and ameliorated the decrease of bladder compliance and voiding efficiency, and the increase of urethral pressure and collagen concentration in the bladder wall at the late phase of SCI. Tadalafil treatment reduced the upregulation of mRNA levels of fibrosis markers, the decrease of bladder compliance and the increase of collagen concentration at the late phase of SCI. These results suggest that naftopidil and tadalafil treatments improved the bladder remodeling shown by increased bladder collagen contents after SCI in a different time course. Thus, these treatments could be effective for reducing the SCI-related tissue remodeling in the bladder. Neurourol. Urodynam. 9999:XX-XX, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Comparison of relaxation responses of cavernous and trigonal smooth muscles from rabbits by alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists; prazosin, terazosin, doxazosin, and tamsulosin.

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    Seo, K. K.; Lee, M. Y.; Lim, S. W.; Kim, S. C.

    1999-01-01

    Alpha1a-adrenergic receptor (AR) primarily mediates the contraction of the prostatic and cavernous smooth muscles. Among clinically available alpha1-AR antagonists for the medical management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), tamsulosin has a modest selectivity for alpha1A- and alpha1D- over alpha1B-ARs. To compare the effects of various alpha1-AR antagonists on relaxation responses of cavernous and trigonal smooth muscles, isometric tension studies with relatively selective (tamsulosin) and non-selective (prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin) alpha1A-AR antagonists, were conducted in the cavernous and trigonal muscle strips of rabbits (n=10 each). Tamsulosin had the strongest inhibitory effect on contraction of trigonal smooth muscle among the various alpha1-AR antagonists, and the inhibitory activities of prazosin, doxazosin, and terazosin were not statistically different. All alpha1-AR antagonists caused concentration-dependent relaxation of the cavernous muscle strips. Tamsulosin was shown to have greater potency than prazosin (more than 100-fold), doxazosin (more than 1000-fold), and terazosin (more than 1000-fold), in relaxation of cavernous smooth muscle. In conclusion, tamsulosin might be the most effective drug among the four commonly used alpha1-AR antagonists for the medical management of BPH. Tamsulosin might be a potential substitute for phentolamine in combination with vasoactive agents as an intracavernous injection therapy for patients with erectile dysfunction. PMID:10102527

  20. Binding of yohimbine stereoisomers to alpha-adrenoceptors in rat liver and human platelets.

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    Ferry, N.; Goodhardt, M.; Hanoune, J.; Sevenet, T.

    1983-01-01

    1--Displacement of tritiated prazosin binding to rat liver plasma membranes and tritiated yohimbine human platelet membranes shows that (+)-yohimbine, alloyohimbine and alpha-yohimbine (rauwolscine) are selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonists (KD alpha 1/KD alpha 2:635, 46.6 and 112 respectively) whereas corynanthine is more alpha 1-selective (KD alpha 1/KD alpha 2:0.036). 2--11-Methoxy derivatives of alpha-yohimbine and epi-alpha-yohimbine are very weak alpha-adrenoceptor blockers. 3--It is concluded that the aromatic A ring, the Nb atom, and the carboxymethyl moiety are important for the binding of yohimbine to the alpha-adrenoceptor, the carboxymethyl group being important for the alpha 1/alpha 2 specificity of the molecule. PMID:6299443

  1. Studies on quinazolines. 5. 2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2-c]quinazoline derivatives: a novel class of potent and selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists and antihypertensive agents.

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    Chern, J W; Tao, P L; Yen, M H; Lu, G Y; Shiau, C Y; Lai, Y J; Chien, S L; Chan, C H

    1993-07-23

    A series of 2-[(substituted phenylpiperazin-1-yl)methyl]- and 2-[(substituted phenylpiperidin-1-yl)methyl]-2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2- c]quinazolin-5(6H)-ones or -5(6H)-thiones, and 3-[(substituted phenylpiperazin-1-yl)methyl]-2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2-c]quinaz oline derivatives were synthesized, as conformationally restricted analogues of SGB-1534 and ketanserin, for evaluation as alpha-antagonists and antihypertensive agents. Most compounds containing a (substituted phenylipiperazinyl)methyl side chain displayed high binding affinity for alpha 1-adrenoceptor with no significant activity at alpha 2-sites. Compounds having a (substituted phenylpiperazinyl)methyl at the 3-position of 2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2-c]quinazolin-5(6H)-one ring system had a better activity than those with the same substituent at the 2-position. Structure-activity relationships for alpha 1-adrenoceptor affinity are presented and indicate that compounds with substitution at the ortho position on the benzene ring of the phenylpiperazine side chain moiety are more potent than those without substitution and/or substitutions at the 3- and 4-positions. Computer-assisted superimposition of SGB-1534 and 20b showed little structural correspondence between the quinazolinone and 2,3-dihydroimidazo[1,2-c]quinazoline nucleus, and specific interactions of these molecular fragments with the receptor protein appear unlikely. Antihypertensive activity was evaluated via intravenous administration of each compound to spontaneously hypertensive rats, and compounds (16a, 16b, 20b, and 28b) illustrated similar efficacy to SGB-1534 when assessed after 6 h. The pA2 value for 16a against phenylephedrine in rat aorta was much higher than that of prazosin. On the basis of alpha 1-adrenoceptor affinity/selectivity in vitro and duration of antihypertensive action in vivo, compounds 20b and 28b warrant further evaluation.

  2. Pre- and postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor blocking activity of raubasine in the rat vas deferens.

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    Demichel, P.; Gomond, P.; Roquebert, J.

    1981-01-01

    1 The actions of raubasine, yohimbine and corynanthine at pre- and postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors were studied in the rat vas deferens. 2 Low frequency electrical stimulation of the isolated vas deferens of the rat produced regular contractions that were inhibited by low concentrations of clonidine. This inhibition was presynaptic in origin and involved alpha-adrenoceptors. 3 Presynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist activity was assessed by studying the effect of increasing antagonist concentrations on cumulative clonidine dose-response curves on the stimulated vas deferens. 4 Postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist activity in the isolated vas deferens was assessed by comparing control cumulative noradrenaline dose-response curves in the absence and in the presence of increasing concentrations of antagonists. 5 The results indicate that raubasine and corynanthine preferentially block postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors. Yohimbine is more potent in blocking pre- than postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors. The ration of the pre/postsynaptic potency declines in the order yohimbine less than raubasine less than corynanthine. PMID:6118191

  3. Alpha1A-adrenoceptors predominate in the control of blood pressure in mouse mesenteric vascular bed.

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    Martínez-Salas, S G; Campos-Peralta, J M; Pares-Hipolito, J; Gallardo-Ortíz, I A; Ibarra, M; Villalobos-Molina, R

    2007-07-01

    1 The pressor action of the alpha1A-adrenoceptor agonist, A61603 (N-[5-(4,5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)-2-hydroxy-5,6,7,8-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl] methanesulfonamide) or the alpha1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine, and their blockade by selective alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists in the mouse isolated mesenteric vascular bed were evaluated. 2 A61603 showed a approximately 235-fold higher potency in elevating perfusion pressure in mesenteric bed compared to phenylephrine. 3 The alpha1A-adrenoceptor selective antagonist RS 100329 (5-methyl-3-[3-[4-[2-(2,2,2,-trifluoroethoxy) phenyl]-1-piperazinyl] propyl]-2,4-(1H)-pyrimidinedione), displaced with high affinity agonist concentration-response curves to the right in a concentration-dependent manner. 4 The alpha1D-adrenoceptor selective antagonist BMY 7378 (8-[2-[4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-1-piperazinyl]ethyl]-8-azaspiro[4.5] decane-7,9-dione), did not displace A61603 nor did it block the phenylephrine-induced pressor response. 5 The alpha1B/D-adrenoceptor alkylating antagonist chloroethylclonidine (CEC), caused a rightward shift of the phenylephrine concentration-response curve and reduced its maximum response; however, CEC only slightly modified A61603 evoked contraction. 6 The results indicate that the isolated mouse mesenteric vascular bed expresses alpha1A-adrenoceptors and suggest a very discrete role for 1B-adrenoceptors.

  4. Mediation of noradrenaline-induced contractions of rat aorta by the alpha 1B-adrenoceptor subtype.

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    Testa, R; Guarneri, L; Poggesi, E; Simonazzi, I; Taddei, C; Leonardi, A

    1995-01-01

    1. The subtypes of alpha 1-adrenoceptor mediating contractions to exogenous noradrenaline (NA) in rat aorta have been examined in both biochemical and functional studies. 2. Incubation of rat aortic membranes with the irreversible alpha 1B-adrenoceptor antagonist, chloroethylclonidine (CEC: 10 microM) did not change the KD of [3H]-prazosin binding in comparison to untreated membranes, but reduced by 88% the total number of binding sites (Bmax). 3. Contractions of rat aortic strips to NA after CEC (50 microM for 30 min) incubation followed by repetitive washing, showed a marked shift in the potency of NA and a partial reduction in the maximum response. The residual contractions to NA after CEC incubation were not affected by prazosin (10 nM). 4. The competitive antagonists prazosin, terazosin, (R)-YM-12617, phentolamine, 5-methylurapidil and spiperone inhibited contractions to NA with estimated pA2 values of 9.85, 8.54, 9.34, 7.71, 7.64 and 8.41, respectively. 5. The affinity of the same antagonists for the alpha 1A- and alpha 1B- adrenoceptors was evaluated by utilizing membranes from rat hippocampus pretreated with CEC, and rat liver, respectively. 5-Methylurapidil and phentolamine were confirmed as selective for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptors, whereas spiperone was alpha 1B-selective. 6. A significant correlation was found between the pA2 values of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists tested and their affinity for the alpha 1B-adrenoceptor subtype, but not for the alpha 1A-subtype. 7. In conclusion, these findings indicate that in rat aorta most of the contraction is mediated by alpha 1B-adrenoceptors, and that the potency (pA2) of an antagonist in this tissue should be related to its antagonistic effect on this subtype of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor population. PMID:7773533

  5. beta-1 and beta-2, but not alpha-1 and alpha-2, adrenoceptor blockade delays rat cutaneous wound healing.

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    Romana-Souza, Bruna; Santos, Jeanine S; Monte-Alto-Costa, Andréa

    2009-01-01

    The sympathetic nervous system plays an important role in wound healing, but its mechanism of action is poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of beta- and alpha-adrenoceptor blockade on cutaneous wound healing. Male rats were treated with propranolol (beta1- and beta2-antagonist), atenolol (beta1-antagonist), or phentolamine (alpha1- and alpha2-antagonist) dissolved in drinking water. A full-thickness excisional lesion was created and the wound area was measured. Fourteen days after wounding, lesions and adjacent skin were removed, formalin-fixed, and paraffin-embedded. Sections were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and toluidine blue, and immunostained for alpha-smooth muscle actin and proliferating cell nuclear antigen. Wound contraction was delayed in propranolol- and atenolol-treated animals but not in phentolamine-treated animals. Reepithelialization was decreased only in propranolol-treated animals. beta1- and beta2-adrenoceptor blockade delayed leukocyte migration, epidermal and connective tissue cell proliferation, myofibroblastic differentiation, and mast cell migration. The volume density of blood vessels was increased in the propranolol- and atenolol-treated animals compared with controls. The levels of matrix metalloproteases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) decreased in the propranolol- and atenolol-treated animals. alpha1- and alpha2-adrenoceptor blockade only affected leukocyte migration, epithelial and connective tissue cell proliferation, and pro-MMP-9 levels. In conclusion, beta-1 and beta-2, but not alpha-1 and alpha-2, adrenoceptor blockade delays cutaneous wound healing.

  6. A Role for Presynaptic alpha(sub 2)-Adrenoceptors in Angiotensin 2-Induced Drinking in Rats

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    Fregly, Melvin J.; Rowland, Neil E.; Greenleaf, John E.

    1984-01-01

    Studies from this laboratory have shown that either central or peripheral administration of clonidine, the alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptor agonist, can attenuate a variety of dipsogenic stimuli in rats. Further, yohimbine and tolazoline, alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptor antagonists, augment the drinking response to both peripherally administered isoproterenol and angiotensin 2. Studies reported here establish a dose-inhibition relationship between the dose of clonidine administered (2 to 32 micrograms/kg) intracerebroventricularly (IVT) and inhibition of the drinking response to peripherally administered angiotensin 2 (200 micrograms/kg, SC). DI(sub 50) was approximately 4 micrograms/kg. Yohimbine (300 micrograms/kg, SC) reversed the antidipsogenic effect of centrally administered clonidine (32 micrograms/kg, IVT) on angiotensin 2-induced (200 micrograms/kg, SC) water intake. Phenylephrine, an alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptor agonist, administered IVT (40 and 80 micrograms/kg) also inhibited angiotensin 2-induced drinking in a dose-related fashion. The antidipsogenic effect of phenylephfine (80 micrograms/kg) was blocked by administration of yohimbine (100 micrograms/kg, SC). Thus, this effect of phenylephrine most likely occurs by way of alpha(sub 2)- adrenoceptors. These results support a role for the pre-synaptic alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptor in the mediation of drinking in rats. Activation of alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptors is accompanied by reduced water intake while inhibition of these receptors enhances water intake.

  7. A Role for Presynaptic alpha(sub 2)-Adrenoceptors in Angiotensin 2-Induced Drinking in Rats

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    Fregly, Melvin J.; Rowland, Neil E.; Greenleaf, John E.

    1984-01-01

    Studies from this laboratory have shown that either central or peripheral administration of clonidine, the alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptor agonist, can attenuate a variety of dipsogenic stimuli in rats. Further, yohimbine and tolazoline, alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptor antagonists, augment the drinking response to both peripherally administered isoproterenol and angiotensin 2. Studies reported here establish a dose-inhibition relationship between the dose of clonidine administered (2 to 32 micrograms/kg) intracerebroventricularly (IVT) and inhibition of the drinking response to peripherally administered angiotensin 2 (200 micrograms/kg, SC). DI(sub 50) was approximately 4 micrograms/kg. Yohimbine (300 micrograms/kg, SC) reversed the antidipsogenic effect of centrally administered clonidine (32 micrograms/kg, IVT) on angiotensin 2-induced (200 micrograms/kg, SC) water intake. Phenylephrine, an alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptor agonist, administered IVT (40 and 80 micrograms/kg) also inhibited angiotensin 2-induced drinking in a dose-related fashion. The antidipsogenic effect of phenylephfine (80 micrograms/kg) was blocked by administration of yohimbine (100 micrograms/kg, SC). Thus, this effect of phenylephrine most likely occurs by way of alpha(sub 2)- adrenoceptors. These results support a role for the pre-synaptic alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptor in the mediation of drinking in rats. Activation of alpha(sub 2)-adrenoceptors is accompanied by reduced water intake while inhibition of these receptors enhances water intake.

  8. Prediction of alpha1-adrenoceptor occupancy in the human prostate from plasma concentrations of silodosin, tamsulosin and terazosin to treat urinary obstruction in benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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    Yamada, Shizuo; Kato, Yasuhiro; Okura, Takashi; Kagawa, Yoshiyuki; Kawabe, Kazuki

    2007-07-01

    Alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists are clinically useful for the improvement of urinary obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and their therapeutic effects are mediated through the blockade of prostatic alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. The present study was undertaken to predict the magnitude and duration of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy in the human prostate after oral alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists. Prostatic alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-binding parameters of silodosin were estimated by measuring specific [(3)H]prazosin binding in rat prostate after oral administration of this drug. The plasma concentration of silodosin after oral administration in rats and healthy volunteers was measured using a high-performance liquid chromatographic method. The alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-binding affinities (K(i)) of silodosin, tamsulosin, and terazosin in the human prostate and plasma concentrations of tamsulosin and terazosin were obtained from the literature. Using the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor binding parameters of silodosin in rat prostate, alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy in the human prostate was estimated to be around 60-70% at 1-6 h after oral administration of silodosin at doses of 3.0, 8.1, and 16.1 micromol. Thereafter, the receptor occupancy was periodically decreased, to 24% (8.1 micromol) and 54% (16.1 micromol) 24 h later. A similar magnitude and time course of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy by silodosin in the human prostate were estimated using alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-binding affinities (K(i)) in the human prostate. Despite about two orders of differences in the plasma unbound concentrations after clinically effective oral dosages of silodosin, tamsulosin, and terazosin, there was a comparable magnitude of prostatic alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy by these drugs. In conclusion, the prediction of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor occupancy in the human prostate by alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists may provide the rationale for the optimum dosage regimen of these drugs in the

  9. Vaninolol: a new selective beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist derived from vanillin.

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    Wu, B N; Hwang, T L; Liao, C F; Chen, I J

    1994-07-05

    The beta-adrenoceptor blocking properties of vaninolol ((+/-)4-[4'-(2-hydroxy-3-tert-butyl-aminopropoxy)-3'-methoxyphenyl]- 3-buten-2-one), derived from vanillin, were first investigated under in vivo and in vitro conditions. Vaninolol (0.1, 0.5, 1.0 mg/kg, i.v.), as well as propranolol, produced a dose-dependent bradycardia response and a sustained pressor action in urethane-anesthetized normotensive rats. Vaninolol inhibited the tachycardia effects induced by (-)isoproterenol, but had no blocking effect on the arterial pressor responses induced by phenylephrine. These findings suggested that vaninolol possessed beta-adrenergic blocking activity, but was without alpha-adrenergic blocking activity. In isolated guinea-pig tissues, vaninolol antagonized (-)isoproterenol-induced positive inotropic and chronotropic effects of the atria and tracheal relaxation responses in a concentration-dependent manner. The parallel shift to the right of the concentration-response curve of (-)isoproterenol suggested that vaninolol was a beta-adrenoceptor competitive antagonist. The effect of vaninolol was more potent on the atria than on tracheal tissues, indicating it had some beta 1-adrenoceptor selectivity. On the other hand, the order of the hydrophilicity was atenolol > vaninolol > propranolol. In addition, vaninolol had a mild direct cardiac depression at high concentrations and was without intrinsic sympathomimetic activity (ISA). Furthermore, binding characteristics of vaninolol and other beta-adrenoceptor antagonists were evaluated in [3H]dihydroalprenolol binding to guinea-pig ventricular membranes. The order of potency of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists in competing for the binding sites was (-)propranolol > vaninolol > or = atenolol. In conclusion, vaninolol was found to be a selective beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist with relatively low lipophilicity in comparison with propranolol, devoid of ISA, and had a mild myocardial depressant effect.

  10. Inhibition of [11C]mirtazapine binding by alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonists studied by positron emission tomography in living porcine brain.

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    Smith, Donald F; Dyve, Suzan; Minuzzi, Luciano; Jakobsen, Steen; Munk, Ole L; Marthi, Katalin; Cumming, Paul

    2006-06-15

    We have developed [(11)C]mirtazapine as a ligand for PET studies of antidepressant binding in living brain. However, previous studies have determined neither optimal methods for quantification of [(11)C]mirtazapine binding nor the pharmacological identity of this binding. To obtain that information, we have now mapped the distribution volume (V(d)) of [(11)C]mirtazapine relative to the arterial input in the brain of three pigs, in a baseline condition and after pretreatment with excess cold mirtazapine (3 mg/kg). Baseline V(d) ranged from 6 ml/ml in cerebellum to 18 ml/ml in frontal cortex, with some evidence for a small self-displaceable binding component in the cerebellum. Regional binding potentials (pBs) obtained by a constrained two-compartment model, using the V(d) observation in cerebellum, were consistently higher than pBs obtained by other arterial input or reference tissue methods. We found that adequate quantification of pB was obtained using the simplified reference tissue method. Concomitant PET studies with [(15)O]-water indicated that mirtazapine challenge increased CBF uniformly in cerebellum and other brain regions, supporting the use of this reference tissue for calculation of [(11)C]mirtazapine pB. Displacement by mirtazapine was complete in the cerebral cortex, but only 50% in diencephalon, suggesting the presence of multiple binding sites of differing affinities in that tissue. Competition studies with yohimbine and RX 821002 showed decreases in [(11)C]mirtazapine pB throughout the forebrain; use of the multireceptor version of the Michaelis-Menten equation indicated that 42% of [(11)C]mirtazapine binding in cortical regions is displaceable by yohimbine. Thus, PET studies confirm that [(11)C]mirtazapine affects alpha(2)-adrenoceptor binding sites in living brain.

  11. The physiological and pharmacological role of presynaptic alpha- and beta-adrenoceptors in man.

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    Brown, M J; Struthers, A D; Burrin, J M; Di Silvio, L; Brown, D C

    1985-01-01

    Two studies were performed each in six normal volunteers in order to find evidence of either a physiological or pharmacological role of presynaptic alpha- and presynaptic beta-adrenoceptors in man. In Study 1 subjects received a 60 min infusion of guanfacine 3 mg (alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist) preceded by either idazoxan (alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist) or vehicle. Guanfacine reduced plasma noradrenaline concentration by approximately 30% and this fall was not antagonised by the alpha 2-receptor antagonist. The 30-fold increase in plasma growth hormone, measured as a marker of the central action of guanfacine, was almost completely blocked by idazoxan. A comparison of the drug concentrations of idazoxan and guanfacine, together with their relative affinities for alpha 2-adrenoceptors, suggested that the idazoxan could not block the peripheral actions of guanfacine and that these were responsible for the fall in plasma noradrenaline concentration. In Study 2 adrenaline 0.05 micrograms kg-1 min-1 was infused for 80 min preceded by either idazoxan or vehicle. After vehicle, adrenaline caused no change in plasma noradrenaline concentration whereas it rose approximately 25% after administration of idazoxan. This was probably due to unmasking of presynaptic beta-adrenoceptor stimulation by adrenaline when the opposing inhibitory autoreceptor was blocked. PMID:2868743

  12. Combined administration of alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin and beta-blocker propranolol impairs spatial avoidance learning on a dry arena.

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    Petrasek, Tomas; Doulames, Vanessa; Prokopova, Iva; Vales, Karel; Stuchlik, Ales

    2010-04-02

    Spatial learning is a widely studied type of animal behavior often considered as a model of higher human cognitive functions. Noradrenergic receptors play a modulatory role in many nerve functions, including vigilance, attention, reward, learning and memory. The present study aimed at studying the effects of separate or combined systemic administration of the alpha1-adrenergic antagonist prazosin (1 and 2 mg/kg) and beta-blocker propranolol (5 and 20 mg/kg) on the hippocampus-dependent learning in the active allothetic place avoidance (AAPA) task. Both centrally active drugs impaired spatial learning when administered together, exerting no effect in separate applications. Locomotion was impaired only in a combined application of higher doses of both drugs (2 mg/kg prazosin and 20 mg/kg propranolol). These results suggest an in vivo interaction between these two types of receptors in spatial navigation regulation.

  13. Responses to noradrenaline in human subcutaneous resistance arteries are mediated by both alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors.

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    Nielsen, H.; Mortensen, F. V.; Mulvany, M. J.

    1990-01-01

    1. In vitro experiments in a microvascular myograph were designed to characterize postjunctional alpha-adrenoceptors of human subcutaneous resistance arteries (normalised internal diameter 143-313 microns). 2. Both the alpha 1-selective agonist phenylephrine in the presence of 0.3 microM yohimbine and the alpha 2-selective agonist B-HT 933 in the presence of 0.3 microM prazosin elicited prominent and concentration-dependent contractions. The maximum response to phenylephrine and B-HT 933 was not different from the response to high K physiological salt solution (125 mM K+), and the pD2 values (-log EC50) were 5.90 and 6.11, respectively. 3. In the presence of the alpha 2-selective antagonist yohimbine (0.3 microM), the alpha 1-selective antagonist prazosin competitively antagonised the responses to phenylephrine; the pA2 of prazosin for the receptor which mediated the response to phenylephrine was 8.41. 4. Blockade of either alpha 2-adrenoceptors with 0.1 microM yohimbine or alpha 1-adrenoceptors with 0.1 microM prazosin caused shifts to the right of the noradrenaline concentration-response curves and the shifts in pD2 were 0.69 and 0.61, respectively. The combination of the two antagonists at the above-mentioned concentrations caused a marked, parallel shift to the right of the noradrenaline concentration-response curve, the shift of the pD2 was 2.68. 5. These results suggest that activation of both alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors produces contractions in human subcutaneous resistance arteries, and that responses to noradrenaline in these vessels are mediated by both alpha-adrenoceptor subtypes. PMID:1970494

  14. Modulation of noradrenergic transmission in the rat isolated portal vein: role of prejunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors and beta-adrenoceptors.

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    Ortiz de Urbina, A V; Davy, M; Midol-Monnet, M; Heimburger, M; Beslot, F; Cohen, Y

    1992-07-01

    1. The effect of several adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists on the spontaneous and stimulus-evoked release of [3H]noradrenaline was studied in rat isolated portal vein. 2. Yohimbine (10(-6)M) increased the stimulus-evoked [3H]noradrenaline efflux. Adrenaline alone (3 x 10(-6)M) was without effect, while it increased the resting efflux when added together with yohimbine. 3. Propranolol alone was without effect on the release of [3H]noradrenaline. When added (2 x 10(-6)M) at the same time as yohimbine, it reduced the stimulation-induced 3H efflux. When added before adrenaline and yohimbine, propranolol (10(-5)M) reduced both spontaneous and stimulus-evoked release of [3H]noradrenaline. 4. The effect of several beta-blocking drugs was measured on the enhancing effect of yohimbine on the stimulation-evoked 3H efflux. The beta 1-adrenoceptor blocking drugs: atenolol (5 x 10(-6) and 10(-5) M), metoprolol (5 x 10(-6) and 10(-5) M), like the more selective bisoprolol (2 x 10(-6) and 4 x 10(-6) M) inhibited yohimbine activity. Likewise, propranolol (2 x 10(-6) and 5 x 10(-6)M) and the beta 2-adrenoceptor blocker ICI 118551 exhibited an antagonistic effect. 5. These results indicate the possibility for noradrenaline to activate presynaptic beta-adrenoceptors in rat portal vein. They show an interaction between the presynpatic alpha 2- and beta-adrenoceptor mediated systems in the release of noradrenaline. They suggest the presence and the activity of facilitatory beta 1-adrenoceptors.

  15. Functional role of alpha2-adrenoceptor subtypes in the cooling-enhanced vasoconstriction of isolated cutaneous digital veins of the horse.

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    Zerpa, Hector; Berhane, Yoel; Elliott, Jonathan; Bailey, Simon R

    2010-02-10

    Cooling-enhanced contractile responses in cutaneous arteries have been reported to involve the activation of alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors, but their role in cutaneous veins is not clearly understood. The aim was to pharmacologically characterize the subtype of postsynaptic alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in the equine digital vein mediating contraction at two temperatures. The increase in isometric tension of endothelium-denuded equine digital vein in response to UK-14304 was studied in the absence and presence of relatively selective alpha(2)-adrenoceptor antagonists at temperatures of either 30 degrees C (the peripheral digit temperature of horses maintained in a thermoneutral environment) or 22 degrees C. The response to UK-14304 was enhanced by cooling and antagonised by RX-821002 (alpha(2)-adrenoceptor non-selective; 30 degrees C: apparent pK(b)=8.5; 22 degrees C: pK(b)=8.2) and yohimbine (alpha(2)-adrenoceptor non-selective; 30 degrees C: apparent pK(b)=7.2; 22 degrees C: apparent pK(b)=7.4). The response at 30 degrees C was non-surmountably antagonised by BRL-44408 (alpha(2A)-adrenoceptor-selective; apparent pK(b)=8.9) and MK-912 (alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor-selective: apparent pK(b)=9.9). JP-1302 (alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor-selective) surmountably antagonised the response with a low potency (apparent pK(b)=5.6) at 30 degrees C. The response at 22 degrees C was surmountably antagonised by: BRL-44408 (alpha(2A)-adrenoceptor-selective; apparent pK(b)=6.5); MK-912 (alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor-selective; pK(b)=9.7) and JP-1302 (alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor-selective; apparent pK(b)=7.5). ARC-239 (alpha(2B)-adrenoceptor-selective) did not affect the response at either temperature. The apparent potency of the different antagonists and their non-surmountable effect, suggests that the UK-14304 response at 30 degrees C could be mediated by alpha(2A)-adrenoceptors and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors. By contrast, the alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor appears to be the main alpha(2)-adrenoceptor mediating the augmented

  16. Inhibition of antipyrine metabolism by beta-adrenoceptor antagonists.

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    Bax, N D; Lennard, M S; Tucker, G T

    1981-12-01

    1 The effects of two beta-adrenoceptor antagonists (propranolol and metoprolol), and of the beta-adrenoceptor agonist, terbutaline, on the plasma kinetics of antipyrine were studied in five normal subjects. In addition, the influence of propranolol on the clearance of antipyrine to three of its major metabolites was investigated. 2 At the same level of beta-adrenoceptor blockade, assessed by lowering of exercise tachycardia, propranolol decreased antipyrine clearance by 37.3 +/- 9.9 s.d. % (P less than 0.001) and metoprolol decreased it by 18.0 +/- 4.7 s.d. % (P less than 0.01). Terbutaline had no effect on antipyrine clearance. The volume of distribution of antipyrine was unchanged following treatment with all three drugs. 3 Only the metabolic clearance of antipyrine to its 3-hydroxymethyl product was impaired to a statistically significant degree by propranolol. However, four of the five subjects also showed impaired clearance to 4-hydroxyantipyrine and three of the five to norantipyrine after propranolol treatment. In four of the five subjects propranolol lowered the renal clearance of antipyrine. 4 Inhibition of the metabolism of antipyrine by beta-adrenoceptor antagonists may be related to their lipid-solubility and extent of metabolism and is independent of their effect on beta-adrenoreceptors.

  17. Interaction of berberine with human platelet. alpha. sub 2 adrenoceptors

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    Hui, Ka Kit; Yu, Jun Liang; Chan, Wai Fong A.; Tse, E. )

    1991-01-01

    Berberine was found to inhibit competitively the specific binding of ({sup 3}H)-yohimbine. The displacement curve was parallel to those of clonidine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, with the rank order of potency (IC{sub 50}) being clonidine {gt} epinephrine {gt} norepinephrine (14.5 {mu}M) = berberine. Increasing concentrations of berberine from 0.1 {mu}M to 10 {mu}M inhibited ({sup 3}H)-yohimbine binding, shifting the saturation binding curve to the right without decreasing the maximum binding capacity. In platelet cyclic AMP accumulation experiments, berberine at concentrations of 0.1 {mu}M to 0.1 mM inhibited the cAMP accumulation induced by 10 {mu}M prostaglandin E{sub 1} in a dose dependent manner, acting as an {alpha}{sub 2} adrenoceptor agonist. In the presence of L-epinephrine, berberine blocked the inhibitory effect of L-epinephrine behaving as an {alpha}{sub 2} adrenoceptor antagonist.

  18. New potential uroselective NO-donor alpha1-antagonists.

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    Boschi, Donatella; Tron, Gian Cesare; Di Stilo, Antonella; Fruttero, Roberta; Gasco, Alberto; Poggesi, Elena; Motta, Gianni; Leonardi, Amedeo

    2003-08-14

    A recent uroselective alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, REC15/2739, has been joined with nitrooxy and furoxan NO-donor moieties to give new NO-donor alpha(1)-antagonists. All the compounds studied proved to be potent and selective ligands of human cloned alpha(1a)-receptor subtype. Derivatives 6 and 7 were able to relax the prostatic portion of rat vas deferens contracted by (-)-noradrenaline because of both their alpha(1A)-antagonist and their NO-donor properties.

  19. Central effects of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists. II--Electroencephalogram and body sway.

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    Nicholson, A N; Wright, N A; Zetlein, M B; Currie, D; McDevitt, D G

    1988-01-01

    1. Effects of the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists, propranolol (40, 80 and 160 mg) and atenolol (50 and 100 mg) on the electroencephalogram and on body sway, were studied in 12 healthy male subjects. The study was double-blind, and included two placebos and an active control, oxazepam (15 mg). Medication was ingested at 11.00 h, and assessments were made before, and at 2 h and 4 h after ingestion. 2. All doses of both beta-adrenoceptor antagonists modified the electroencephalogram, and the changes reported were statistically significant at probability levels of less than 5%. The circadian rise in alpha activity was reduced by both beta-adrenoceptor antagonists as well as by oxazepam. Atenolol also decreased beta activity. 3. Body sway was modified by atenolol and oxazepam (P less than 0.05). The increase with oxazepam was most marked in the low frequency component (0.05-2.25 Hz) of the spectrum, while atenolol modified only the component of higher frequency (2.25-4.0 Hz). 4. These observations suggest that propranolol and atenolol have a sedative effect, and that hydrophilic antagonists are unlikely to be free of central activity. The changes in body sway could imply that peripheral mechanisms may be modified at least with atenolol. PMID:2905149

  20. Affinity and selectivity of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists in vitro

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    Wellstein, A.; Palm, D.; Belz, G.G.

    1986-01-01

    The potency order of the catecholamines (-)-isoprenaline (Iso), (-)-noradrenaline (NA), and (-)-adrenaline (Adr) in competition for radiolabelled sites is used for their pharmacological classification. It is shown that the radioligand /sup 3/H-CGP 12177 exclusively labels beta 1-adrenoceptors in rat salivary gland membranes (Iso greater than NA greater than Adr), and beta 2-adrenoceptors in rat reticulocytes (Iso greater than Adr greater than or equal to NA). These models are then used to derive the subtype-selectivity of the classical beta-adrenoceptor antagonists (+/-)-propranolol (prop; twofold beta 2-selective) and (+/-)-atenolol (aten; 35-fold beta 1-selective), as well as of the newer antagonists (+/-)-betaxolol and (+/-)-bisoprolol (betax and biso; 35-fold and 75-fold beta 1-selective, respectively). The ligand with the highest selectivity is ICI 118,551 (ICI), with a 300-fold beta 2-subtype selectivity. For comparison with antagonistic effects in humans at given plasma concentrations, the equilibrium dissociation constants of the ligands are measured in the presence of native human plasma and yield values for the relative selectively labelled subtype in the mean (Ki-values in nmol/l): prop: 20, aten: 250, biso: 24, betax: 23, and ICI: 2.5.

  1. A tyrosine kinase regulates alpha-adrenoceptor-stimulated contraction and phospholipase D activation in the rat aorta.

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    Jinsi, A; Paradise, J; Deth, R C

    1996-04-29

    Since previous studies had indicated a role for tyrosine kinases in alpha 2-adrenoceptor-induced contractile responses in other blood vessels, as well as in the activation of phospholipase D, we examined the sensitivity of these responses in rat aorta to the tyrosine kinase inhibitor genistein. Contractions induced by both noradrenaline and the alpha 2-adrenoceptor-selective agonist UK14304 (5-bromo-6-[2-imidazolin-2-yl-amino]-quinoxaline) were fully inhibited by genistein, with the latter responses being more sensitive. Contractions induced by high K+ buffer were also inhibited, but to a lesser extent. Both agonists caused a stimulation of phospholipase D activity, which could be blocked by pretreatment with pertussis toxin, indicating involvement of either Gi or Go. Genistein completely inhibited the agonist-induced phospholipase D activity and also substantially reduced the basal level of phospholipase D activity. Pretreatment with either the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin or the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist rauwolscine was also effective in eliminating the agonist-induced increase of phospholipase D. These results indicate that a tyrosine kinase-regulated phospholipase D plays a critical role in alpha-adrenoceptor-induced contractions of the rat aorta and that stimulation of both alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors is essential to allow phospholipase activation.

  2. Effects of raubasine stereoisomers on pre- and postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors in the rat vas deferens.

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    Demichel, P.; Roquebert, J.

    1984-01-01

    The actions of raubasine, tetrahydroalstonine and akuammigine were studied on pre- and postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors of the rat vas deferens. These three drugs competitively antagonized the effect of noradrenaline on postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors, yielding pA2 values of 6.57, 4.56 and 4.68 respectively. The presynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist activity of the drugs was quantitatively determined by studying the effect of increasing concentrations on the clonidine dose-response curve in the electrically stimulated vas deferens. The inhibitory effect of clonidine could be competitively blocked by these three compounds and the pA2 values for raubasine, tetrahydroalstonine and akuammigine were 6.02, 7.71 and 5.64 respectively. These results indicate that: akuammigine is a very weak antagonist at pre- and postsynaptic sites; raubasine acts preferentially at postsynaptic sites; tetrahydroalstonine is a highly selective presynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor blocking agent. The ratio of the pre/postsynaptic potency declines in the order tetrahydroalstonine greater than akuammigine greater than raubasine. PMID:6091834

  3. Alterations in alpha sub 1 - adrenoceptor function in rabbit aortic smooth muscle after long term administration of verapamil

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    Aceto, J.F.

    1988-01-01

    Aortic rings from naive rabbits and rabbits previously treated with large doses of verapamil for eight days were studied in vitro on day nine. Treated rings showed a decrease in norepinephrine potency and maximum developed isometric tension. Standard tissue bath analysis revealed a significant increase in the apparent dissociation constant of norepinephrine for the adrenoceptor which partly accounts for the decreased potency. Similar changes in potency and efficacy were found with other selected vasoconstrictors namely angiotensin, serotonin, and KCl. In contrast to the affinity change for norepinephrine, the alpha-adrenoceptor specific antagonist phentolamine revealed no change in adrenoceptor affinity after verapamil pretreatment. Further investigation using direct binding with {sup 125}I-labelled BE 2254, a high affinity alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist, showed only a slight decrease in the affinity of the pretreated tissues studied, thereby confirming that the main effect of chronic verapamil is peculiar to agonists.

  4. Betaxolol, a beta(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, reduces Na(+) influx into cortical synaptosomes by direct interaction with Na(+) channels: comparison with other beta-adrenoceptor antagonists.

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    Chidlow, G; Melena, J; Osborne, N N

    2000-06-01

    Betaxolol, a beta(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist used for the treatment of glaucoma, is known to be neuroprotective in paradigms of ischaemia/excitotoxicity. In this study, we examined whether betaxolol and other beta-adrenoceptor antagonists interact directly with neurotoxin binding to sites 1 and 2 of the voltage-sensitive sodium channel (Na(+) channel) in rat cerebrocortical synaptosomes. Betaxolol inhibited specific [(3)H]-batrachotoxinin-A 20-alpha-benzoate ([(3)H]-BTX-B) binding to neurotoxin site 2 in a concentration-dependent manner with an IC(50) value of 9.8 microM. Comparison of all the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists tested revealed a potency order of propranolol>betaxolol approximately levobetaxolol>levobunolol approximately carteolol>/=timolol>atenolol. None of the drugs caused a significant inhibition of [(3)H]-saxitoxin binding to neurotoxin receptor site 1, even at concentrations as high as 250 microM. Saturation experiments showed that betaxolol increased the K(D) of [(3)H]-BTX-B binding but had no effect on the B(max). The association kinetics of [(3)H]-BTX-B were unaffected by betaxolol, but the drug significantly accelerated the dissociation rate of the radioligand. These findings argue for a competitive, indirect, allosteric mode of inhibition of [(3)H]-BTX-B binding by betaxolol. Betaxolol inhibited veratridine-stimulated Na(+) influx in rat cortical synaptosomes with an IC(50) value of 28. 3 microM. Carteolol, levobunolol, timolol and atenolol were significantly less effective than betaxolol at reducing veratridine-evoked Na(+) influx. The ability of betaxolol to interact with neurotoxin site 2 of the Na(+) channel and inhibit Na(+) influx may have a role in its neuroprotective action in paradigms of excitotoxicity/ischaemia and in its therapeutic effect in glaucoma.

  5. Differential neural activation of vascular alpha-adrenoceptors in oral tissues of cats.

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    Koss, Michael C

    2002-04-05

    The aim of this study was to determine the relative contribution of alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors involved in sympathetic-evoked vasoconstrictor responses in tissues perfused by the lingual arterial circulation in pentobarbital anesthetized cats. Blood flow in the lingual artery was measured by ultrasonic flowmetry. Laser-Doppler flowmetry was utilized to measure oral tissue vasoconstrictor responses in the maxillary gingiva and from the surface of the tongue. Electrical stimulation of the preganglionic superior cervical sympathetic nerve resulted in frequency-dependent blood flow decreases at all three sites. These responses were stable over time and were uniformly antagonized by administration of phentolamine (0.3 - 3.0 mg kg(-1)). The selective alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, prazosin (10 - 300 microg kg(-1)), attenuated vasoconstriction in the lingual artery and gingiva, but was ineffective in blocking vasoconstriction in the tongue. Subsequent administration of rauwolscine (300 microg kg(-1)) antagonized remaining vasoconstrictor responses. In contrast, rauwolscine (10 - 300 microg kg(-1)), given alone, blocked evoked vasoconstriction in the tongue, and was without effect on gingival or lingual artery vasoconstrictor responses. Subsequent administration of prazosin (300 microg kg(-1)) largely antagonized remaining neurally elicited responses. These results suggest that neural vasoconstrictor responses in some regional vascular beds in the cat oral cavity are mediated by both alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors. In contrast, tongue surface vasoconstrictor responses to sympathetic nerve activation appear to be mediated primarily by alpha(2)-adrenoceptors.

  6. How important is stimulation of alpha-adrenoceptors for melatonin production in rat pineal glands?

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    Tobin, V A; McCance, I; Coleman, H A; Parkington, H C

    2002-05-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the role of alpha-adrenoceptors in melatonin production by rat pineal gland. Pineal glands were isolated from adult male rats and maintained in organ baths. The perfusate was sampled every 5 min, stored, and later assayed for melatonin. Exposure to norepinephrine (10 microM) or the beta-adrenoceptor agonist orciprenaline (2-10 microM) increased the glands' production of melatonin. The time courses of melatonin production in response to these agonists were unaffected by the rats' pretreatment in vivo with the alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin (2 mg/kg i.p., three times). Rats that had had their superior cervical ganglia removed were primed with either orciprenaline (2 mg/kg i.p) or both orciprenaline and phenylephrine (1 mg/kg i.p) 1 hr before decapitation. Exposure of the pineal glands from these rats to orciprenaline evoked melatonin release that was similar in each group. These results lend weight to the suggestion that the marked potentiation by alpha-adrenoceptor agonists of the stimulation of cAMP and N-acetyltransferase (NAT) by beta-adrenoceptor agonists, demonstrated most readily in cultured glands or dispersed rat pinealocytes, does not carry over into significant augmentation of melatonin production in intact pineal glands.

  7. alpha2-Adrenoceptor-mediated potassium currents in acutely dissociated rat locus coeruleus neurones.

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    Arima, J; Kubo, C; Ishibashi, H; Akaike, N

    1998-04-01

    1. The noradrenaline (NA)-activated response was investigated in neurones acutely dissociated from the rat locus coeruleus (LC) using nystatin-perforated, conventional whole-cell and inside-out patch recording modes under current- and voltage-clamp conditions. 2. Under current-clamp conditions, NA hyperpolarized the LC neurones, abolishing the spontaneous action potentials. In voltage-clamp studies, NA induced an inwardly rectifying K+ current (INA) in a concentration-dependent manner with a half-maximum effective concentration of 2.2 x 10(-7) M. 3. INA was mimicked by the alpha2-agonist UK14304 but was inhibited by either the alpha2B/alpha2C antagonist ARC239 or the alpha1- and alpha2B/alpha2C antagonist prazosin, suggesting the contribution of alpha2B/alpha2C adrenoceptors. 4. INA was inhibited by the intracellular application of GDPbetaS but fully activated by intracellular perfusion of GTPgammaS. 5. In the inside-out recording mode, the application of GTP to the cytoplasmic side of the patch membrane markedly enhanced the open probability of the NA-activated single channels which represented the inwardly rectifying properties. 6. These results indicate that the activation of alpha2B/alpha2C adrenoceptors coupled with GTP-binding protein directly activates the inwardly rectifying K+ currents in rat LC neurones, thus resulting in a decrease in the spontaneous firing activities.

  8. Mutual interaction of histamine H3-receptors and alpha 2-adrenoceptors on noradrenergic terminals in mouse and rat brain cortex.

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    Schlicker, E; Behling, A; Lümmen, G; Malinowska, B; Göthert, M

    1992-06-01

    Brain cortex slices were preincubated with 3H-noradrenaline and superfused with physiological salt solution containing desipramine. We studied the inhibition of the electrically evoked tritium overflow caused by histamine in the presence of alpha-adrenoceptor ligands (mouse and rat brain cortex), and the inhibition caused by talipexole (the former B-HT 920) in the presence of H3-receptor ligands (mouse brain cortex). In mouse brain cortex slices, the inhibitory effect of histamine on the tritium overflow evoked by 36 pulses, 0.3 Hz was not changed by the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin, but increased by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist rauwolscine. When the current strength or the duration of electrical pulses was reduced to compensate for the increase in evoked tritium overflow produced by rauwolscine, the latter still enhanced the effect of histamine. The histamine-induced inhibition of tritium overflow evoked by 360 pulses, 3 Hz was not affected by the alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine but attenuated by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist talipexole. Finally, the inhibition by histamine of the tritium overflow evoked by 3 pulses, 100 Hz was attenuated by talipexole but not affected by rauwolscine. Conversely, the inhibitory effect of talipexole on tritium overflow elicited by 360 pulses, 3 Hz was slightly attenuated by the H3-receptor agonist R-(-)-alpha-methylhistamine but not affected by the H3-receptor antagonist thioperamide. In rat brain cortex slices, histamine only tended to inhibit tritium overflow evoked by 360 pulses, 3 Hz, both in the absence of alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists and in the presence of prazosin. However, histamine markedly inhibited the evoked overflow in the presence of rauwolscine.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  9. Inhibition of K+ permeability diminishes alpha 2-adrenoceptor mediated effects on norepinephrine release

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    Zimanyi, I.; Folly, G.; Vizi, E.S.

    1988-05-01

    The effect of two different potassium channel blockers, 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) and quinine, on the alpha 2-adrenoceptor mediated modulation of norepinephrine (NE) release was investigated. Pairs of mouse vasa deferentia were loaded with /sup 3/H-norepinephrine (/sup 3/H-NE), superfused continuously, and stimulated electrically. 4-AP (5.3 x 10(-4) M), and quinine (10(-5) M) enhanced the stimulation-evoked release of tritium significantly. The electrically induced release of radioactivity was reduced by alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists (1-NE and xylazine) and enhanced by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist yohimbine. Both effects were affected markedly by 4-AP or quinine: the depressant action of 1-NA and xylazine was partially antagonized and the facilitatory effect of yohimbine was completely abolished during the blockade of the potassium channels. It is suggested that the blockade of the potassium permeability counteracts negative feedback modulation; therefore, it seems likely that the stimulation of alpha 2-adrenoceptors leads to an enhanced potassium permeability and hyperpolarization of varicose axon terminals.

  10. Meperidine, remifentanil and tramadol but not sufentanil interact with alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor knock out mice brain.

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    Höcker, Jan; Weber, Bernd; Tonner, Peter H; Scholz, Jens; Brand, Philipp-Alexander; Ohnesorge, Henning; Bein, Berthold

    2008-03-17

    alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonists like clonidine or dexmedetomidine increase the sedative and analgesic actions of opioids. Furthermore opioids like meperidine show potent anti-shivering effects like alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonists. The underlying molecular mechanisms of these effects are still poorly defined. The authors therefore studied the ability of four different opioids (meperidine, remifentanil, sufentanil and tramadol) to interact with different alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtypes in mice lacking individual alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)- or alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors (alpha(2)-adrenoceptor knock out (alpha(2)-AR KO) mice)). The interaction of opioids with alpha(2)-adrenoceptors was investigated by quantitative receptor autoradiography in brain slices of alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)- or alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor deficient mice. Displacement of the radiolabelled alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonist [(125)I]-paraiodoclonidine ([(125)I]-PIC) from alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in different brain regions by increasing opioid concentrations was measured, and binding affinity of the analysed opioids to alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtypes in different brain regions was quantified. Meperidine, remifentanil and tramadol but not sufentanil provoked dose dependent displacement of specifically bound [(125)I]-PIC from all alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtypes in cortex, cerebellum, medulla oblongata, thalamus, hippocampus and pons. Required concentrations of meperidine and remifentanil for [(125)I]-PIC displacement from alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors were lower than from alpha(2A)-adrenoceptors, indicating higher binding affinity for alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors. In contrast, [(125)I]-PIC displacement by tramadol indicated higher binding affinity to alpha(2A)-adrenoceptors than to alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors. Our results indicate that meperidine, remifentanil and tramadol interact with alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in mouse brain showing different affinity for alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors

  11. Peripheral alpha 2-adrenoceptor-mediated sympathoinhibitory effects of mivazerol.

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    Richer, C; Gobert, J; Noyer, M; Wülfert, E; Giudicelli, J F

    1996-01-01

    Mivazerol is a new compound that could potentially reduce perioperative cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with or at risk of coronary disease and submitted to surgery. This action of mivazerol depends on a well documented centrally mediated reduction in sympathetic nerve activity, but a direct peripheral decrease in sympathetic neurotransmitter release induced by activation of prejunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors located on sympathetic nerve endings could also contribute. To investigate this issue, the effects of mivazerol on the pressor, systemic and regional hemodynamic (pulsed Doppler technique) as well as on the cardiac responses to electrical stimulation of the spinal cord (SCS) were measured in pithed rats in the absence and in the presence of mivazerol. Mivazerol exerted strong sympathoinhibitory effects: SCS-induced increases in blood pressure, total peripheral resistance and heart rate were dose-dependently reduced by mivazerol, but among the regional vascular beds investigated, only the hindlimb vasoconstrictor responses were significantly drug-affected. All these sympathoinhibitory effects of mivazerol were abolished by prior yohimbine administration. Simultaneously, mivazerol did not induce any postjunctional adrenoceptor blockade as it did not affect noradrenaline cardiac and hemodynamic effects. On the contrary, through postjunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptor stimulation, mivazerol, in this pithed preparation, dose-dependently increased blood pressure, total peripheral and hindlimb vascular resistances, but heart rate was not affected. We conclude that, in the pithed rat, mivazerol exerts strong peripheral sympathoinhibitory effects. The mechanism involved is prejunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptor activation as i) mivazerol does not display any postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor blocking effect--it even behaves as as postsynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist--and ii) yohimbine abolishes mivazerol's sympathoinhibitory effects. Thus, direct

  12. The selectivity of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists at the human beta1, beta2 and beta3 adrenoceptors.

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    Baker, Jillian G

    2005-02-01

    Beta-adrenoceptor antagonists ("beta-blockers") are one of the most widely used classes of drugs in cardiovascular medicine (hypertension, ischaemic heart disease and increasingly in heart failure) as well as in the management of anxiety, migraine and glaucoma. Where known, the mode of action in cardiovascular disease is from antagonism of endogenous catecholamine responses in the heart (mainly at beta1-adrenoceptors), while the worrisome side effects of bronchospasm result from airway beta2-adrenoceptor blockade. The aim of this study was to determine the selectivity of beta-antagonists for the human beta-adrenoceptor subtypes. (3)H-CGP 12177 whole cell-binding studies were undertaken in CHO cell lines stably expressing either the human beta1-, beta2- or the beta3-adrenoceptor in order to determine the affinity of ligands for each receptor subtype in the same cell background. In this study, the selectivity of well-known subtype-selective ligands was clearly demonstrated: thus, the selective beta1 antagonist CGP 20712A was 501-fold selective over beta2 and 4169-fold selective over beta3; the beta2-selective antagonist ICI 118551 was 550- and 661-fold selective over beta1 and beta3, respectively, and the selective beta3 compound CL 316243 was 10-fold selective over beta2 and more than 129-fold selective over beta1. Those beta2-adrenoceptor agonists used clinically for the treatment of asthma and COPD were beta2 selective: 29-, 61- and 2818-fold for salbutamol, terbutaline and salmeterol over beta1, respectively. There was little difference in the affinity of these ligands between beta1 and beta3 adrenoceptors. The clinically used beta-antagonists studied ranged from bisoprolol (14-fold beta1-selective) to timolol (26-fold beta2-selective). However, the majority showed little selectivity for the beta1- over the beta2-adrenoceptor, with many actually being more beta2-selective. This study shows that the beta1/beta2 selectivity of most clinically used beta-blockers is

  13. Characterization of alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes in tension response of human prostate to electrical field stimulation.

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    Guh, J. H.; Chueh, S. C.; Ko, F. N.; Teng, C. M.

    1995-01-01

    1. The effects of various alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists and nifedipine on tension responses of human prostate to electrical field stimulation were evaluated in this study. 2. Prazosin (3 x 10(-10) to 10(-8) M) and 5-methyl-urapidil (10(-9) to 3 x 10(-8) M) blocked concentration-dependently the tension responses to electrical field stimulation and completely abolished them in the maximal concentrations (10(-8) M and 3 x 10(-8) M, respectively); in contrast, chloroethylclonidine (CEC), in the maximal concentration of 100 microM, blocked these effects by only 50%. 3. The contractile responses of rat vas deferens and spleen to exogenously-applied alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonists were competitively inhibited by prazosin and 5-methyl-urapidil; in addition, the pA2 values were calculated and the relative potencies with reference to prazosin were obtained. The relative potency of 5-methyl-urapidil in human prostate (0.105) was close to that in rat vas deferens (0.257), which contains primarily putative alpha 1A-adrenoceptors. However, it was much more than that in rat spleen (0.011), which contains primarily putative alpha 1B-adrenoceptors. 4. Nifedipine (10(-8) to 10(-6) M) inhibited concentration-dependently the contractile responses to electrical field stimulation in human prostate; in addition, the inhibition percentages were similar to those to exogenously-applied noradrenaline in rat vas deferens. In contrast, CEC (10 microM), which almost flattened the concentration-response curve of the rat spleen to phenylephrine, only partially inhibited (by 33.1%) the nerve-mediated contraction of human prostate. 5. The involvement of prejunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors situated on the sympathetic nerve terminals of human prostate was also examined.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7647968

  14. Pharmacological characterization of alpha 2-adrenoceptor regulated serotonin release in the rat hippocampus.

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    Numazawa, R; Yoshioka, M; Matsumoto, M; Togashi, H; Kemmotsu, O; Saito, H

    1995-06-16

    The purpose of the present study was to confirm the functional regulation by alpha 2-adrenoceptors of the release of serotonin (5-HT) from the rat hippocampus in vivo. Under several pharmacological conditions, extracellular levels of 5-HT were estimated by assaying its concentrations in the perfusate by high performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection. Extracellular 5-HT in the hippocampus was reduced by tetrodotoxin (10 microM) co-perfusion, but increased by perfusion of a selective 5-HT re-uptake inhibitor, fluoxetine (10 microM). Addition of potassium (K+, 120 mM) to the perfusion fluid evoked an approximately 3-fold increase in 5-HT release. When the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist UK14,304 (0.1-10 microM) was added to the perfusion solution, the K(+)-evoked 5-HT release was significantly inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner. This inhibitory action of UK14,304 was reversed by pretreatment with an alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, idazoxan (5 mg/kg, i.p.). In rats which were catecholaminergically denervated with 6-hydroxydopamine, UK14,304 (10 microM) still inhibited the K(+)-evoked 5-HT release. Treatment with pertussis toxin (PTX) did not alter the K(+)-evoked release of 5-HT but abolished the inhibitory effect of UK14,304. These findings suggest that 5-HT release is functionally modulated via alpha 2-adrenoceptors located on the serotonergic nerve terminals in the rat hippocampus and furthermore, the possibility that the inhibitory of alpha 2-adrenoceptors is linked to G-proteins which are substrates of PTX.

  15. [Pharmacological characterization of alpha 2-adrenoceptor regulated 5-HT release in the rat hippocampus].

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    Numazawa, R

    1994-07-01

    The purpose of the present study is to confirm the functional regulation of alpha 2-adrenoceptor on the release of serotonin (5-HT) from the rat hippocampus in vivo. Under several pharmacological conditions, extracellular levels of 5-HT were estimated by assaying its concentrations in the perfusion fluid through the use of high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection. Extracellular 5-HT in the hippocampus was reduced by tetrodotoxin, 10 microM co-perfusion and was increased by perfusion with a selective 5-HT reuptake inhibitor, fluoxetine, 10 microM. Addition of potassium (K+; 120 mM) to the perfusion fluid evoked an approximately 3-fold increase in 5-HT release, and a calcium free medium completely prevented this K(+)-evoked 5-HT release. Potassium-evoked 5-HT release from the hippocampus of freely moving rats was significantly and concentration-dependently inhibited when alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, UK14,304, 0.1 microM to 10 microM was added to the perfusion solution, while the output of a 5-HT major metabolite, 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA), remained unchanged. This action of UK14,304 was prevented by pretreatment with idazoxan, 5 mg/kg, i. p., an alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist. In rats that were catecholaminergically denervated with 6-hydroxydopamine, UK14,304, 10 microM also inhibited the potassium-evoked 5-HT release, but had no effect on the 5-HIAA output. The UK14,304-induced inhibition of 5-HT release was prevented by pretreatment with pertussis toxin (PTX). These findings suggest that 5-HT release is functionally modulated via alpha 2-adrenoceptors located on the serotonergic nerve terminals in the rat hippocampus. They also indicate the possibility that the inhibition of 5-HT release via alpha 2-adrenoceptors is linked to G-proteins which are substrates of PTX.

  16. Evidence that two stereochemically different alpha-2 adrenoceptors modulate norepinephrine release in rat cerebral cortex

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    Harsing, L.G. Jr.; Vizi, E.S. )

    1991-01-01

    Cerebral cortex slices from the rat were loaded with (3H)norepinephrine ((3H)NE) and superfused in order to measure the release of radioactivity at rest and in response to electrical stimulation. The (-)-isomer and the (+)-isomer of CH-38083 (7,8-(methylenedioxy)-14- alpha-hydroxyalloberbane HCl), a selective alpha-2-adrenoceptor antagonist with an alloberbane skeleton, increased the electrically induced release of (3H)NE in a concentration-dependent manner, and a similar effect was observed with racemic CH-38083 and idazoxan. The stereoisomers of CH-38083 applied in a concentration range of 10(-8) to 10(-6) mol/l were equipotent in facilitating stimulation-evoked (3H)NE release: concentrations needed to enhance tritium outflow by 50% were 1.3 X 10(-7) mol/l for (-)-CH-38083 and 1.4 X 10(-7) mol/l for (+)-CH-38083. Exogenous NE decreased the electrically stimulated release of (3H)NE, and the stereoisomers of CH-38083 antagonized this inhibition with different potencies: the dissociation constant (KB) values for (-)-isomer and for (+)-isomer of CH-38083 were 14.29 and 97.18 nmol/l. These data indicate that presynaptic alpha-2 adrenoceptors that are available for NE released from axon terminals do not show stereospecificity toward enantiomers of CH-38083, whereas those that are occupied by exogenous NE are much more sensitive toward (-)-CH-38083. The alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin also differentiated between the alpha-2 adrenoceptor subtypes: prazosin (10(-6) mol/l) did not alter the increase of electrically induced (3H)NE release evoked by (-)- and (+)-CH-38083; however, in its presence, the stereoisomers of CH-38083 failed to antagonize the inhibitory effect of exogenous NE on its own release.

  17. High fructose diet increases anterior hypothalamic alpha 2-adrenoceptors responsiveness.

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    Mayer, Marcos A; Höcht, Christian; Opezzo, Javier A; Taira, Carlos A; Fernández, Belisario E; Puyó, Ana M

    2007-08-16

    Activation of alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in the anterior hypothalamic area (AHA) decreases sympathetic nervous system activity and blood pressure. The aim of the present study was to evaluate activity of pre- and postsynaptic alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in the AHA of fructose hypertensive rats (F), an animal model of insulin resistance and hypertension. The AHA of Control (C) and F anaesthetized rats was perfused with Ringer solution in the absence or presence of clonidine (100 or 300 microg ml(-1)) using reverse microdialysis. Clonidine effects on mean arterial pressure (MAP) and heart rate (HR), and on hypothalamic noradrenaline levels were measured along perfusion time. Noradrenaline extracellular levels in the AHA were significantly diminished in F hypertensive rats compared to C animals. The depressor effect of intrahypothalamic perfusion of clonidine on MAP was enhanced in F rats compared with C animals. Intrahypothalamic perfusion of clonidine reduced HR only in F rats. The effect of clonidine on noradrenaline hypothalamic extracellular levels was enhanced in F rats. These results suggest, in our experimental conditions, the existence of an increased responsiveness of pre- and postsynaptic alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in the AHA of F hypertensive rats. This fact could be a consequence of a compensatory supersensitivity of alpha-adrenoceptors due to a decrease in noradrenaline release from nerve terminals located in the AHA.

  18. [Alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists for the treatment of chronic pain].

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    Kulka, P J

    1996-04-25

    The antinociceptive effect of alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonists is mediated by activation of descending inhibiting noradrenergic systems, which modulates 'wide-dynamic-range' neurones. Furthermore, they inhibit the liberation of substance P and endorphines and activate serotoninergic neurones. Despite this variety of antinociceptive actions, there is still little experience with alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonists as therapeutic agents for use in chronic pain syndromes. Studies in animals and patients have shown that the transdermal, epidural and intravenous administration of the alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonist clonidine reduces pain intensity in neuropathic pain syndromes for periods varying from some hours up to 1 month. Patients suffering from lancinating or sharp pain respond best to this therapy. Topically applied clonidine (200-300 microg) relieves hyperalgesia in sympathetically maintained pain. Epidural administration of 300 microg clonidine dissolved in 5 ml NaCl 0.9 % has also been shown to be effective. In patients suffering from cancer pain tolerant to opioids, pain control has proved possible again with combinations of opioids and clonidine. In isolated cases clonidine has been administered epidurally at a dose of 1500 microg/day for almost 5 months without evidence for any histotoxic property of clonidine. Side effects often observed during administration of alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonists are dry mouth, sedation, hypotension and bradycardia. Therapeutic interventions are usually not required.

  19. Presynaptic alpha2-adrenoceptors control excitatory, but not inhibitory, transmission at rat hippocampal synapses.

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    Boehm, S

    1999-09-01

    1. The effects of noradrenaline on neurotransmission at rat hippocampal synapses were investigated by recording autaptic currents in single neurons isolated on glial microislands. Noradrenaline reduced excitatory, but not inhibitory, autaptic currents in a pertussis toxin-sensitive manner, but the amine did not affect glutamate-evoked currents. 2. The inhibition of excitatory autaptic currents by noradrenaline was half-maximal at 0. 11 +/- 0.06 microM. The alpha2-adrenoceptor agonists UK 14 304 and clonidine were equipotent to noradrenaline in reducing these currents, whereas the alpha1-adrenoceptor agonist methoxamine and the beta-adrenoceptor agonist isoprenaline (isoproterenol) were ineffective. The reduction of excitatory autaptic currents by noradrenaline was not altered by the alpha1-adrenergic antagonist urapidil or the beta-antagonist propranolol, but reduced by the alpha2-antagonist yohimbine. The subtype-preferring antagonists rauwolscine and phentolamine (both at 0.3 microM) caused 9-fold and 36-fold rightward shifts in the concentration-response curve for the noradrenaline-dependent reduction of excitatory autaptic currents, respectively. Prazosine (1 microM) did not affect this concentration-response curve. 3. Noradrenaline reduced voltage-activated Ca2+ currents in excitatory, but not in inhibitory, microisland neurons. For comparison, the GABAB agonist baclofen reduced both excitatory and inhibitory autaptic currents and diminished voltage-activated Ca2+ currents in both types of neurons. The inhibition of Ca2+ currents by noradrenaline was half-maximal at 0.17 +/- 0.05 microM, and UK 14 304 and clonidine were equipotent to noradrenaline in reducing these currents. The noradrenaline-induced reduction of Ca2+ currents was antagonized by yohimbine, but not by urapidil or propranolol; the subtype-preferring alpha2-adrenergic antagonists displayed the following rank order of activity: phentolamine > rauwolscine > prazosine. 4. Noradrenaline did not

  20. Binding of [3H]-prazosin and [3H]-dihydroergocryptine to rat cardiac alpha-adrenoceptors.

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    Guicheney, P.; Meyer, P.

    1981-01-01

    1 [3H]-prazosin binds specifically to a single class of alpha-adrenoceptors in rat cardiac membranes (KD25 degrees C = 0.2 nM). 2 That these receptors are of the alpha 1-type was indicated by competition studies, i.e. alpha 1-antagonists such as prazosin and (2-(2,6-dimethoxyphenoxyethyl) aminomethyl-1, 4-benzodioxane (WB 4101) were more potent than the alpha 2-antagonists, yohimbine and piperoxan in inhibiting [3H]-prazosin binding. 3 A comparative study of [3H]-prazosin binding and [3H]-dihydroergocryptine binding to cardiac membranes showed that both [3H]-prazosin and [3H]-dihydroergocryptine (at low concentrations) bind to alpha 2-adrenoceptors, while [3H]-dihydroergocryptine (at higher concentrations) also binds to another class of sites. PMID:6269682

  1. Changes in alpha 2- and beta-adrenoceptors in hepatocytes from rats during treatment with 3'-methyl-4-dimethylaminoazobenzene.

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    Sanae, F; Kohei, K; Nomura, M; Miyamoto, K

    1992-05-01

    A 3'-methyl-4-dimethylaminoazobenzene (3'-MeDAB) containing diet was given to 6 weeks old female Donryu rats, and the number of adrenoceptors and the response of adenylate cyclase in the hepatocytes were measured. The treatment with 3'-MeDAB led to rapid increases in [125I]iodocyanopindolol ([125I]ICYP)- and [3H]clonidine-binding sites to hepatic membranes without significant changes in the Kd values. The number or beta-adrenoceptors defined by [125I]ICYP binding sites was increased with a biphagic mode. The [3H]clonidine binding reached a peak 2 weeks after the start of the carcinogen diet and then began a slow descent. The alpha 2-adrenoceptor was defined by [3H]clonidine binding being selectively inhibited by an alpha 2-antagonist, yohimbine, but not by an alpha 1-antagonist, prazosin, or a beta-antagonist propranolol. Catecholamine responsiveness to adenylate cyclase in hepatocytes also increased during treatment with 3'-MeDAB. However, the efficacy of norepinephrine (NE) in activating cyclase was lower than that of isoproterenol (IPN) during 4 to 8 weeks of the carcinogen diet. The difference between the efficacies of IPN and NE resulted from inhibiting adenylate cyclase through alpha 2-adrenoceptors by NE. Therefore, we noticed that the increasing pattern of the number of beta-adrenoceptors did not always parallel IPN-stimulated adenylate cyclase activity and that the increase in the number of alpha 2-adrenoceptors preceded the difference between the efficacies of IPN and NE in activating adenylate cyclase.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  2. Dexmedetomidine Inhibits Phenylephrine-induced Contractions via Alpha-1 Adrenoceptor Blockade and Nitric Oxide Release in Isolated Rat Aortae

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    Byon, Hyo-Jin; Ok, Seong-Ho; Lee, Soo Hee; Kang, Sebin; Cho, Youngil; Han, Jeong Yeol; Sohn, Ju-Tae

    2017-01-01

    The goal of this in vitro study was to examine the effect of the alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist dexmedetomidine on phenylephrine (alpha-1 adrenoceptor agonist)-induced contraction in isolated rat aortae and to elucidate the associated cellular mechanisms, with a particular focus on alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonism. Dexmedetomidine dose-response curves were generated in isolated endothelium-intact and endothelium-denuded rat aortae precontracted with phenylephrine or 5-hydroxytryptamine. Endothelium-denuded aortic rings were pretreated with either dexmedetomidine or the reversible alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonist phentolamine, followed by post-treatment with the irreversible alpha-1 adrenoceptor blocker phenoxybenzamine. Control rings were treated with phenoxybenzamine alone. All rings were repeatedly washed with Krebs solution to remove all pretreatment drugs, including phenoxybenzamine, phentolamine and dexmedetomidine. Phenylephrine dose-response curves were then generated. The effect of rauwolscine on the dexmedetomidine-mediated change in phenylephrine-induced endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) phosphorylation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells was examined using western blotting. The magnitude of the dexmedetomidine-mediated inhibition of phenylephrine-induced contraction was higher in endothelium-intact aortae than in endothelium-denuded aortae or endothelium-intact aortae treated with Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester. However, dexmedetomidine did not significantly alter 5-hydroxytryptamine-induced contraction. In further experiments, prazosin attenuated dexmedetomidine-induced contraction. Additionally, pretreatment with either dexmedetomidine plus phenoxybenzamine or phentolamine plus phenoxybenzamine produced greater phenylephrine-induced contraction than phenoxybenzamine alone, suggesting that dexmedetomidine protects aortae from the alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockade induced by phenoxybenzamine. Rauwolscine attenuated the dexmedetomidine

  3. The design, synthesis and pharmacological characterization of novel β2-adrenoceptor antagonists

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    Hothersall, J Daniel; Black, James; Caddick, Stephen; Vinter, Jeremy G; Tinker, Andrew; Baker, James R

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Selective and potent antagonists for the β2-adrenoceptor are potentially interesting as experimental and clinical tools, and we sought to identify novel ligands with this pharmacology. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH A range of pharmacological assays was used to assess potency, affinity, selectivity (β2-adrenoceptor vs. β1-adrenoceptor) and efficacy. KEY RESULTS Ten novel compounds were identified but none had as high affinity as the prototypical β2-adrenoceptor blocker ICI-118,551, although one of the novel compounds was more selective for β2-adrenoceptors. Most of the ligands were inverse agonists for β2-adrenoceptor-cAMP signalling, although one (5217377) was a partial agonist and another a neutral antagonist (7929193). None of the ligands were efficacious with regard to β2-adrenoceptor-β-arrestin signalling. The (2S,3S) enantiomers were identified as the most active, although unusually the racemates were the most selective for the β2-adrenoceptors. This was taken as evidence for some unusual enantiospecific behaviour. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS In terms of improving on the pharmacology of the ligand ICI-118,551, one of the compounds was more selective (racemic JB-175), while one was a neutral antagonist (7929193), although none had as high an affinity. The results substantiate the notion that β-blockers do more than simply inhibit receptor activation, and differences between the ligands could provide useful tools to investigate receptor biology. PMID:21323900

  4. Influence of high dietary sodium intake on the functional subtypes of alpha-adrenoceptors in the renal cortical vasculature of Wistar-Kyoto rats.

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    Kazi, R N; Munavvar, A S; Abdullah, N A; Khan, A H; Johns, E J

    2009-01-01

    1 Increased renal vascular resistance is one renal functional abnormality that contributes to hypertension, and alpha(1)-adrenoceptors play a pivotal role in modulating this renal vascular resistance. This study investigates the functional contribution of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor subtypes in the renal cortical vasculature of Wistar-Kyoto rats on a normal sodium diet (WKYNNa) compared with those given saline to drink for 6 weeks (WKYHNa). 2 The renal cortical vascular responses to the adrenergic agonists noradrenaline (NA), methoxamine (ME) and phenylephrine (PE) were measured in WKYHNa and WKYNNa rats either in the absence (the control phase) or presence of chloroethylclonidine (CEC), an alpha(1B)-adrenoceptor antagonist, 5-methylurapidil (5-MeU), an alpha(1A) antagonist, or BMY7378, an alpha(1D) antagonist. 3 Results showed a greater renal cortical vascular sensitivity to NA, PE and ME in the WKYHNa compared with WKYNNa rats (P < 0.05). Moreover, 5-MeU and BMY7378 attenuated adrenergically induced renal cortical vasoconstriction in WKYHNa and WKYNNa rats; this response was largely blunted in CEC-treated WKYHNa rats (all P < 0.05) but not in CEC-treated WKYNNa rats. 4 The data suggest that irrespective of dietary sodium content, in Wistar-Kyoto rats alpha(1A)- and alpha(1D)-subtypes are the major alpha(1)-adrenoceptors in renal cortical vasculature; however, there appears to be a functional involvement of alpha(1B)-adrenoceptors in the WKYHNa rats.

  5. In vitro study of alpha 2-adrenoceptor turnover and metabolism using the adenocarcinoma cell line HT29

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    Paris, H.; Taouis, M.; Galitzky, J.

    1987-11-01

    The biosynthesis rate of the receptor was studied in postconfluent HT29 cells, when its density expressed as fmol/mg of cell membrane protein is constant, by following the recovery of the receptor binding capacity after blockade with the non-reversible alpha-adrenergic antagonist benextramine. Study of the inhibition of (/sup 3/H)yohimbine and (/sup 3/H)UK-14,304 binding showed that benextramine was a more potent antagonist at alpha 2-adrenoceptor than phenoxybenzamine. The incubation of intact HT29 cells for 30 min in the presence of 10(-5) M benextramine irreversibly blocked more than 95% of the alpha 2-adrenoceptors and totally suppressed the inhibitory effect of UK-14,304 on cyclic AMP production. The blockade appeared specific, since benextramine effects were prevented by alpha 2-adrenergic agents. Moreover, neither vasoactive intestinal polypeptide responsiveness nor other tested aspects of the regulation of the adenylate cyclase was altered by the treatment. Study of the time course of receptor recovery after irreversible blockade indicated that alpha 2-adrenoceptors reappeared in the cells with a monoexponential kinetic. The linearization of the repopulation curve obtained with the labeled antagonist (/sup 3/H)yohimbine allowed the determination of the rate constant for receptor degradation (k = 0.0268 +/- 0.0025 hr-1) and the rate of receptor synthesis (6.91 +/- 0.64 fmol/mg of cell membrane protein/hr) corresponding to the synthesis of about 500 receptors/cell/hr. The alpha 2-adrenoceptor half-life was 26 +/- 3 hr. Measurement of the biological effects associated to the alpha-adrenoceptor stimulation during the course of receptor recovery indicated a relationship between the number of cell receptors and the percentage of inhibition of the cyclic AMP accumulation induced by forskolin.

  6. Alpha 2-adrenoceptor-mediated inhibition of histamine release from rat cerebral cortical slices.

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    Hill, S J; Straw, R M

    1988-12-01

    1. Depolarization of rat cerebral cortical slices, prelabelled with [3H]-histidine, in high potassium (40 mM KCl) medium stimulated the release of [3H]-histamine. The K+-evoked release of [3H]-histamine was attenuated by incubation in calcium-free medium and prevented by prior incubation of brain slices with the selective histidine decarboxylase inhibitor S-(alpha)-fluoromethylhistidine. 2. The K+-evoked release of [3H]-histamine was significantly (P less than 0.001) reduced following stimulation of histamine H3-receptors with R-(alpha)-methylhistamine (1 microM) and this effect was antagonized by the H3-antagonist thioperamide (1 microM). 3. Noradrenaline and the alpha 2-selective adrenoceptor agonists clonidine and UK-14,304 inhibited the K+-evoked release of [3H]-histamine in a concentration-dependent manner yielding EC50 values of 2.5, 0.8 and 1.2 microM, respectively. However, the maximum response to clonidine was only 52 +/- 8% of that obtained with noradrenaline. 4. The inhibitory effect of noradrenaline was antagonized by the non-selective alpha-antagonist phentolamine and by the selective alpha 2-antagonists yohimbine and idazoxan. However, the response to noradrenaline was not inhibited by the alpha 1-antagonist prazosin at concentrations up to 1 microM. 5. These results suggest that both histamine H3-receptors and alpha 2-adrenoceptors are present on histamine-containing nerve terminals in rat cerebral cortex and can exert an inhibitory influence on neurotransmitter release.

  7. Renal vasodilatation by dopexamine and fenoldopam due to alpha 1-adrenoceptor blockade.

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    Martin, S. W.; Broadley, K. J.

    1995-01-01

    1. The renal vascular responses of the rat isolated perfused kidney to the dopamine D1-receptor agonists, dopexamine and fenoldopam, were examined. 2. Both kidneys were perfused in situ at constant flow rate (11 ml min-1) with Krebs-bicarbonate solution at 37 degrees C. The perfusion pressure was monitored and to enable vasodilator responses to be measured, the resting perfusion pressure was raised by infusing noradrenaline (6 x 10(-9) M). 3. Dose-related vasodilator responses to bolus doses of dopexamine and fenoldopam were obtained. However, these were not antagonized by the D1-receptor antagonist, SCH 23390, indicating that D1-receptors were not involved. 4. Bolus doses of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist, prazosin, caused similar dose-related vasodilator responses indicating the possibility that alpha 1-adrenoceptor blocking properties of dopexamine and fenoldopam were responsible for the vasodilatation. 5. alpha-Adrenoceptor blockade by dopexamine and fenoldopam was confirmed by the parallel displacement of dose-response curves for the vasopressor responses to noradrenaline. pA2 values were determined by Schild analysis for dopexamine, fenoldopam and prazosin antagonism of noradrenaline in the presence of neuronal (cocaine, 10(-5) M) and extraneuronal uptake blockade (metanephrine, 10(-5) M). The values were 6.23, 6.02 and 8.91, respectively. Schild plot slopes of unity were obtained for dopexamine and fenoldopam indicating competitive antagonism. A slope of greater than unity for prazosin may be explained by the lack of equilibrium conditions associated with bolus doses of noradrenaline, the responses of which are affected more by the high affinity antagonist, prazosin, than the two lower affinity antagonists.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7670737

  8. Electroacupuncture-induced analgesia in a rat model of ankle sprain pain is mediated by spinal alpha-adrenoceptors.

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    Koo, Sung Tae; Lim, Kyu Sang; Chung, Kyungsoon; Ju, Hyunsu; Chung, Jin Mo

    2008-03-01

    In a previous study, we showed that electroacupuncture (EA) applied to the SI-6 point on the contralateral forelimb produces long-lasting and powerful analgesia in pain caused by ankle sprain in a rat model. To investigate the underlying mechanism of EA analgesia, the present study tested the effects of various antagonists on known endogenous analgesic systems in this model. Ankle sprain was induced in anesthetized rats by overextending their right ankle with repeated forceful plantar flexion and inversion of the foot. When rats developed pain behaviors (a reduction in weight-bearing of the affected hind limb), EA was applied to the SI-6 point on the contralateral forelimb for 30 min under halothane anesthesia. EA significantly improved the weight-bearing capacity of the affected hind limb for 2h, suggesting an analgesic effect. The alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist phentolamine (2mg/kg, i.p. or 30 microg, i.t.) completely blocked the EA-induced analgesia, whereas naloxone (1mg/kg, i.p.) failed to block the effect. These results suggest that EA-induced analgesia is mediated by alpha-adrenoceptor mechanisms. Further experiments showed that intrathecal administration of yohimbine, an alpha(2)-adrenergic antagonist, reduced the EA-induced analgesia in a dose-dependent manner, whereas terazosin, an alpha(1)-adrenergic antagonist, did not produce any effect. These data suggest that the analgesic effect of EA in ankle sprain pain is, at least in part, mediated by spinal alpha(2)-adrenoceptor mechanisms.

  9. Adjunctive alpha2-adrenoceptor blockade enhances the antipsychotic-like effect of risperidone and facilitates cortical dopaminergic and glutamatergic, NMDA receptor-mediated transmission.

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    Marcus, Monica M; Wiker, Charlotte; Frånberg, Olivia; Konradsson-Geuken, Asa; Langlois, Xavier; Jardemark, Kent; Svensson, Torgny H

    2010-08-01

    Compared to both first- and second-generation antipsychotic drugs (APDs), clozapine shows superior efficacy in treatment-resistant schizophrenia. In contrast to most APDs clozapine possesses high affinity for alpha2-adrenoceptors, and clinical and preclinical studies provide evidence that the alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist idazoxan enhances the antipsychotic efficacy of typical D2 receptor antagonists as well as olanzapine. Risperidone has lower affinity for alpha2-adrenoceptors than clozapine but higher than most other APDs. Here we examined, in rats, the effects of adding idazoxan to risperidone on antipsychotic effect using the conditioned avoidance response (CAR) test, extrapyramidal side-effect (EPS) liability using the catalepsy test, brain dopamine efflux using in-vivo microdialysis in freely moving animals, cortical N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-mediated transmission using intracellular electrophysiological recording in vitro, and ex-vivo autoradiography to assess the in-vivo alpha2A- and alpha2C-adrenoceptor occupancies by risperidone. The dose of risperidone needed for antipsychotic effect in the CAR test was approximately 0.4 mg/kg, which produced 11% and 17% in-vivo receptor occupancy at alpha2A- and alpha2C-adrenoceptors, respectively. Addition of idazoxan (1.5 mg/kg) to a low dose of risperidone (0.25 mg/kg) enhanced the suppression of CAR, but did not enhance catalepsy. Both cortical dopamine release and NMDA receptor-mediated responses were enhanced. These data propose that the therapeutic effect of risperidone in schizophrenia can be enhanced and its EPS liability reduced by adjunctive treatment with an alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist, and generally support the notion that the potent alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonistic action of clozapine may be highly important for its unique efficacy in schizophrenia.

  10. The role of alpha- and beta-adrenoceptor subtypes in mediating the effects of catecholamines on fasting glucose and insulin concentrations in the rat.

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    John, G. W.; Doxey, J. C.; Walter, D. S.; Reid, J. L.

    1990-01-01

    1. The role of alpha- and beta-adrenoceptor subtypes in the regulation of plasma glucose and immunoreactive insulin (IRI) levels has been investigated in normal conscious fasted rats by employing selective agonists and antagonists. 2. Adrenaline (0.2 mg kg-1)-induced hyperglycaemia was abolished by the selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist idazoxan (1.0 mg kg-1), unaltered by non-selective beta-adrenoceptor blockade (propranolol, 1.0 mg kg-1) and potentiated by the selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin (0.3 mg kg-1). Adrenaline increased plasma IRI levels in the presence of idazoxan but not in the presence of either prazosin or propranolol. 3. The selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists UK 14304 (0.1 and 0.3 mg kg-1) and BHT-920 (0.2 and 0.5 mg kg-1) elicited dose-dependent hyperglycaemic responses, but did not alter plasma IRI levels. UK 14304 (0.1 mg kg-1)-evoked hyperglycaemia was blocked by idazoxan but not by prazosin. 4. The selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonists methoxamine (0.3 mg kg-1) and phenylephrine (0.3 mg kg-1) failed to modify either plasma glucose or IRI levels. 5. Isoprenaline (0.2 mg kg-1) elicited hyperglycaemic and insulinotropic responses which were attenuated by propranolol (1.0 mg kg-1) and the selective beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonist ICI 118551 (1.0 mg kg-1), but not by the beta 1-selective antagonists atenolol (1.0 mg kg-1) and betaxolol (1.0 mg kg-1). 6. None of the antagonists per se affected basal plasma glucose or IRI concentrations, except prazosin (1.0 mg kg-1).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1976400

  11. Alpha(2) adrenoceptor agonists as potential analgesic agents. 3. Imidazolylmethylthiophenes.

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    Boyd, R E; Press, J B; Rasmussen, C R; Raffa, R B; Codd, E E; Connelly, C D; Li, Q S; Martinez, R P; Lewis, M A; Almond, H R; Reitz, A B

    2001-03-15

    A series of imidazolylmethylthiophenes has been prepared and evaluated as ligands for the alpha(2) adrenoceptor. These compounds were tested in two animal models that are predictive of analgesic activity in humans. The 3-thienyl compounds were generally the most potent, particularly those with substitution in the 4-position. A subset of the most active compounds was further evaluated for adverse cardiovascular effects in the anesthetized rat model. In addition to excellent binding at the alpha(2D) adrenoceptor, the 4-bromo analogues 20e and 21e were very active in the rat abdominal irritant test (RAIT) with ED(50) doses of 0.38 and 0.31 mg/kg, respectively. We constructed a pharmacophore model based on the biological activity of the present series, dexmedetomidine (1), and conformationally restrained analogues 3 and 4.

  12. Role of alpha2C-adrenoceptors in the reduction of skin blood flow induced by local cooling in mice.

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    Honda, M; Suzuki, M; Nakayama, K; Ishikawa, T

    2007-09-01

    The reduction of skin blood flow induced by local cooling results from a reflex increase in sympathetic output and an enhanced vasoconstrictor activity of cutaneous vessels. The present study investigated the latter local response in vivo in tetrodotoxin-treated mice, in which the sympathetic nerve tone was abolished. Male ddY mice, anaesthetized with pentobarbitone, were treated with tetrodotoxin and artificially ventilated. The plantar skin blood flow (PSBF) was measured by laser Doppler flowmetry. Cooling the air temperature around the left foot from 25 to 10 degrees C decreased the PSBF of the left foot. Bunazosin, an alpha (1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, RS79948, an alpha (2)-adrenoceptor antagonist, and MK-912, an alpha (2C)-adrenoceptor antagonist, all significantly inhibited the cooling-induced reduction of PSBF; the inhibition by bunazosin was relatively small compared with that by RS79948 and MK-912. The response was not affected by guanethidine or bretylium, but was diminished in adrenalectomized mice. An intra-arterial injection of clonidine, an alpha (2)-adrenoceptor agonist, to the left iliac artery of adrenalectomized mice caused a transient decrease in PSBF, which was significantly augmented at 10 degrees C. MK-912 suppressed only the augmented portion at 10 degrees C. Y-27632, H-1152 and fasudil, Rho kinase inhibitors, also inhibited the cooling-induced reduction of PSBF. RS79948 caused no further reduction of the cooling-induced response after the inhibition by Y-27632. Local cooling-induced reduction of skin blood flow in mice primarily results from increased reactivity of alpha (2C)-adrenoceptors to circulating catecholamines, in which the Rho/Rho kinase pathway is involved.

  13. Postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors, calcium mobilization and (/sup 3/H), 4-dihydropyridine binding in vascular smooth muscle of rat tail artery

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    Su, C.M.

    1985-01-01

    Pharmacologic characterization of post-synaptic ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptors in rat tail artery was examined by using selective agonists and antagonists. In this tissue, the ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptor agonists employed all produced concentration-dependent mechanical responses with rank order of potency, clonidine > norepinephrine > norepinephrine > phenylephrine > UK > 14304 > B-HT 920. This order of agonists activities not consistent with a simple classification into ..cap alpha../sub 1/- and ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptors in the rat tail artery. Antagonism by prazosin and yohimbine of phenylephrine, norepinephrine and clonidine responses did not reveal the anticipated discrimination between ..cap alpha../sub 1/- and ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptors. Potassium depolarization-induced responses were very sensitive to antagonism by the Ca/sup 2 +/ antagonists nifedipine and D 600. The sensitivity sequence of ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptor agonist induced responses to nifedipine and D 600 is H-HT 920 (> clonidine) > phenylephrine > norepinephrine. This disagrees with the thesis that ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptor mediated responses in vascular smooth muscle are more sensitive than are ..cap alpha../sub 1/-adrenoceptor mediated responses to Ca/sup 2 +/ channel antagonists. Radioligand binding studies of (/sup 3/H)nitrendipine and (/sup 3/H)Bay K 8644 to microsomal preparations of tail artery membrane a single set of high affinity binding sites and there is a good correlation between the pharmacological potencies and binding affinities of these agents. In addition, study of the displacement of (/sup 3/H)nitrendipine by Bay K 8644 revealed IC/sub 50/ and K/sub l/ values which are in approximate accord with those determined for pharmacologic experiments.

  14. Pharmacological profiles of a novel alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist, PNO-49B, at alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes.

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    Muramatsu, I; Ohmura, T; Kigoshi, S

    1995-01-01

    The effects of a newly synthesized compound, PNO-49B, (R)-(-)-3'-(2-amino-1-hydroxyethyl)-4'-fluoromethanesulfonanilide hydrochloride, on alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes were examined in various tissues in which the following distribution of alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes has been suggested: dog carotid artery (alpha 1B), dog mesenteric artery (alpha 1N), rabbit thoracic aorta (alpha 1B + alpha 1L), rat liver (alpha 1B), rat vas deferens (alpha 1A + alpha 1L), rat cerebral cortex (alpha 1A + alpha 1B) and rat thoracic aorta (controversial subtype). PNO-49B (0.1-100 microM) produced concentration-dependent contractions in dog mesenteric artery, rabbit thoracic aorta, rat thoracic aorta and rat vas deferens; and the maximal amplitudes of contraction were almost the same as or slightly less than those of noradrenaline. By contrast, the maximal response to PNO-49B in dog carotid artery was markedly smaller than the response to noradrenaline. In rabbit thoracic aorta, the contractile response to PNO-49B was not affected by inactivation of the alpha 1B subtype with chloroethylclonidine (CEC), although the response to noradrenaline was attenuated by that treatment. The dissociation constants (KA) of PNO-49B were not different among the rat thoracic aorta, dog carotid and mesenteric arteries and rabbit thoracic aorta (CEC-pretreated). The contractile responses to PNO-49B were inhibited competitively by prazosin, HV723 (alpha-ethyl-3,4,5-trimethoxy-alpha-(3-((2-(2-methoxyphenoxy)-ethyl)- amino(propyl)benzeneacetonitrile fumarate) and by WB4101 (2-(2,6-dimethoxyphenoxyethyl)-aminomethyl-1,4- benzodioxane).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  15. Behavioral and biochemical studies in rats following prenatal treatment with beta-adrenoceptor antagonists.

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    Speiser, Z; Gordon, I; Rehavi, M; Gitter, S

    1991-03-19

    Increased motor activity and poor performance in the active avoidance test were observed in the offspring of rats treated with dl-propranolol or sotalol during pregnancy, but not with atenolol and d-propranolol. All substances were administered in drinking water from days 8-22 of gestation. A significant increase in the density of muscarinic acetylcholine receptors in the hippocampus was found for dl-propranolol and sotalol, at 35 and 20 days of age, respectively. Twenty-day-old pups born to dl-propranolol-treated rats exhibited a non-significant decrease in the number of beta-adrenoceptors in the frontal cortex. Assuming that all the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists tested had access to the developing fetal brain, the effect of dl-propranolol and sotalol on behavior could stem from central beta 2-adrenoceptor blockade. In view of the lack of behavioral changes after atenolol, a beta 1-selective adrenoceptor antagonist, it is suggested that the clinical use of beta 1-selective adrenoceptor antagonists during pregnancy might be safer for the fetus than beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonists.

  16. Pre- and postjunctional alpha-adrenoceptors at sympathetic neuroeffector junction in bovine mesenteric lymphatics

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    Ohhashi, T.; Azuma, T.

    1986-01-01

    We studied isolated bovine mesenteric lymphatics to elucidate the pharmacological characteristics of pre- and postjunctional alpha-adrenoceptors at the sympathetic neuroeffector junction. Cylindrical strips were incubated with (/sup 3/H)-noradrenaline and mounted for superfusion. Electrical stimulation (2 Hz, 0.5 msec, 50 V) augmented the fractional release of labeled noradrenaline. Exogenous noradrenaline and clonidine caused a depression of the evoked tracer release. Phenoxybenzamine and yohimbine markedly enhanced the evoked overflow of adrenergic transmitter. Rings of lymphatic vessels were mounted for isometric tension recording in organ chambers filled with Krebs-Ringer bicarbonate solution. The vessels contracted when exposed to phenylephrine and clonidine. The ED50 of clonidine was significantly lower than that of phenylephrine. Prazosin caused a parallel shift to the right of the dose-response curve to phenylephrine. The antagonist, however, suppressed the magnitude of the maximum response to clonidine. Yohimbine caused parallel shift to the right of the dose-response curves to phenylephrine and clonidine, respectively. The Schild plots for yohimbine demonstrated that the drug was a competitive antagonist to phenylephrine and clonidine. The pA2 value of yohimbine to clonidine (7.6 +/- 0.4) was larger than that to phenylephrine (6.2 +/- 0.4). The pA2 value of prazosin to phenylephrine was 7.2 +/- 0.3. These results suggest that prejunctional alpha-adrenoceptors are involved in the negative feedback mechanism for autoregulation of noradrenaline release during postganglionic sympathetic nerve stimulation, and that both alpha 1- and alpha 2-like adrenoceptors do exist on lymphatic smooth muscle cells.

  17. Pediatric heart failure therapy with beta-adrenoceptor antagonists.

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    Foerster, Susan R; Canter, Charles E

    2008-01-01

    Management of chronic heart failure in pediatrics has been altered by the adult literature showing improvements in mortality and hospitalization rates with the use of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists (beta-blockers) for routine therapy of all classes of ischemic and non-ischemic heart failure. Many pediatric heart failure specialists have incorporated these agents into their routine management of pediatric heart failure related to dilated cardiomyopathy or ventricular dysfunction in association with congenital heart disease. Retrospective and small prospective case series have shown encouraging improvements in cardiac function and symptoms, but interpretation has been complicated by the high rate of spontaneous recovery in pediatric patients. A recently completed pediatric double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial showed no difference between placebo and two doses of carvedilol over a 6-month period of follow-up, with significant improvement of all three groups over the course of evaluation. Experience with adults has suggested that only certain beta-blockers, including carvedilol, bisoprolol, nebivolol, and metoprolol succinate, should be used in the treatment of heart failure and that patients with high-grade heart failure may derive the most benefit. Other studies surmise that early or prophylactic use of these medications may alter the risk of disease progression in some high-risk subsets, such as patients receiving anthracyclines or those with muscular dystrophy. This article reviews these topics using experience as well as data from all the recent pediatric studies on the use of beta-blockers to treat congestive heart failure, especially when related to systolic ventricular dysfunction.

  18. Tricyclic isoxazolines: identification of R226161 as a potential new antidepressant that combines potent serotonin reuptake inhibition and alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonism.

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    Andrés, J Ignacio; Alcázar, Jesús; Alonso, José M; Alvarez, Rosa M; Bakker, Margot H; Biesmans, Ilse; Cid, José M; De Lucas, Ana I; Drinkenburg, Wilhelmus; Fernández, Javier; Font, Luis M; Iturrino, Laura; Langlois, Xavier; Lenaerts, Ilse; Martínez, Sonia; Megens, Anton A; Pastor, Joaquín; Pullan, Shirley; Steckler, Thomas

    2007-06-01

    In previous articles we have described the discovery of a new series of tricyclic isoxazolines combining central serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibition with alpha(2)-adrenoceptor antagonistic activity. We report now on the synthesis, the in vitro binding potency and the primary in vivo activity of six enantiomers within this series, one of which was selected for further pharmacological evaluation and assigned as R226161. Some additional in vivo studies in rats are described with this compound, which proved to be centrally and orally active as a combined 5-HT reuptake inhibitor and alpha(2)-adrenoceptor antagonist.

  19. Effects of alpha adrenoceptor blockade on renal nerve stimulation-induced norepinephrine release and vasoconstriction in the dog kidney.

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    Hisa, H; Araki, S; Tomura, Y; Hayashi, Y; Satoh, S

    1989-02-01

    Effects of alpha-antagonists on renal norepinephrine (NE) release and vasoconstriction induced by renal nerve stimulation (RNS) were examined in pentobarbital-anesthetized dogs. RNS at 1,2 and 3 Hz (1 msec duration, 10-20 V) for 1 min decreased renal blood flow (RBF) and increased both the renal venous NE concentration (NEC) and calculated renal NE efflux (NEE). The RBF responses to 2 and 3 Hz RNS and NEC responses to 1, 2 and 3 Hz RNS during intrarenal arterial infusion of yohimbine (1.0 micrograms/kg/min) were greater than those observed during the control period. The NEE responses to 1 and 2 Hz RNS, but not to 3 Hz RNS, were also potentiated by the yohimbine infusion. Prazosin treatment (0.2 mg/kg i.v.) attenuated the RBF responses. Subsequent infusion of yohimbine potentiated both the NEC and NEE responses to 1, 2 and 3 Hz RNS in this alpha-1 adrenoceptor-blocked state. These results suggest that an alpha-2 adrenoceptor-mediated inhibitory mechanism of neural NE release exists in the dog kidney, which can be activated by endogenously released catecholamines to modulate the neural control of renal hemodynamics. Alpha-1 adrenoceptor-mediated renal vasoconstriction may affect the evaluation of neural NE release by NEE when high-frequency RNS is applied during inhibition of the alpha-2 adrenoceptor-mediated mechanism.

  20. Mechanism of synaptic inhibition by noradrenaline acting at alpha 2-adrenoceptors.

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    Surprenant, A; North, R A

    1988-06-22

    The actions of agonists at alpha 2-adrenoceptors were investigated on single cells of the submucous plexus of the guinea pig small intestine. Intracellular recordings were made from neurons in vitro, and noradrenaline and other agonists were applied by adding them to the superfusion solution. The actions of noradrenaline released from terminals of sympathetic nerves was also studied by stimulating the nerves and recording the inhibitory postsynaptic current; this current can be mimicked by brief applications of noradrenaline from a pipette tip positioned within 50 micron of the neuron. The alpha 2-adrenoceptor-bound noradrenaline with an apparent dissociation constant of 15 microM, determined by the method of partial irreversible receptor inactivation: clonidine and 5-bromo-6-(2-imidazolin-2-ylamino)-quinoxaline (UK 14304) had dissociation constants of 36 nM and 2.5 microM respectively. Noradrenaline and UK 14304 caused maximal hyperpolarizations, or outward currents; clonidine was a full agonist in only 4 of 35 cells, a partial agonist in 25 cells, and without effect in 4 cells. Clonidine acted as a competitive antagonist of noradrenaline in those cells in which it lacked agonist action; its dissociation equilibrium constant determined by Schild analysis was about 20 nM. The potassium conductance increased by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists, whether they were applied exogenously or released by stimulation of presynaptic nerves, showed marked inward rectification. The neurons showed inward rectification also in the absence of agonist; both types of rectification were eliminated by rubidium (2 mM), barium (3-30 microM) and caesium (2 mM). When the recording electrodes contained the nonhydrolysable derivative of guanosine 5'-triphosphate (GTP), guanosine 5'-O-(3-thiotriphosphate, GTP-gamma-S), the effects of applied alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists did not reverse when they were washed from the tissue, implying that GTP hydrolysis is necessary for the termination of

  1. Alpha-adrenoceptor mediated responses of the cauda epididymis of the guinea-pig.

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    Haynes, J. M.; Hill, S. J.

    1996-01-01

    1. The subtypes of alpha-adrenoceptor mediating the contractile responses of the cauda epididymis of the guinea-pig were investigated. The alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine, but not the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, xylazine (up to 10 microM), elicited concentration-dependent contractions from preparations of cauda epididymis (EC50 3.4 microM). The L-type Ca2+ channel antagonist, nifedipine (10 microM), reduced the maximal response to phenylephrine (by 77%). Preincubation of tissues with the alpha 1B-adrenoceptor-alkylating agent, chloroethylclonidine (50 microM, 30 min), shifted phenylephrine concentration-response curves to the right (4 fold) only when the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist idazoxan (100 nM) was included during the pre-incubation with chloroethylclonidine. 2. Xylazine (1 microM) significantly shifted phenylephrine concentration-response curves to the left (3 fold); this effect was attenuated by idazoxan (100 nM). Both the incubation of preparations with nifedipine (10 microM) and the pre-incubation of preparations with chloroethylclonidine (50 microM, 30 min) attenuated the potentiating effects of xylazine (1 microM). Protection of alpha 2-adrenoceptors with idazoxan (100 nM) during the chloroethylclonidine (50 microM, 30 min) incubation restored the xylazine-mediated enhancement of phenylephrine concentration-response curves. Pertussis toxin (200 ng ml-1, 24 h) attenuated the xylazine (1 microM)-mediated potentiation of phenylephrine concentration-response curves. 3. Following the pre-incubation of preparations with chloroethylclonidine (50 microM, 30 min) 5-methylurapidil (10 nM to 3 microM) shifted phenylephrine concentration-response curves, in parallel, to the right with mean pKB values in the range of 8.27 (at 10 nM 5-methylurapidil) to 7.76 (at 3 microM 5-methylurapidil), the addition of idazoxan (100 nM) to the incubation medium did not significantly affect the 5-methylurapidil (10 to 300 nM) pKB values (8.41 to 7.64, respectively

  2. The beta-adrenoceptor antagonists metipranolol and timolol are retinal neuroprotectants: comparison with betaxolol.

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    Wood, J P M; Schmidt, K-G; Melena, J; Chidlow, G; Allmeier, H; Osborne, N N

    2003-04-01

    beta-adrenoceptor antagonists are used clinically to reduce elevated intraocular pressure in glaucoma which is characterised by a loss of retinal ganglion cells. Previous studies have shown that the beta(1)-selective adrenoceptor antagonist, betaxolol, is additionally able to protect retinal neurones in vitro and ganglion cells in vivo from the detrimental effects of either ischemia-reperfusion or from excitotoxicity, after topical application. The neuroprotective effect of betaxolol is thought not to be elicited through an interaction with beta-adrenoceptors, but by its ability to reduce influx of sodium and calcium through voltage-sensitive calcium and sodium channels. In the present study it is shown that the non-selective beta-adrenoceptor antagonists, metipranolol and timolol behave like betaxolol. When topically applied they all attenuate the detrimental effect of ischemia-reperfusion. Protection of the retina was determined by evaluating changes in the electroretinogram and by assessing the loss of mRNA for Thy-1, which is expressed in retinal ganglion cells. In addition, studies conducted on neurones in mixed retinal cultures demonstrated that metipranolol, betaxolol and timolol were all able to partially counteract anoxia-induced cell loss and viability reduction. The influence of timolol was, however, not significant. Within the confines of these investigations, an order of neuroprotective efficacy was delineated for the three beta-adrenoceptor antagonists: betaxolol>metipranolol>timolol. The ability of the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists to attenuate ligand-induced stimulation of calcium and sodium entry into neuronal preparations showed a similar order of effectiveness. In conclusion, the ability to confer neuroprotection to retinal neurones is a common feature of three ophthalmic beta-adrenoceptor antagonists (betaxolol, metipranolol and timolol). A comparison of the effectiveness of the individual compounds in protecting retinal cells in vivo was not

  3. Neuroendocrine effects of dexmedetomidine: evidence of cross-tolerance between a mu-opioid agonist and an alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist in growth hormone secretion of the male rat.

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    Idänpään-Heikkilä, J J; Rauhala, P; Männistö, P T

    1996-03-01

    The role of alpha 2-adrenergic receptors (adrenoceptors) in the secretion of growth hormone, prolactin and thyrotropin was studied using highly selective agonists and antagonists of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor. The interplay between opiates and alpha 2-adrenergic drugs in the acute secretion of growth hormone and prolactin, as well as the possible cross-tolerance between morphine (mu-opioid receptor agonist) and dexmedetomidine (alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist) in growth hormone secretion were also evaluated. Dexmedetomidine dose-dependently increased plasma growth hormone and prolactin levels and decreased thyrotropin levels. The enhanced secretion of both growth hormone and prolactin was antagonized by atipamezole (an alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist) but not by prazosin (an alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist). Morphine (5 mg/kg)-induced stimulation of growth hormone secretion was antagonized by both naloxone (mu-opioid antagonist) and atipamezole. Naloxone, but not atipamezole, antagonized the morphine-induced increase in prolactin secretion. Dexmedetomidine increased growth hormone secretion in the saline pretreated rats, but did not do so in the morphine-tolerant rats. The stimulation of alpha 2-adrenoceptor enhances secretion of both growth hormone and prolactin. The adrenergic regulation of thyrotropin secretion still remains unclear. Evidently, adrenergic mechanisms are involved in the morphine-induced stimulation of growth hormone secretion, but not in the morphine-induced stimulation of prolactin secretion. In addition, there is a clear cross-tolerance between dexmedetomidine and morphine in growth hormone secretion of the rat.

  4. [beta]1-Adrenoceptor or [alpha]1-Adrenoceptor Activation Initiates Early Odor Preference Learning in Rat Pups: Support for the Mitral Cell/cAMP Model of Odor Preference Learning

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    Harley, Carolyn W.; Darby-King, Andrea; McCann, Jennifer; McLean, John H.

    2006-01-01

    We proposed that mitral cell [beta]1-adrenoceptor activation mediates rat pup odor preference learning. Here we evaluate [beta]1-, [beta]2-, [alpha]1-, and [alpha]2-adrenoceptor agonists in such learning. The [beta]1-adrenoceptor agonist, dobutamine, and the [alpha]1-adrenoceptor agonist, phenylephrine, induced learning, and both exhibited an…

  5. [beta]1-Adrenoceptor or [alpha]1-Adrenoceptor Activation Initiates Early Odor Preference Learning in Rat Pups: Support for the Mitral Cell/cAMP Model of Odor Preference Learning

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    Harley, Carolyn W.; Darby-King, Andrea; McCann, Jennifer; McLean, John H.

    2006-01-01

    We proposed that mitral cell [beta]1-adrenoceptor activation mediates rat pup odor preference learning. Here we evaluate [beta]1-, [beta]2-, [alpha]1-, and [alpha]2-adrenoceptor agonists in such learning. The [beta]1-adrenoceptor agonist, dobutamine, and the [alpha]1-adrenoceptor agonist, phenylephrine, induced learning, and both exhibited an…

  6. The effect of urapidil, an alpha-1 adrenoceptor antagonist and a 5-HT1A agonist, on the vascular tone of the porcine coronary and pulmonary arteries, the rat aorta and the human pulmonary artery.

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    Bopp, Claire; Auger, Cyril; Diemunsch, Pierre; Schini-Kerth, Valérie

    2016-05-15

    Urapidil (Eupressyl(®)) an antihypertensive drug acting as an α1 antagonist and a 5-HT1A agonist, may be of special interest in the treatment of hypertension associated with preeclamptic toxaemia and hypoxia-induced pulmonary arterial vasoconstriction. However, the effect of urapidil on vascular tone has been poorly investigated. Vascular reactivity was evaluated using pulmonary and coronary arteries from 36 pigs, aortae from 22 rats and 9 human pulmonary artery samples suspended in organ chambers. Concentration-relaxation curves either to urapidil, 5-HT, or the 5-HT1A receptor agonist 8-OH-DPAT were constructed after pre-contraction of rings. Pig pulmonary and coronary artery rings were contracted with U46619, a thromboxane mimetic, rat aortic rings with either endothelin-1 or phenylephrine, and human pulmonary artery rings with U46619 or phenylephrine. Urapidil markedly inhibited phenylephrine-induced contractions in rat aortic rings with and without endothelium with a more pronounced effect observed in rings without endothelium. Both 5-HT and 8-OH-DPAT failed to induce relaxation in rat aortic rings with an intact endothelium. 5-HT, but not urapidil and 8-OH-DPAT, induced a concentration-dependent relaxation in the porcine coronary and pulmonary artery rings with an intact endothelium (P<0.05). 5-HT and phenylephrine but not urapidil caused concentration-dependent contractions in human pulmonary artery rings. The present findings, while confirming that urapidil is a potent inhibitor of α1-adrenoceptor-induced contraction, do not support the role of 5-HT1A receptor activation in the control of the vascular tone of the different types of arteries tested in response to urapidil. In addition, they indicate that urapidil seems to preferentially target arteries with endothelial dysfunction.

  7. N-Aralkyl substitution increases the affinity of adrenergic drugs for the alpha-adrenoceptor in rat liver.

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    Aggerbeck, M; Guellaën, G; Hanoune, J

    1979-01-01

    1 The alpha-adrenoceptor of rat liver plasma membranes was studied by use of the specific alpha-antagonist [3H]-dihydroergocryptine ([3H]-DHEC). Catecholamines and adrenergic compounds displayed an order of affinity that is typical of an alpha-receptor. Nevertheless, protokylol, a potent beta-adrenoceptor agonist, exhibited a higher affinity than that of adrenaline for alpha-sites. This result might be due to its bulky substituent on the amino group. 2 Further displacement experiments between [3H]-DHEC and four pairs of drugs differently substituted on the amino group (isoprenaline vs Cc-25, orciprenaline vs fenoterol, AH 3474 vs labetalol, pindolol vs hydroxybenzylpindolol) provided evidence that N-alkyl substitution decreased the affinity for alpha-sites (20 micromolar less than KD less than 200 micromolar), whereas an N-aralkyl one increased the affinity (0.17 micromloar less than KD less than 4.6 micromolar). 3 It is concluded that a substitution on the amino group by a bulky, hydrophobic moiety enhances the affinity of drugs for the alpha-adrenoceptors. PMID:216448

  8. Immobility from administration of the alpha1-adrenergic antagonist, terazosin, in the IVth ventricle in rats.

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    Stone, Eric A; Lin, Yan; Quartermain, David

    2003-12-26

    Brain alpha1-adrenoceptors have been shown to be essential for motor activity and movement in mice using intraventricular injection of alpha1-antagonists. To facilitate subsequent neuroanatomical mapping of these receptors, the present study was undertaken to replicate these effects in the rat. Rats were administered the alpha1-antagonist, terazosin, in the absence and presence of the alpha1-agonist, phenylephrine, in the IVth ventricle and were tested for their motor activity responses to an environmental change. Terazosin was found to produce a dose-dependent, virtually complete cessation of behavioral activity that was reversed by coinfusion of phenylephrine. The results could not be explained by sedation. It is concluded that central alpha1-adrenoceptors are essential for behavioral activation in rats as in mice.

  9. Cross-talk between receptors with intrinsic tyrosine kinase activity and alpha1b-adrenoceptors.

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    del Carmen Medina, L; Vázquez-Prado, J; García-Sáinz, J A

    2000-01-01

    The effect of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) on the phosphorylation and function of alpha(1b)-adrenoceptors transfected into Rat-1 fibroblasts was studied. EGF and PDGF increased the phosphorylation of these adrenoceptors. The effect of EGF was blocked by tyrphostin AG1478 and that of PDGF was blocked by tyrphostin AG1296, inhibitors of the intrinsic tyrosine kinase activities of the receptors for these growth factors. Wortmannin, an inhibitor of phosphoinositide 3-kinase, blocked the alpha(1b)-adrenoceptor phosphorylation induced by EGF but not that induced by PDGF. Inhibition of protein kinase C blocked the adrenoceptor phosphorylation induced by EGF and PDGF. The ability of noradrenaline to increase [(35)S]guanosine 5'-[gamma-thio]triphosphate ([(35)S]GTP[S]) binding in membrane preparations was used as an index of the functional coupling of the alpha(1b)-adrenoceptors and G-proteins. Noradrenaline-stimulated [(35)S]GTP[S] binding was markedly decreased in membranes from cells pretreated with EGF or PDGF. Our data indicate that: (i) activation of EGF and PDGF receptors induces phosphorylation of alpha(1b)-adrenoceptors, (ii) phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase is involved in the EGF response, but does not seem to play a major role in the action of PDGF, (iii) protein kinase C mediates this action of both growth factors and (iv) the phosphorylation of alpha(1b)-adrenoceptors induced by EGF and PDGF is associated with adrenoceptor desensitization. PMID:10947955

  10. Comparison of guinea-pig, bovine and rat alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes.

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    Büscher, R.; Heeks, C.; Taguchi, K.; Michel, M. C.

    1996-01-01

    1. To elucidate a possible role of species differences in the classification of alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes, we have characterized the alpha 1-adrenoceptors in guinea-pig spleen, kidney and cerebral cortex and in bovine cerebral cortex using concentration-dependent alkylation by chloroethylclonidine and competitive binding with 5-methlurapidil, methoxamine, (+)-niguldipine, noradrenaline, oxymetazoline, phentolamine, SDZ NVI-085, tamsulosin and (+)-tamsulosin. Rat liver alpha 1B-adrenoceptors were studied for comparison. Chloroethylclonidine-sensitivity and (+)-niguldipine affinity were also compared at cloned rat and bovine alpha 1a-adrenoceptors. 2. Chloroethylclonidine concentration-dependently inactivated alpha 1-adrenoceptors in all five tissues. While chloroethylclonidine inactivated almost all alpha 1-adrenoceptors in rat liver and guinea-pig kidney and brain, 20-30% of alpha 1-adrenoceptors in guinea-pig spleen and bovine brain were resistant to alkylation by 10 microM chloroethylclonidine. With regard to concentration-dependency guinea-pig kidney and brain were approximately 10 fold less sensitive than guinea-pig spleen or rat liver. 3. In rat liver, all drugs tested competed for [3H]-prazosin binding with steep and monophasic curves. Drug affinities were relatively low and resembled most closely those of cloned rat alpha 1b-adrenoceptors. 4. In guinea-pig spleen, all drugs tested competed for [3H]-prazosin binding with steep and monophasic curves. Drug affinities were relatively low and resembled most closely those of cloned rat alpha 1b-adrenoceptors. 5. In guinea-pig kidney most drugs tested competed for [3H]-prazosin binding with steep and monophasic curves and had relatively low drug affinities close to those of cloned rat alpha 1b- and alpha 1d-adrenoceptors. However, noradrenaline and tamsulosin had consistently biphasic competition curves recognizing 36-39% high and 61-64% low affinity sites. 6. In guinea-pig cerebral cortex, all drugs tested

  11. Characterization of central alpha-adrenoceptors using /sup 3/H-clonidine and its derivatives

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    Jarrott, B.; Louis, W.J.; Summers, R.J.

    1983-02-01

    alpha-Adrenoceptors in brain can be studied readily by radioligand binding techniques. This provides valuable information not only on the distribution of receptors in brain regions, but also on the regulation of receptors. The usefulness of this technique is dependent in part on a radioligand with high specificity for the receptor under study. Researchers' studies have shown that /sup 3/H-clonidine does not bind exclusively to alpha 2-adrenoceptor subtypes, but also interacts with alpha 1-adrenoceptors. In contrast, /sup 3/H-guanfacine labels a high affinity alpha 2 subtype with good selectivity, but /sup 3/H-lofexidine probably labels with both alpha 2 and alpha 1-adrenoceptor binding sites.

  12. Alpha-adrenoceptor subtypes of dog saphenous vein: another unusual property.

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    Mo, F M; Kwan, C Y

    1998-01-01

    The functional relationship between vascular smooth muscle alpha1- and alpha2-adrenoceptor (AR) subtypes was investigated by simultaneous measurement of contractile and fluorescence ratio in fura-2 loaded rings of dog saphenous vein (DSV). Prazosin, as well as rauwolscine, at 0.1 microM, substantially antagonized contractions and associated cytosolic [Ca2+] rises induced by UK 14304, while rauwolscine, as well as prazosin, antagonized similar effects of phenylephrine (PE). These antagonisms were characterized by a parallel rightward shift of the concentration-response curves. In the absence of extracellular Ca2+, PE as well as UK 14304 caused simultaneous transient elevation of contractile force and cytosolic [Ca2+], although the UK 14304 responses were smaller than PE responses. We propose that DSV smooth muscle cells possess interacting alpha1- and alpha2-ARs which have overlapping functional domain sensitive to the agonists and antagonists of either alpha-AR subtype. Both alpha-AR subtypes appear to utilize similar signaling mechanisms via Ca2+ release from the same intracellular stores and Ca2+ entry across the plasma membrane.

  13. Clebopride enhances contractility of the guinea pig stomach by blocking peripheral D2 dopamine receptor and alpha-2 adrenoceptor

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    Takeda, K.; Taniyama, K.; Kuno, T.; Sano, I.; Ishikawa, T.; Ohmura, I.; Tanaka, C. )

    1991-05-01

    The mechanism of action of clebopride on the motility of guinea pig stomach was examined by the receptor binding assay for bovine brain membrane and by measuring gastric contractility and the release of acetylcholine from the stomach. The receptor binding assay revealed that clebopride bound to the D2 dopamine receptor with a high affinity and to the alpha-2 adrenoceptor and 5-HT2 serotonin receptor with relatively lower affinity, and not to D1 dopamine, alpha-1 adrenergic, muscarinic acetylcholine, H1 histamine, or opioid receptor. In strips of the stomach, clebopride at 10{sup {minus} 8} M to 10{sup {minus} 5} M enhanced the electrical transmural stimulation-evoked contraction and the release of acetylcholine. This enhancement was attributed to the blockade of the D2 dopamine receptor and alpha-2 adrenoceptor because: (1) Maximum responses obtained with specific D2 dopamine receptor antagonist, domperidone, and with specific alpha-2 adrenoceptor antagonist, yohimbine, were smaller than that with clebopride, and the sum of the effects of these two specific receptor antagonists is approximately equal to the effect of clebopride. (2) The facilitatory effect of clebopride was partially eliminated by pretreatment of the sample with domperidone or yohimbine, and the facilitatory effect of clebopride was not observed in preparations treated with the combination of domperidone and yohimbine. Clebopride also antagonized the inhibitory effects of dopamine and clonidine on the electrical transmural stimulation-evoked responses. These results indicate that clebopride acts on post ganglionic cholinergic neurons at D2 and alpha-2 receptors in this preparation to enhance enteric nervous system stimulated motility.

  14. Betaxolol, a β1-adrenoceptor antagonist, reduces Na+ influx into cortical synaptosomes by direct interaction with Na+ channels: comparison with other β-adrenoceptor antagonists

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    Chidlow, Glyn; Melena, José; Osborne, Neville N

    2000-01-01

    Betaxolol, a β1-adrenoceptor antagonist used for the treatment of glaucoma, is known to be neuroprotective in paradigms of ischaemia/excitotoxicity. In this study, we examined whether betaxolol and other β-adrenoceptor antagonists interact directly with neurotoxin binding to sites 1 and 2 of the voltage-sensitive sodium channel (Na+ channel) in rat cerebrocortical synaptosomes.Betaxolol inhibited specific [3H]-batrachotoxinin-A 20-α-benzoate ([3H]-BTX-B) binding to neurotoxin site 2 in a concentration-dependent manner with an IC50 value of 9.8 μM. Comparison of all the β-adrenoceptor antagonists tested revealed a potency order of propranolol>betaxolol≈levobetaxolol>levobunolol≈carteolol⩾timolol>atenolol.None of the drugs caused a significant inhibition of [3H]-saxitoxin binding to neurotoxin receptor site 1, even at concentrations as high as 250 μM.Saturation experiments showed that betaxolol increased the KD of [3H]-BTX-B binding but had no effect on the Bmax. The association kinetics of [3H]-BTX-B were unaffected by betaxolol, but the drug significantly accelerated the dissociation rate of the radioligand. These findings argue for a competitive, indirect, allosteric mode of inhibition of [3H]-BTX-B binding by betaxolol.Betaxolol inhibited veratridine-stimulated Na+ influx in rat cortical synaptosomes with an IC50 value of 28.3 μM. Carteolol, levobunolol, timolol and atenolol were significantly less effective than betaxolol at reducing veratridine-evoked Na+ influx.The ability of betaxolol to interact with neurotoxin site 2 of the Na+ channel and inhibit Na+ influx may have a role in its neuroprotective action in paradigms of excitotoxicity/ischaemia and in its therapeutic effect in glaucoma. PMID:10864881

  15. Changes in the regulation of 5-hydroxytryptamine release by alpha2-adrenoceptors in the rat hippocampus after long-term desipramine treatment.

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    Yoshioka, M; Matsumoto, M; Numazawa, R; Togashi, H; Smith, C B; Saito, H

    1995-12-29

    In vivo microdialysis was used to measure the effects of long-term treatment of rats with desipramine upon the regulation by alpha2-adrenoceptors of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) release from the serotonergic neurons in the hippocampus. Rats were injected with saline or desipramine, 10 mg/kg, i.p., every 12 h for 14 days. When added to the perfusion solution, brimonidine, an alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist, significantly inhibited the K+-evoked release of 5-HT in the hippocampi of saline-treated, control rats. This action of brimonidine was prevented by pretreating the rats with idazoxan, an alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist. Long-term desipramine treatment significantly reduced the inhibitory effect of brimonidine upon the K+-evoked 5-HT release. With long-term administration of desipramine, noradrenaline content in the hippocampi was significantly decreased as compared with that of the control rats, whereas the basal noradrenaline concentration in the dialysate was significantly increased. On the other hand, both the 5-HT content of the hippocampus and the basal 5-HT concentration in the dialysate were significantly increased. The present study suggests that long-term administration of desipramine causes a functional subsensitivity of the presynaptic alpha2-adrenoceptors that regulate serotonergic neuronal function in the rat hippocampus. It also supports the concept that changes in the sensitivity of alpha2-adrenoceptors that regulate neurotransmitter release play an important role in the mechanism of antidepressant drug action.

  16. Overexpression of alpha2C-adrenoceptors impairs water maze navigation.

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    Björklund, M; Sirviö, J; Riekkinen, M; Sallinen, J; Scheinin, M; Riekkinen, P

    2000-01-01

    We investigated the role of overexpression of alpha2C-adrenoceptors in water maze navigation in mice transgenically manipulated to have a threefold overexpression of the alpha2C-adrenoreceptors. Alpha2C-adrenoreceptors overexpressing mice swam more in the peripheral annulus of the pool and did not find the hidden escape platform as well as the wild type control mice. A subtype-nonselective alpha2-adrenoreceptor antagonist, atipamezole (ATI, 1000 microg/kg, s.c.), fully reversed the deficit in platform finding and search strategy in overexpressing mice. Noradrenaline depletion (-95%) induced by N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine (DSP-4) did not impair platform finding of wild type or overexpressing mice. The DSP-4 lesion slightly increased swimming in the peripheral annulus in wild type mice, but not in overexpressing mice. The DSP-4 lesion produced a dissociable effect on the action of atipamezole to improve platform finding and search strategy in overexpressing mice: atipamezole did not alleviate the platform finding deficit in DSP-4 lesioned overexpressing mice, but normalized their abnormal search strategy. These results suggest that the abnormal search pattern and deficit in the accuracy of platform finding are mediated by constitutive activity of overexpressed alpha2C-adrenoreceptors.

  17. Inhibitory effects of amiloride on alpha adrenoceptors in canine vascular smooth muscle

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    Shi, A.G.; Wang, Z.L.; Kwan, C.Y.; Daniel, E.E. )

    1990-05-01

    Amiloride inhibits vascular smooth muscle contractions from canine aorta and saphenous vein. The mechanisms were studied using radioligand binding and functional techniques. Amiloride inhibited ({sup 3}H)prazosin and ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine binding to alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptors in a concentration-dependent manner. Amiloride increased Kd values for ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine without affecting the maximum binding of ({sup 3}H)prazosin. These results suggest that the drug interacts with the alpha-1 adrenoceptor binding sites in a competitive manner and with the alpha-2 adrenoceptor binding sites in a noncompetitive manner. Amiloride reduced maximal contractile responses to agonists selective for both alpha adrenoceptors and to elevated K+, the EC50 values were increased by about 10-fold in the presence of amiloride. In Ca+(+)-free Krebs' solution, contractions induced in saphenous vein after addition of Ca++ in saphenous vein in the presence of adrenoceptor agonists were inhibited by amiloride. Our results suggest that amiloride reduced alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptor-mediated responses and inhibited Ca++ influx.

  18. ( sup 3 H)rauwolscine binding to myometrial. alpha. sub 2 -adrenoceptors in pregnant guinea pig

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    Arkinstall, S.J.; Jones, C.T. )

    1988-09-01

    Uterine sympathetic nerves can exert an excitatory influence in late pregnancy and during parturition. Neuronal norepinephrine release is increased at these times and a diminished {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptor-mediated prejunctional inhibition could account for this. To assess whether an altered receptor population may contribute, ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine was used to measure {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptors in myometrial membranes at time intervals throughout pregnancy. High affinity ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine binding yielded linear Scatchard plots that in nonpregnant myometrium indicated a maximum binding density B{sub max} of 217 {plus minus} 42.4 fmol/mg protein. {alpha}{sub 2}-Adrenoceptor density was increased twofold at midpregnancy (31 days) and thereafter fell sharply by up to 90% toward term (67 {plus minus} 2 days). When uterine growth is accounted for and data are expressed in terms of total myometrial population, {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptor number was eightfold (midpregnancy) and fourfold (term) greater than the nonpregnant value of 804 {plus minus} 322.4 fmol/uterus. {alpha}{sub 2}-Adrenoceptors were also found to bind dopamine with high affinity. These observations could indicate a pregnancy-related change in uterine sympathetic autoinhibitory capacity and, since {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptors appear also to be located postjunctionally, explain in part reports of altered myometrial responsiveness to norepinephrine infusion and also the uterotonic actions of dopamine.

  19. Estrogen modulates alpha(1)/beta-adrenoceptor- induced signaling and melatonin production in female rat pinealocytes.

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    Hernández-Díaz, F J; Sánchez, J J; Abreu, P; López-Coviella, I; Tabares, L; Prieto, L; Alonso, R

    2001-02-01

    Nocturnal rise in pineal melatonin output is due to the night-induced acceleration of noradrenergic transmission and alpha(1)- and beta-adrenoceptor activation. In addition, in female animals, cyclic oscillations in circulating levels of sex steroid hormones are accompanied by changes in the rate of pineal melatonin secretion. To investigate whether estrogen directly affects pineal adrenoceptor responsiveness, pinealocytes from 21-day-old ovariectomized rats were exposed to physiological concentrations of 17beta-estradiol (17beta-E(2)) and treated with noradrenergic agonists. Direct exposure to 17beta-E(2) reduced alpha(1)/beta-adrenoceptor-induced stimulation of melatonin synthesis and release. This effect was mediated by an estrogen-dependent inhibition of both beta-adrenoceptor-induced accumulation of cAMP and alpha(1)-adrenoceptor-induced phosphoinositide hydrolysis. Furthermore, estrogen reduced transient Ca(2+) signals elicited in single pinealocytes by alpha(1)-adrenoceptor activation or by potassium-induced depolarization. In the case of beta-adrenoceptor responsiveness, neither forskolin- nor cholera toxin-induced accumulation of cAMP were affected by previous exposure to 17beta-E(2). This indicates that estrogen effects must be exerted upstream from adenylylcyclase activation, and independent of modifications in G protein expression, therefore suggesting changes in either adrenoceptor expression or receptor-effector coupling mechanisms. Since estrogen effects upon adrenoceptor responsiveness in pineal cells was not mimicked by 17beta-E(2) coupled to bovine serum albumin and showed a latency of 48 h, this effect could be compatible with a genomic action mechanism. This is also consistent with the presence of two estrogen receptor proteins, alpha- and beta-subtypes, in female rat pinealocytes under the present experimental conditions.

  20. Heterogeneity of alpha 2-adrenoceptors in human and rat myometrium and differential expression during pregnancy.

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    Bouet-Alard, R; Mhaouty-Kodja, S; Limon-Boulez, I; Coudouel, N; Maltier, J P; Legrand, C

    1997-12-01

    1. The aim of this study was first, to characterize alpha 2-adrenoceptor subtypes in human and rat pregnant myometrium and second, to investigate the possibility of a differential expression of the putative subtypes according to the stage of pregnancy. 2. In both species, specific [3H]-rauwolscine binding was inhibited by five different compounds with an order of affinity characteristic of the one described for alpha 2-adrenoceptors (yohimbine > or = clonidine > noradrenaline > phenylephrine > propranolol). Binding affinities (pKi) for the compounds tested were, in human and rat, respectively: 7.63 and 8.93 for yohimbine, 6.91 and 8.71 for clonidine, 6.23 and 6.09 for noradrenaline, 5.37 and 5.73 for phenylephrine, 4.64 and 4.72 for propranolol. 3. By use of non-linear iterative curve fitting procedures and by fitting the data to a two-site model, analysis of [3H]-rauwolscine inhibition binding curves performed in the presence of oxymetazoline (alpha 2A-selective), ARC239, prazosin or chlorpromazine (alpha 2B- and alpha 2C-selective) indicated that pregnant human and rat myometrium contain at least two pharmacologically distinct alpha 2-adrenoceptor subtypes (alpha 2A, alpha 2B and/or alpha 2C). RNA blot analysis with probes specific for each cloned human and rat alpha 2-adrenoceptor subtype demonstrated that alpha 2A- and alpha 2B-subtypes were present in both species but alpha 2C seems to be expressed only in human tissues. 4. In the pregnant rat myometrium, subtype selective compounds competition curves revealed a predominant expression of alpha 2A-adrenoceptors at mid-pregnancy whereas, at term, alpha 2A- and alpha 2B-subtypes density reached approximately the same level (alpha 2A:alpha 2B ratio = 73:27 at mid-pregnancy and = 43:57 at term). In addition, quantification of alpha 2A- and alpha 2B-transcripts by densitometry, following data normalization with an oligo(dT)12-18 probe, showed a pattern of expression comparable to the one characterized by

  1. Testosterone is essential for alpha(2)-adrenoceptor-induced antinociception in the trigeminal region of the male rat.

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    Nag, Subodh; Mokha, Sukhbir S

    2009-12-18

    Activation of the alpha(2)-adrenoceptor has been shown to produce antinociception. We have previously shown that the antinociceptive effect of clonidine, an alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonist, is sex-specific and is abolished by exogenous estrogen in ovariectomized rats or high level of endogenous estrogen in proestrous females. Here, we investigated whether testosterone mediates the antinociceptive effect of clonidine in the trigeminal region of the male rat. Clonidine (7 microg/5 microl) was injected intracisternally through a PE-10 cannula implanted dorsal to the trigeminal region in orchidectomized (GDX) male Sprague-Dawley rats. In separate groups, testosterone propionate (250 microg/100 microl; GDX+T) or beta-estradiol benzoate (100 microg/100 microl; GDX+E) were injected subcutaneously 24 and 48 h respectively prior to the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA)--or heat-evoked nociceptive test. NMDA-induced number of scratches or duration of scratching behavior did not change significantly in control groups with or without hormonal replacement. Clonidine significantly reduced both measures only in the GDX+T group but not in GDX or GDX+E group. Clonidine also significantly increased head withdrawal latency (HWL) in the GDX+T group, but not in GDX or GDX+E group. The antinociceptive effect of clonidine was reversed by yohimbine, an alpha(2)-adrenoceptor antagonist, in GDX+T group. We conclude that testosterone is required for the expression of antinociception produced by selective activation of the alpha(2)-adrenoceptor in the trigeminal region of the male rat. These findings further our understanding of sex-related differences in the modulation of nociception and may provide insight into development and administration of analgesic agents in young vs. aging men.

  2. Yohimbine prevents morphine-induced changes of glial fibrillary acidic protein in brainstem and alpha2-adrenoceptor gene expression in hippocampus.

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    Alonso, Elba; Garrido, Elisa; Díez-Fernández, Carmen; Pérez-García, Carmen; Herradón, Gonzalo; Ezquerra, Laura; Deuel, Thomas F; Alguacil, Luis F

    2007-01-29

    The alpha(2)-adrenoceptor antagonist yohimbine is known to oppose to several pharmacological effects of opioid drugs, but the consequences and the mechanisms involved remain to be clearly established. In the present study we have checked the effects of yohimbine on morphine-induced alterations of the expression of key proteins (glial fibrillary acidic protein, GFAP) and genes (alpha(2)-adrenoceptors) in rat brain areas known to be relevant in opioid dependence, addiction and individual vulnerability to drug abuse. Rats were treated with morphine in the presence or absence of yohimbine. The effects of the treatments on GFAP expression were studied by immunohistochemical staining in Locus Coeruleus (LC) and Nucleus of the Solitary Tract (NST), two important noradrenergic nuclei. In addition, drug effects on alpha(2)-adrenoceptor gene expression were determined by real time RT-PCR in the hippocampus, a brain area that receives noradrenergic input from the brainstem. Morphine administration increased GFAP expression both in LC and NST as it was previously reported in other brain areas. Yohimbine was found to efficiently prevent morphine-induced GFAP upregulation. Chronic (but not acute) morphine downregulated mRNA levels of alpha(2A)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors in the hippocampus, while simultaneously increased the expression of the alpha(2B)-adrenoceptor gene. Again, yohimbine was able to prevent morphine-induced changes in the levels of expression of the three alpha(2)-adrenoceptor genes. These results correlate the well-established reduction of opioid dependence and addiction by yohimbine and suggest that this drug could interfere with the neural plasticity induced by chronic morphine in central noradrenergic pathways.

  3. Possible dopaminergic stimulation of locus coeruleus alpha1-adrenoceptors involved in behavioral activation.

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    Lin, Yan; Quartermain, David; Dunn, Adrian J; Weinshenker, David; Stone, Eric A

    2008-07-01

    alpha(1)-Adrenoceptors of the locus coeruleus (LC) have been implicated in behavioral activation in novel surroundings, but the endogenous agonist that activates these receptors has not been established. In addition to the canonical activation of alpha(1)-receptors by norepinephrine (NE), there is evidence that dopamine (DA) may also activate certain brain alpha(1)-receptors. This study examined the contribution of DA to exploratory activity in a novel cage by determining the effect of infusion of various dopaminergic and adrenergic drugs into the mouse LC. It was found that the D2/D3 agonist, quinpirole, which selectively blocks the release of CNS DA, produced a dose-dependent and virtually complete abolition of exploration and all movement in the novel cage test. The quinpirole-induced inactivity was significantly attenuated by coinfusion of DA but not by the D1 agonist, SKF38390. Furthermore, the DA attenuation of quinpirole inactivity was blocked by coinfusion of the alpha(1)-adrenergic receptor antagonist, terazosin, but not by the D1 receptor antagonist, SCH23390. LC infusions of either quinpirole or terazosin also produced profound inactivity in DA-beta-hydroxylase knockout (Dbh -/-) mice that lack NE, indicating that their behavioral effects were not due to an alteration of the release or action of LC NE. Measurement of endogenous DA, NE, and 5HT and their metabolites in the LC during exposure to the novel cage indicated an increase in the turnover of DA and NE but not 5HT. These results indicate that DA is a candidate as an endogenous agonist for behaviorally activating LC alpha(1)-receptors and may play a role in the activation of this nucleus by novel surroundings.

  4. A possible structural determinant of selectivity of boldine and derivatives for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptor subtype.

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    Madrero, Y.; Elorriaga, M.; Martinez, S.; Noguera, M. A.; Cassels, B. K.; D'Ocon, P.; Ivorra, M. D.

    1996-01-01

    1. The selectivity of action of boldine and the related aporphine alkaloids, predicentrine (9-O-methylboldine) and glaucine (2,9-O-dimethylboldine) and alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtypes was studied by examining [3H]-prazosin competition binding in rat cerebral cortex. WB 4101 and benoxathian were used as selective alpha 1A-adrenoceptor antagonists. 2. In the competition experiments [3H]-prazosin (0.2 nM) binding was inhibited by WB 4101 and benoxathian. The inhibition curves displayed shallow slopes which could be subdivided into high and low affinity components (pKi = 9.92 and 8.29 for WB 4101, 9.35 and 7.94 for benoxathian). The two antagonists recognized approximately 37% of the sites with high affinity from among the total [3H]-prazosin specific binding sites. 3. Boldine, predicentrine and glaucine also competed for [3H]-prazosin (0.2 nM) binding with shallow and biphasic curves recognizing 30-40% of the sites with high affinity. Drug affinities (pKi) at the high and low affinity sites were, 8.31 and 6.50, respectively, for boldine, 8.13 and 6.39 for predicentrine, and 7.12 and 5.92 for glaucine. The relative order of selectivity for alpha 1A-adrenoceptors was boldine (70 fold alpha 1A-selective) = predicentrine (60 fold, alpha 1A-selective) > glaucine (15 fold, alpha 1A-selective). 4. Pretreatment of rat cerebral cortex membranes with chloroethylclonidine (CEC, 10 microM) for 30 min at 37 degrees C followed by thorough washing out reduced specific [3H]-prazosin binding by approximately 70%. The CEC-insensitive [3H]-prazosin binding was inhibited by boldine monophasically (Hill slope = 0.93) with a single pKi value (7.76). 5. These results suggest that whereas the aporphine structure shared by these alkaloids is responsible for their selectively of action for the alpha 1A-adrenoceptor subtype in rat cerebral cortex, defined functional groups, namely the 2-hydroxy function, induces a significant increase in alpha 1A-subtype selectivity and affinity. PMID:8982502

  5. The interactions between nisoldipine and two beta-adrenoceptor antagonists--atenolol and propranolol.

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    Elliott, H L; Meredith, P A; McNally, C; Reid, J L

    1991-01-01

    1. The interactions between the dihydropyridine calcium antagonist nisoldipine and two beta-adrenoceptor blocker drugs (atenolol and propranolol) were investigated in two groups of healthy normotensive subjects. 2. The steady state plasma concentrations of both beta-adrenoceptor blockers were significantly altered by the addition of nisoldipine: for propranolol there were significant increases in Cmax, by about 50%, and in AUC by about 30% and for atenolol there was a significant increase in Cmax, by about 20%. 3. The addition of nisoldipine was also associated with significant changes in apparent liver blood flow (measured by indocyanine green clearance) from 1.4 to 2.4 l min-1 in the atenolol group and from 1.3 to 2.3 l min-1 in the propranolol group. 4. Both nisoldipine-beta-adrenoceptor blocker combinations were associated with small enhanced blood pressure reductions e.g. from 104/60 with atenolol alone to 98/50 mm Hg with the combination but there was no alteration to the extent of beta-adrenoceptor blockade (as assessed by bicycle ergometry). 5. This pharmacodynamic profile in healthy normotensives is consistent with the known therapeutic efficacy of such combination treatments in patients with hypertension and angina. 6. It is suggested that there is a pharmacokinetic component to the efficacy of this type of combination, perhaps reflecting vasodilator-induced changes in drug absorption and/or hepatic extraction. PMID:1777376

  6. Adrenoceptors in Raynaud's disease.

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    Lindblad, L E; Ekenvall, L; Etzell, B M; Bevegård, S

    1989-12-01

    Experiments were designed to study adrenoceptor function in subjects with Raynaud's disease. Sympathetic agonists and antagonists were administered into the finger skin by iontophoresis, and the resulting change in local skin blood flow was evaluated by laser Doppler technique. The effects of norepinephrine (NE, stimulating alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors), phenylephrine (stimulating alpha 1-adrenoceptors) were studied in 12 women with Raynaud's disease and in 12 healthy controls. Controls and cases showed a similar consistent vasoconstriction to NE and B-HT 933. All control subjects showed a vasoconstriction to phenylephrine. In contrast, the Raynaud subjects demonstrated a weaker vasoconstriction or even a vasodilation, especially to low concentrations of the drug. After blockade of the alpha 1-adrenoceptors by doxazosin in the controls, phenylephrine mimicked the reaction in Raynaud subjects. beta-Adrenoceptor agonists (isoprenaline and terbutaline) had no effect on finger blood flow in the examined finger skin area in either control or Raynaud subjects. We suggest that Raynaud's disease is characterized by a defect in alpha 1-adrenoceptor function.

  7. Adrenoceptors and colocolonic inhibitory reflex.

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    Hughes, S F; Scott, S M; Pilot, M A; Williams, N S

    1999-12-01

    The colocolonic inhibitory reflex is characterized by inhibition of proximal colonic motility induced by distal colonic distension. The aim of this study was to investigate the underlying neural mechanisms of this reflex, in vivo, using an isolated loop of canine colon. In five beagle dogs, motility was recorded from an exteriorized colonic loop via a serosal strain gauge connected to a digital data logger and chart recorder. Inflation of a balloon in the distal colon resulted in inhibition of motility in the isolated loop. Inhibition of motor activity persisted following injection of propranolol (100 microg/kg intravenously), a beta-adrenoceptor antagonist, but was abolished following administration of the alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist yohimbine (200 microg/kg intravenously). This study confirms that the colocolonic inhibitory reflex is mediated via the extrinsic nerves to the colon. As the reflex was abolished by alpha2-, but not beta-adrenoceptor blockade, this indicates that the reflex pathway involves alpha2-adrenoceptors.

  8. Alpha1L-adrenoceptor mediation of smooth muscle contraction in rabbit bladder neck: a model for lower urinary tract tissues of man.

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    Kava, M S; Blue, D R; Vimont, R L; Clarke, D E; Ford, A P

    1998-04-01

    1. The alpha1-adrenoceptor population mediating contractile responses to noradrenaline (NA) in smooth muscles of the bladder neck from rabbit (RBN) has been characterized by use of quantitative receptor pharmacology. 2. Experiments with several 'key' alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists of varying subtype selectivities (RS-17053, BMY 7378, indoramin, 5-methylurapidil, prazosin, REC 15/2739, SNAP 5089, terazosin, WB 4101, tamsulosin, (+)-cyclazosin and RS-100329) were conducted. Schild regression analyses yielded affinity (mean pKb) estimates of 7.1, 6.2, 8.6, 8.6, 8.4, 9.3, 7.0, 7.4, 8.9, 10.0, 7.1 and 9.3, respectively, although deviations from unit Schild regression slope question the robustness of data for RS-17053 and SNAP 5089. 3. The nature of antagonism by these agents and the profile of affinity determinations generated together suggest that a single alpha1-adrenoceptor subtype mediates contractile responses of RBN to NA. Additional studies with phenylephrine indicated also an agonist-independence of this profile. Pharmacologically, this profile was reminiscent of that described as 'alpha1L'-adrenoceptor, which has been shown to mediate contractions of several tissues including lower urinary tract (LUT) tissues of man. Furthermore, a similarity was noticed between the 'alpha1L'-adrenoceptor described here in RBN and the rabbit and human cloned alpha1a-adrenoceptor (based on data from both whole cell radioligand binding at 37 degrees C and [3H]-inositol phosphates accumulation assays), characterizations of which have been published elsewhere. 4. In conclusion, the RBN appears to provide a predictive pharmacological assay for the study of NA-induced smooth muscle contraction in LUT tissues of man.

  9. Involvement of dopamine D1 receptors and alpha1-adrenoceptors in the antidepressant-like effect of chlorpheniramine in the mouse tail suspension test.

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    Hirano, Shoko; Miyata, Shigeo; Onodera, Kenji; Kamei, Junzo

    2007-05-07

    It has been reported that chlorpheniramine, a classical antihistamine, has antidepressant-like effects in animal models of depression. In this study, we examined the involvement of dopaminergic (dopamine D(1) and dopamine D(2) receptors), noradrenergic (alpha(1)- and beta-adrenoceptors) and serotonergic (5-HT(1A) and 5-HT(2) receptors) receptors in the antidepressant-like effect of chlorpheniramine in the mouse tail suspension test. We also investigated the involvement of these monoamine receptors in the antidepressant-like effect of imipramine for comparison with the mechanisms of the effect of chlorpheniramine. Both imipramine and chlorpheniramine significantly reduced the duration of immobility in the tail suspension test without affecting spontaneous locomotor activity in mice. The anti-immobility effect of imipramine (30 mg/kg, i.p.) was significantly antagonized by the selective dopamine D(1) receptor antagonist SCH23390 but not by the other receptor antagonists. In contrast, the anti-immobility effect of chlorpheniramine was significantly inhibited by SCH23390 and the selective alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin, but not by the other receptor antagonists. In conclusion, these results suggest that chlorpheniramine exerts an antidepressant-like effect in the mouse tail suspension test that is mediated by at least the activation of dopamine D(1) receptors and alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. In addition, the antidepressant-like effect of chlorpheniramine may be induced by several mechanisms that are different from those involved in the antidepressant-like effect of imipramine.

  10. Catecholamine synthesis and metabolism in the central nervous system of mice lacking alpha-adrenoceptor subtypes.

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    Vieira-Coelho, M A; Serrão, M P; Afonso, J; Pinto, C E; Moura, E

    2009-10-01

    This study investigates the role of alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtypes, alpha(2A), alpha(2B) and alpha(2C), on catecholamine synthesis and catabolism in the central nervous system of mice. Activities of the main catecholamine synthetic and catabolic enzymes were determined in whole brains obtained from alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor knockout (KO) and C56Bl\\7 wild-type (WT) mice. Although no significant differences were found in tyrosine hydroxylase activity and expression, brain tissue levels of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine were threefold higher in alpha(2A)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor KO mice. Brain tissue levels of dopamine and noradrenaline were significantly higher in alpha(2A) and alpha(2C)KOs compared with WT [WT: 2.8 +/- 0.5, 1.1 +/- 0.1; alpha(2A)KO: 6.9 +/- 0.7, 1.9 +/- 0.1; alpha(2B)KO: 2.3 +/- 0.2, 1.0 +/- 0.1; alpha(2C)KO: 4.6 +/- 0.8, 1.5 +/- 0.2 nmol.(g tissue)(-1), for dopamine and noradrenaline respectively]. Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase activity was significantly higher in alpha(2A) and alpha(2C)KO [WT: 40 +/- 1; alpha(2A): 77 +/- 2; alpha(2B): 40 +/- 1; alpha(2C): 50 +/- 1, maximum velocity (V(max)) in nmol.(mg protein)(-1).h(-1)], but no significant differences were found in dopamine beta-hydroxylase. Of the catabolic enzymes, catechol-O-methyltransferase enzyme activity was significantly higher in all three alpha(2)KO mice [WT: 2.0 +/- 0.0; alpha(2A): 2.4 +/- 0.1; alpha(2B): 2.2 +/- 0.0; alpha(2C): 2.2 +/- 0.0 nmol.(mg protein)(-1).h(-1)], but no significant differences were found in monoamine oxidase activity between all alpha(2)KOs and WT mice. In mouse brain, deletion of alpha(2A)- or alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors increased cerebral aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase activity and catecholamine tissue levels. Deletion of any alpha(2)-adrenoceptor subtypes resulted in increased activity of catechol-O-methyltransferase. Higher 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine tissue levels in alpha(2A) and alpha(2C)KO mice could be explained by

  11. Does alprazolam, in contrast to diazepam, activate alpha 2-adrenoceptors involved in the regulation of rat growth hormone secretion?

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    Eriksson, E; Carlsson, M; Nilsson, C; Söderpalm, B

    1986-04-21

    The conventional benzodiazepine diazepam and the novel triazolobenzodiazepine alprazolam were compared with respect to effects on growth hormone (GH) release in reserpine pretreated rats. The reserpine pretreatment was undertaken to eliminate brain monoaminergic influence on GH secretion, hence obtaining a low GH baseline from which a drug induced increase could be easily detected. Previous studies have indicated that activation of brain alpha 2-adrenoceptors is an indispensable prerequisite for GH release induced by other agents such as serotonin and opiate receptor agonists. In line with these findings, diazepam was found to induce GH release in reserpine pretreated rats only when the alpha 2-receptor agonist clonidine was simultaneously administered. In contrast, alprazolam caused a dose-dependent increase in plasma GH when given alone to reserpine pretreated rats. This effect of alprazolam was effectively antagonized by either of the two selective alpha 2-receptor antagonists yohimbine or idazoxane. The data indicate that alprazolam, but not diazepam, activates brain alpha 2-adrenoceptors involved in rat GH regulation. The possibility that an alpha 2-agonistic profile of alprazolam may contribute to the suggested effectiveness of the drug in the treatment of panic disorder is discussed.

  12. Relation of central alpha-adrenoceptor and other receptors to the control of renin secretion.

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    Ganong, W F

    1983-02-01

    The location and nature of the receptors in the brain on which clonidine acts to decrease renin secretion have been investigated in dogs. Clonidine was injected into the vertebral and carotid arteries, and its effects were compared with those of norepinephrine and epinephrine when injected into the third ventricle. It was also injected intravenously (IV) after transection of the brain stem and following treatment with intraventricular 6-hydroxydopamine. The results suggest that the renin-regulating receptors are located in the brain stem in a region different from the receptors mediating the depressor response, that they are alpha 2-adrenoceptors, and that they are postsynaptic in location. Central alpha 1-adrenoceptors appear to mediate increased renin secretion. Central serotonergic receptors also mediate increased renin secretion, but it is not known how the alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors interact with the serotonergic systems.

  13. Modulation by central postsynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptors of the jaw-opening reflex induced by orofacial stimulation in rats.

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    García-Vallejo, P.; Barturen, F.; García-Sevilla, J. A.

    1994-01-01

    1. The modulation by alpha 2-adrenoceptors of the jaw-opening reflex (digastric electromyographic responses) elicited by orofacial electrical stimulation (OF-JOR) in pentobarbitone anaesthetized rats was investigated. 2. Increasing doses of clonidine (0.1-1000 micrograms kg-1, i.v.) reduced, in a dose-dependent manner until abolition, the amplitude and duration of the OF-JOR and increased the latency to onset. The sum of amplitudes of the reflex was the most sensitive parameter to the inhibitory effects of clonidine (ED50 = 13.9 micrograms kg-1). 3. Pretreatment with the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, idazoxan (0.03-1 mg kg-1, i.v.), caused a dose-dependent shift (1.5 to 37 fold) to the right of the dose-response curve for clonidine without significant change of maximum inhibitory effect, in a manner compatible with competitive antagonism (ED50B = 29.0 micrograms kg-1). Pretreatment with yohimbine (0.3 mg kg-1, i.v.) also antagonized the inhibitory effect of clonidine on the OF-JOR. In contrast, the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist ARC-239 (0.3 mg kg-1, i.v.) did not antagonize the effect of clonidine on the reflex. 4. In rats pretreated with reserpine (5 mg kg-1, s.c., 18 h) the OF-JOR was not modified, but the potency of clonidine in inhibiting the reflex was potentiated (ED50 value decreased to 6.8 micrograms kg-1) without a significant change of maximum inhibitory effect. 5. Increasing doses of amphetamine (0.1-3000 micrograms kg-1, i.v.) caused a dose-related, but partial, inhibition of the OF-JOR (ED50 = 135 micrograms kg-1; Emax = 67%).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8032600

  14. Receptor reserve analysis of the human alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor using.

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    Umland, S P; Wan, Y; Shah, H; Billah, M; Egan, R W; Hey, J A

    2001-01-12

    Here we determine for norepinephrine, (5-bromo-6-(2-imidazolin-2-ylamino)quinoxaline) (UK14,304), 5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-6-(2-propenyl)-4H-thiazolo[4,5-d]azepin-2-amine dihydrochloride (BHT-920), (2-[3-hydroxy-2,6-dimethyl-4-t-butylbenzyl]-2-imidazoline) (oxymetazoline), and ((R)-3-Hydroxy-alpha-[(methylamino)methyl]-benzenemethanol hydrochloride) (phenylephrine), affinities using a radiolabeled agonist and antagonist, and potency and efficacy values in membrane [(35)S]guanosine-5'-O-(3-thiotriphosphate) ([(35)S]GTP gamma S) binding and cAMP cellular inhibition assays, in Chinese hamster ovary cells (CHO-K1) expressing the human alpha(2c)-adrenoceptor. These cells express a high ratio of receptor to G-protein because each agonist, but not several antagonists, displaced [(3)H]UK14,304 with higher affinity than [(3)H]rauwolscine. The rank order of potency of high affinity K(i) and EC(50) in both functional assays was norepinephrine > or =UK14,304>BHT-920>oxymetazoline>phenylephrine. The receptor reserve of G-protein activation and cAMP responses was measured with the irreversible antagonist, benextramine; K(A) values of norepinephrine or UK14,304 were similar (289, 271 or 150, 163 nM, respectively). A 20-fold greater receptor occupancy was required for agonist-induced half-maximal [(35)S]GTP gamma S binding compared to cAMP inhibition, indicating significant signal amplification in cells. Therefore, the G-protein activation assay is better at distinguishing full and partial agonists.

  15. alpha2 adrenoceptors are involved in the regulation of the gripping-induced immobility episodes in taiep rats.

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    Eguibar, José R; Cortés, Ma Del Carmen; Valencia, Jaime; Arias-Montaño, José A

    2006-10-01

    In 1989 Holmgren et al. (Holmgren et al. 1989 Lab Anim Sci 39:226-228) described a new mutant rat that developed a progressive motor disturbance during its lifespan. The syndrome is characterized by a tremor in the hind limbs followed by ataxia, episodes of tonic immobility, epilepsy, and paralysis. The acronym of these symptoms (taiep) became the name of this autosomic, recessive mutant rat. The taiep rats are neurological mutant animals with a hypomyelination, followed by a progressive demyelination process. At 7-8 months of age, taiep rats develop immobility episodes (IEs) characterized by a cortical desynchronization, associated with the theta rhythm in the hippocampus and changes of the nucal electromyogram (EMG), whose pattern is like rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. These rats also show an altered sleep pattern with an equal REM sleep distribution. This study analyzed therole of alpha(2) adrenoceptors in the expression of gripping-induced IEs in 8-month-old male taiep rats. The alpha(2) adrenoceptor agonists clonidine and xylacine increased the frequency of gripping-induced IEs whereas the alpha(2) antagonists yohimbine and idazoxandecreased or prevented such episodes. These findings correlate with the pharmacological observations in narcoleptic dogs and humans in which alpha(2) adrenergic mechanisms are involved in the modulation of cataplexy. Unexpectedly, the repetitive administration of clonidine resulted in jumping behavior, indicative of phasic activation of extensor musculature. Taken together, our results show that alpha(2) adrenoceptors are involved in the modulation in gripping-induced IEs and after the administration of several doses of clonidine produced phasic motor activation.

  16. The Role of α1-Adrenoceptor Antagonists in the Treatment of Prostate and Other Cancers

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    Batty, Mallory; Pugh, Rachel; Rathinam, Ilampirai; Simmonds, Joshua; Walker, Edwin; Forbes, Amanda; Anoopkumar-Dukie, Shailendra; McDermott, Catherine M.; Spencer, Briohny; Christie, David; Chess-Williams, Russ

    2016-01-01

    This review evaluates the role of α-adrenoceptor antagonists as a potential treatment of prostate cancer (PCa). Cochrane, Google Scholar and Pubmed were accessed to retrieve sixty-two articles for analysis. In vitro studies demonstrate that doxazosin, prazosin and terazosin (quinazoline α-antagonists) induce apoptosis, decrease cell growth, and proliferation in PC-3, LNCaP and DU-145 cell lines. Similarly, the piperazine based naftopidil induced cell cycle arrest and death in LNCaP-E9 cell lines. In contrast, sulphonamide based tamsulosin did not exhibit these effects. In vivo data was consistent with in vitro findings as the quinazoline based α-antagonists prevented angiogenesis and decreased tumour mass in mice models of PCa. Mechanistically the cytotoxic and antitumor effects of the α-antagonists appear largely independent of α 1-blockade. The proposed targets include: VEGF, EGFR, HER2/Neu, caspase 8/3, topoisomerase 1 and other mitochondrial apoptotic inducing factors. These cytotoxic effects could not be evaluated in human studies as prospective trial data is lacking. However, retrospective studies show a decreased incidence of PCa in males exposed to α-antagonists. As human data evaluating the use of α-antagonists as treatments are lacking; well designed, prospective clinical trials are needed to conclusively demonstrate the anticancer properties of quinazoline based α-antagonists in PCa and other cancers. PMID:27537875

  17. Development of a radioiodinated ligand for characterising. cap alpha. /sub 1/-adrenoceptors. [Pentolamine and 2 BETA-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-ethylaminomethyl)-tetralone

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    Adams, A.; Jarrott, B.

    1982-03-15

    Two ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptor antagonists, phentolamine and 2-(..beta..-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-ethylaminomethyl)-tetralone (BE 2254) which are phenolic derivatives were radioiodinated after chloramine-T oxidation of Na/sup 125/I and the labelled material isolated by chromatography. /sup 125/I-Phentolamine does not bind selectively to ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptors in guinea pig brain whereas the /sup 125/I-BE 2254 derivative binds rapidly, reversibly and with high affinity to these receptors with a K/sub d/ of 230 pM. At low concentrations of /sup 125/I-BE 2254 (< 100 pM) approx. 90% of the bound radioligand is specifically bound and under these conditions drug displacement studies show that the ligand binds predominantly to the ..cap alpha../sub 1/ subclass of adrenoceptors. Binding measurements to kidney and smooth muscle membrane preparations indicate that /sup 125/I-BE 2254 may also be a useful tool in the study of ..cap alpha..-adrenoceptors in peripheral tissues. The high specific activity of /sup 125/I-BE 2254 permits the use of minimal quantities of membrane material for receptor assay and ligand displacement measurements, e.g. 250 ..mu..g per assay tube, and this provides a significant advantage over the use of existing radioligands such as /sup 3/H-prazosin which requires approx. 40 times as much tissue.

  18. Metabolic profile of nebivolol, a beta-adrenoceptor antagonist with unique characteristics.

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    Agabiti Rosei, Enrico; Rizzoni, Damiano

    2007-01-01

    beta-Adrenoceptor antagonists (beta-blockers) have historically been considered an effective and safe option for first-line treatment of hypertension. However, very recently, it has been proposed that beta-blockers should no longer be considered suitable for first-line therapy in the patient with uncomplicated hypertension because of unfavourable morbidity and mortality data. New evidence from recent clinical studies of nebivolol, a third-generation highly selective beta(1)-blocker with additional endothelial nitric oxide (NO)-mediated vasodilating activity, confirms previous findings that this drug differs from other beta-blockers. The combined mechanisms of beta-adrenoceptor antagonism and NO-mediated vasodilation may potentiate the blood pressure-lowering effect of this agent, and confer a broader favourable metabolic profile, which may be clinically relevant for hypertensive patients. The antioxidant properties of nebivolol and its neutral or even favourable effects on both carbohydrate and lipid metabolism are well documented. These properties consistently differentiate nebivolol from nonvasodilating beta-blockers such as atenolol, metoprolol or bisoprolol. Therapeutic indications for beta-blockers include a wide range of co-morbidities found in hypertensive patients, including ischaemic heart disease, tachyarrhythmias and heart failure. Given that the majority of hypertensive patients require more than one drug to control blood pressure, the multiple mechanisms of action and favourable metabolic profile of nebivolol could make it an alternative therapeutic option for hypertensive patients requiring beta-adrenoceptor therapy.

  19. Neuronal changes resulting in up-regulation of alpha-1 adrenoceptors after peripheral nerve injury.

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    Drummond, Peter D

    2014-07-15

    Under normal conditions, the sympathetic neurotransmitter noradrenaline inhibits the production and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. However, after peripheral nerve and tissue injury, pro-inflammatory cytokines appear to induce the expression of the alpha1A-adrenoceptor subtype on immune cells and perhaps also on other cells in the injured tissue. In turn, noradrenaline may act on up-regulated alpha1-adrenoceptors to increase the production of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6. In addition, the release of inflammatory mediators and nerve growth factor from keratinocytes and other cells may augment the expression of alpha1-adrenoceptors on peripheral nerve fibers. Consequently, nociceptive afferents acquire an abnormal excitability to adrenergic agents, and inflammatory processes build. These mechanisms could contribute to the development of sympathetically maintained pain in conditions such as post-herpetic neuralgia, cutaneous neuromas, amputation stump pain and complex regional pain syndrome.

  20. Examination by radioligand binding of the alpha1 adrenoceptors in the mesenteric arterial vasculature during the development of salt-sensitive hypertension.

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    Caveney, S W; Taylor, D A; Fleming, W W

    1997-09-01

    Previous experiments have suggested that the vascular smooth muscle of Dahl salt-sensitive (DS) rats may possess a difference in the alpha1-adrenoceptor population or its transduction processes compared to Dahl salt-resistant (DR) rats. The purpose of the current research is to study the role of alpha1-adrenoceptors in the specific supersensitivity to norepinephrine (NE) seen prior to and early in the development of hypertension in the DS rat. Experiments in isolated perfused superior mesenteric arterial vasculature from DS rats chronically fed a high (7%) salt diet for 5 days or 3 weeks, in the absence or presence of an elevation in systolic blood pressure, respectively, demonstrated a specific supersensitivity to NE relative to DR rats. The enhanced responsiveness was specific to NE after 5 days of high salt since no differences in sensitivity of these preparations was observed to either KCl or 5-HT. A small but significant elevation in sensitivity to KCl following 3 weeks of treatment suggests that multiple factors may contribute to tissue responsiveness at this time. Radioligand binding experiments were performed using [125I]-HEAT to study the alpha1-adrenoceptor population and its subtypes. Saturation experiments using membranes prepared from the superior mesenteric arterial vasculature or mesenteric arterial branches showed no significant differences in overall alpha1-adrenoceptor population between DS and DR rats fed a high-salt diet for 5 days or 3 weeks. Competition experiments using membranes prepared from the superior mesenteric arterial branches in the presence of the alpha1A-subtype selective antagonist 5-methylurapidil showed two binding sites (high and low affinity) in these resistance vessels but no significant differences in nature or ratio of these sites between the DS and DR groups. These results suggest that changes in the alpha1-adrenoceptor population are not responsible for the specific supersensitivity to NE, which may be an early event in

  1. Presynaptic autoinhibition of central noradrenaline release in vitro: operational characteristics and effects of drugs acting at alpha-2 adrenoceptors in the presence of uptake inhibition

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    Valenta, B.; Drobny, H.; Singer, E.A.

    1988-06-01

    Functional characteristics of autoinhibition of central noradrenaline release were studied in the presence of uptake inhibition. Slices of rat cerebral cortex were incubated with (3H)noradrenaline, superfused and field-stimulated with 1 to 16 monophasic rectangular pulses at frequencies of 0.02 to 40 Hz. 1) Substances acting at presynaptic alpha-2 adrenoceptors were identified as antagonists, agonists or partial agonists by comparing their effects on 3H-overflow evoked by a single pulse or by two consecutive pulses at 1 Hz. 2) When 1 to 16 pulses were delivered at 0.02, 0.08, 0.3 and 1 Hz to stimulate outflow of tritium, a frequency-dependent suppression of responses to the second and the following pulses was observed. In the presence of the alpha-2 adrenoceptor antagonist idazoxan (10(-6) M), comparable amounts of tritium were released by the first stimulus and each of the following stimuli at 0.02 Hz. In contrast, at 0.08, 0.3 and 1 Hz the amount of 3H-overflow evoked by the first pulse was not reached in response to the following pulses. Clonidine (10(-6) M) diminished markedly the response to the first as well as to the following stimuli, irrespective of the frequency of stimulation. 3) Using two consecutive pulses delivered with decreasing pulse intervals, an apparent reduction or complete abolition of autoinhibition was observed at intervals of less than 100 msec, indicated by reduction or loss of the facilitatory effects of alpha-2 adrenoceptor antagonists. The present results provide detailed insights in operational characteristics of alpha-2 adrenoceptor-mediated autoinhibition and the effects of drugs on this regulatory mechism.

  2. Effect of agmatine on spinal nociceptive reflexes: lack of interaction with alpha2-adrenoceptor or mu-opioid receptor mechanisms.

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    Bradley, K J; Headley, P M

    1997-07-23

    Agmatine has been tested i.v. in alpha-chloralose anaesthetised rats for its effects on spinal nociceptive reflexes evoked by mechanical and electrical stimuli. Agmatine did not affect reflexes until very high doses (200 mg/kg, i.v.) which also caused complex cardiovascular disturbances. In spinally intact rats agmatine reduced reflexes; it was slightly less potent when there was carrageenan-induced hind paw inflammation. The alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist atipamezole (80 microg/kg) did not significantly affect these reductions. In spinalised animals, agmatine caused a generalised increase in background firing which in animals with a non-inflamed paw was significantly reduced after atipamezole. There was no significant change in evoked responses once corrected for background activity. In all groups of animals agmatine, when administered at various doses and times prior to the mu-opioid receptor agonist fentanyl, had no effect on the ID50 of fentanyl.

  3. Identification and characterization of (/sup 3/H)-rauwolscine binding to alpha2-adrenoceptors in the canine saphenous vein

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    Gout, B.

    1988-01-01

    The biochemical exploration of the alpha2-adrenergic receptors was investigated in the canine saphenous vein using the highly selective alpha2-adrenergic antagonist rauwolscine as a tritiated ligand. Following an enzymatic digestive pretreatment, the authors isolated a purified smooth muscle cell membranes fraction from saphenous veins in quantity sufficient to permit them to study the venous alpha2-adrenoreceptor content. The binding of tritiated rauwolscine was rapid, specific, saturable and reversible. The presence of high affinity sites with a density of binding Bmax of 125.2 /+ -/ 43.1 fmol/mg protein was demonstrated on a unique class of non interacting sites. The kinetically derived Kd was 1.28 nM, in good agreement with the value obtained from saturation isotherms. The pharmacological profile of these sites was assessed by the comparison of the potency of alpha-adrenergic agonists and antagonists to inhibit 1 nM (/sup 3/H)-rauwolscine. Their efficacy was respectively: rauwolscine > phentolamine > RX 781094 > clonidine >> prazosin > (-)-phenylephrine > (-)-noradrenaline. The results showed that (/sup 3/H)-rauwolscine bound specifically to sites in their membranal preparation, which had the pharmacological characteristics of the alpha2-adrenoceptors. The correlation between biochemical and pharmacological data revealed the usefulness of binding methods in the further study of adrenergic mechanisms in the canine saphenous vein.

  4. Alpha1-adrenoceptors mediate dihydroxyphenylalanine-induced activity in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-lesioned macaques.

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    Visanji, N P; Fox, S H; Johnston, T H; Millan, M J; Brotchie, J M

    2009-01-01

    The mechanisms underlying actions of dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) in Parkinson's disease remain to be fully elucidated. Noradrenaline formed from L-DOPA may stimulate alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. We assessed the involvement of alpha(1)-adrenoceptors in actions of L-DOPA in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-lesioned macaques. In each animal, the minimal dose of L-DOPA required to alleviate parkinsonian symptoms was defined (12.5-25 mg/kg p.o.). The effects of coadministration of the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin ([4-(4-amino-6,7-dimethoxy-quinazolin-2-yl) piperazin-1-yl]-(2-furyl)methanone) on motor activity, parkinsonism, and dyskinesia were assessed. Antiparkinsonian benefit was accompanied by mild dyskinesia. L-DOPA also elicited hyperactivity, i.e., activity greater than that seen in normal animals. Coadministration of prazosin (0.16-0.63 mg/kg p.o.) with L-DOPA did not significantly affect either its antiparkinsonian actions or dyskinesia. However, prazosin significantly and dose-dependently attenuated L-DOPA-induced activity, reducing it to a level equivalent to that of normal animals. More specifically, during periods of pronounced L-DOPA-induced activity, prazosin attenuated the total and duration of activity by 80 and 76%, respectively. These actions of prazosin were expressed in the absence of sedation. Although activation of alpha(1)-adrenoceptors plays no major role in the antiparkinsonian and dyskinetic effects of L-DOPA per se, it does contribute to the induction of hyperactivity. alpha(1)-Adrenoceptors may be involved in pathological responses to L-DOPA treatment, including the dopamine dysregulation syndrome.

  5. Cardiac and bronchial beta-adrenoceptor antagonistic potencies of atenolol, metoprolol, acebutolol, practolol, propranolol and pindolol in the anaesthetized dog.

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    Harms, H H; Spoelstra, A J

    1978-01-01

    1. The beta-adrenoceptor antagonists atenolol, metoprolol, acebutolol, practolol, propranolol and pindolol have been tested for their ability to reduce isoprenaline-induced bronchodilation and tachycardia in the anaesthetized dog. 2. Atenolol, metoprolol, acebutolol and practolol all possessed a similar degree of cardioselectivity in this animal model.

  6. Alpha2 adrenoceptors regulate proliferation of human intestinal epithelial cells

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    Schaak, S; Cussac, D; Cayla, C; Devedjian, J; Guyot, R; Paris, H; Denis, C

    2000-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND AIMS—Previous studies on rodents have suggested that catecholamines stimulate proliferation of the intestinal epithelium through activation of α2 adrenoceptors located on crypt cells. The occurrence of this effect awaits demonstration in humans and the molecular mechanisms involved have not yet been elucidated. Here, we examined the effect of α2 agonists on a clone of Caco2 cells expressing the human α2A adrenoceptor.
METHODS—Cells were transfected with a bicistronic plasmid containing the α2C10 and neomycin phosphotransferase genes. G418 resistant clones were assayed for receptor expression using radioligand binding. Receptor functionality was assessed by testing its ability to couple Gi proteins and to inhibit cAMP production. Mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) phosphorylation was followed by western blot, and cell proliferation was estimated by measuring protein and DNA content.
RESULTS—Permanent transfection of Caco2 cells allowed us to obtain a clone (Caco2-3B) expressing α2A adrenoceptors at a density similar to that found in normal human intestinal epithelium. Caco2-3B retained morphological features and brush border enzyme expression characteristic of enterocytic differentiation. The receptor was coupled to Gi2/Gi3 proteins and its stimulation caused marked diminution of forskolin induced cAMP production. Treatment of Caco2-3B with UK14304 (α2 agonist) induced a rapid increase in the phosphorylation state of MAPK, extracellular regulated protein kinase 1 (Erk1), and 2 (Erk2). This event was totally abolished in pertussis toxin treated cells and in the presence of kinase inhibitors (genistein or PD98059). It was unaffected by protein kinase C downregulation but correlated with a transient increase in Shc tyrosine phosphorylation. Finally, sustained exposure of Caco2-3B to UK14304 resulted in modest but significant acceleration of cell proliferation. None of these effects was observed in the parental cell line Caco2.

  7. Postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors in the perfused canine saphenous vein in vitro.

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    Nunes, J P; Moura, D; Guimarães, S; de la Lande, I S

    1991-05-01

    To study the relative localization of alpha 1 and alpha 2-adrenoceptors in relation to the intima and the adventitia of canine saphenous vein, a comparison was made of the potency of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists applied by intraluminal and extraluminal route of perfused segments of that vessel. Noradrenaline was the most potent of the agonists used and was approximately as potent by intraluminal as by extraluminal route. Cocaine (12 mumol/l) caused supersensitivity to noradrenaline which was of about the same magnitude (threefold) irrespective of the route of administration of noradrenaline. The selective alpha 1-agonist phenylephrine was about 10 times less potent than noradrenaline and was also equieffective by both routes. The selective alpha 2-agonist UK-14,304, at concentrations lower than 0.3 mumol/l, caused very small responses and only in 3 out of 14 experiments. In all cases it caused responses at concentrations higher than 0.3 mumol/l. Cocaine did not change the sensitivity to either phenylephrine or UK-14,304. Thus, it is concluded that the results obtained with cocaine agreed with expectations for a homogeneously innervated tissue. Furthermore, alpha 1-adrenoceptors seem to predominate and to be evenly distributed throughout the media. The lack of responses to the low concentrations of UK-14,304--those selectively acting on alpha 2-adrenoceptors--was ascribed to the very low efficacy of this agonist on the distal part of the canine saphenous vein and to the tone created by the perfusion pressure which might be high enough to mask this small response.

  8. Upregulation of the alpha1-adrenoceptor-induced phosphoinositide and inotropic response in hypothyroid rat heart.

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    Jalali, Shahrzad; Durston, Melanie; Panagia, Vincenzo; Mesaeli, Nasrin

    2006-02-01

    In this study, we examined changes in the biochemical and inotropic events of the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor signaling pathway in hypothyroid rat hearts. Hypothyroidism was induced by treating experimental animals with 0.05% 6-n-propyl-2-thiouracil (PTU) in drinking water for 7 weeks. A significant decrease of beta- and an increase in alpha(1)-adrenoceptor density as well as an increase in the basal activity of the phosphoinositide (4,5) bisphosphate hydrolyzing phospholipase C was observed in sarcolemmal membranes purified from hypothyroid hearts as compared to age-matched euthyroid controls. Following stimulation with 10 microM phenylephrine (in the presence of 10 microM atenolol), the increase of contractile parameters over baseline values was significantly higher in hypo- than euthyroid hearts, while the opposite occurred under beta-stimulation with 0.1 microM isoproterenol. Interestingly, the increase in phenylephrine-mediated positive inotropy was accompanied by a significant increase in the sarcolemmal phospholipase C activity and in the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate content in hypothyroid as compared to euthyroid controls. Our results suggest that cardiac alpha(1)-adrenoceptor and its associated phosphoinositide signaling pathway may act as a reserve for catecholamine inotropic response in hypothyroidism, where the beta-adrenoceptors are compromised.

  9. Binding studies of platelet alpha 2- and lymphocyte beta 2-adrenoceptors in patients with cirrhosis.

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    MacGilchrist, A J; Deighton, N M; Hamilton, C A; Reid, J L

    1990-01-01

    Radioligand binding studies were performed on 10 patients with cirrhosis and 10 healthy subjects. Bmax and KD of platelet alpha 2-adrenoceptors, studied using [3H]-yohimbine, were similar in both groups (Bmax 24.9 vs 22.1 fmol/10(9) platelets, P = 0.47; KD 4.6 vs 5.5 nmol 1-1, P = 0.56). Bmax and KD of lymphocyte beta 2-adrenoceptors, studied using [125I]-iodocyanopindolol, were also similar in both groups (Bmax 24.0 vs 27.2 fmol mg-1 protein, P = 0.55; KD 49.6 vs 55.3 pmol 1-1, P = 0.65). In this model there is no evidence of adrenoceptor down-regulation in cirrhosis despite the increased sympathetic activity in this condition. PMID:1963313

  10. Photoaffinity labeling of human platelet and rabbit kidney. cap alpha. -adrenoceptors with (/sup 3/H)SKF 102229

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    Regan, J.W.; Raymond, J.R.; Lefkowitz, R.J.; DeMarinis, R.M.

    1986-06-13

    A newly developed ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenergic photoaffinity ligand, 3-methyl-6-chloro-9-azido-1H-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-3-benzazepine (SKF 102229), has been radiolabeled with tritium to a specific activity of approx. 80 Ci/mmol. Using membranes prepared from human platelets and from rabbit kidney, ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptors have been covalently labeled following photolysis in the presence of (/sup 3/H)SKF 102229. As determined by SDS-PAGE, the apparent molecular weight of ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptors from both of these tissues was 64,000. The yield of covalent insertion of (/sup 3/H)SKF 102229 into the ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptor was very good. Thus, following photolysis up to 90% of the ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenoceptors could be irreversibly labeled with (/sup 3/H)SKF 102229.

  11. Enhanced bradycardia induced by beta-adrenoceptor antagonists in rats pretreated with isoniazid.

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    Vidrio, H; Sánchez-Salvatori, M A; Medina, M

    1998-12-01

    High doses of isoniazid increase hypotension induced by vasodilators and change the accompanying reflex tachycardia to bradycardia, an interaction attributed to decreased synthesis of brain gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). In the present study, the possible enhancement by isoniazid of bradycardia induced by beta-adrenoceptor antagonists was determined in rats anaesthetised with chloralose-urethane. Isoniazid significantly increased bradycardia after propranolol, pindolol, labetalol and atenolol, as well as after clonidine, but not after hexamethonium or carbachol. Enhancement was not observed in rats pretreated with methylatropine or previously vagotomised. These results are compatible with interference by isoniazid with GABAergic inhibition of cardiac parasympathetic tone. Such interference could be exerted centrally, possibly at the nucleus ambiguus, or peripherally at the sinus node.

  12. Evidence that different regional sympathetic outflows vary in their sensitivity to the sympathoinhibitory actions of putative 5-HT1A and alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists in anaesthetized cats.

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    Ramage, A. G.; Wilkinson, S. J.

    1989-01-01

    1. An investigation was carried out to determine whether the centrally acting hypotensive drugs whose mechanisms of action are due either to activation of 5-HT1A receptors (flesinoxan, 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8-OH-DPAT) and urapidil--also an alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist) or to activation of alpha 2-adrenoceptors (clonidine and moxonidine) cause differential sympathoinhibition. 2. Cats were anaesthetized with alpha-chloralose and simultaneous recordings were made of whole cardiac, splanchnic and renal nerve activity, blood pressure and heart rate. Cumulative dose-response (i.v.) curves were constructed in separate experiments for the above hypotensive agents on these parameters. 3. Renal nerve activity was found to be more sensitive to the sympathoinhibitory action of flesinoxan and 8-OH-DPAT when compared with cardiac nerve activity, whereas the reverse was observed for clonidine and moxonidine, cardiac being more sensitive than renal nerve activity. Splanchnic nerve activity was similarly affected by all drugs. Furthermore at the highest dose, all drugs tended to cause complete inhibition in all regional sympathetic nerve outflows. 4. Urapidil differed from all the above hypotensive drugs in that it caused a similar degree of sympathoinhibition in all sympathetic outflows at all doses. It is suggested that this may be due to the ability of urapidil to block central alpha 1-adrenoceptors in addition to stimulation of 5-HT1A receptors. PMID:2575414

  13. Induction by endogenous noradrenaline of an alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated positive inotropic effect in rabbit papillary muscles.

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    Hattori, Y.; Takeda, Y.; Nakaya, H.; Kanno, M.

    1993-01-01

    1. The possible involvement of alpha 1-adrenoceptors in the inotropic and electrophysiological responses to endogenous noradrenaline released by tyramine was examined in rabbit papillary muscles. 2. A concentration-dependent positive inotropic effect was produced by tyramine. This effect of tyramine was not observed in muscles from rabbits pretreated with reserpine. 3. The positive inotropic effect of tyramine was greatly inhibited by propranolol, but not altered by prazosin. However, when beta-adrenoceptors were blocked by pretreatment with propranolol, tyramine still produced a positive inotropic effect, an effect which was antagonized by prazosin. 4. Tyramine caused a decrease in action potential duration (APD) and an increase in action potential amplitude in a concentration-dependent manner. Isoprenaline also produced the same electrophysiological effects. These electrophysiological effects of both agents were inhibited by propranolol. 5. When beta-adrenoceptors were blocked by propranolol, the observed prazosin-sensitive positive inotropic effect of tyramine was not accompanied by any change in APD. In contrast, APD was markedly prolonged by alpha 1-adrenoceptor stimulation with phenylephrine in the presence of propranolol, in association with the positive inotropic effect. 6. It is concluded that in rabbit papillary muscles, endogenous noradrenaline causes a positive inotropic effect predominantly mediated by beta-adrenoceptors, but can still evoke a positive inotropic effect through alpha 1-adrenoceptors when beta-adrenoceptor stimulation is eliminated. This suggests that the alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated positive intropic mechanism(s) may be masked by simultaneous activation of beta-adrenoceptors. In addition, this study indicates that APD prolongation is not involved in the alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated inotropic responses to endogenous noradrenaline. PMID:8401934

  14. Protein kinase C activation increases noradrenaline release from the rat hippocampus and modifies the inhibitory effect of alpha 2-adrenoceptor and adenosine A1-receptor agonists.

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    Fredholm, B B; Lindgren, E

    1988-05-01

    We have studied the effect of stimulating protein kinase C with phorbol esters on the release of [3H]-noradrenaline (NA) in the absence or presence of presynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptor blocking agents and compared that to the elevation of cyclic AMP levels more than 10-fold by a combination of rolipram and forskolin. 4-beta-Phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDiBu) increased stimulated (3 Hz) [3H]-NA release markedly and in a concentration dependent manner. 4-alpha-Phorbol-12,13-didecanoate was ineffective. The effect of PDiBu was not significantly reduced by nifedipine (1 microM), but was proportionally less in the presence of an alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, yohimbine. PDiBu inhibited the presynaptic effect of alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists clonidine and UK 14304. By contrast, the presynaptic effect of the adenosine analogue R-PIA was not reduced by PDiBu. PDiBu caused an increase in cyclic AMP that depended on adenosine receptor stimulation. Elevation of cyclic AMP had a limited effect on NA release from rat hippocampus, and did not significantly decrease the presynaptic inhibitory effect of UK 14304 (0.1 microM), of morphine (1 microM) or of the adenosine A1-receptor agonist CHA (1 microM). The effect of phorbol esters and several presynaptic inhibitors of NA-release in the rat hippocampus cannot be explained by changes in cyclic AMP levels in the tissue. Phorbol esters that stimulate protein kinase C appear to interact with a target that is the site of action alpha 2-adrenoceptors in this tissue. This site is not a dihydropyridine sensitive Ca-channel and is also different from the target of presynaptic adenosine receptors. Thus, activation of protein kinase C discriminates between apparently similar presynaptic mechanisms.

  15. Agmatine potentiates morphine-induced conditioned place preference in mice: modulation by alpha2-adrenoceptors.

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    Tahsili-Fahadan, Pouya; Yahyavi-Firouz-Abadi, Noushin; Khoshnoodi, Mohammad Ali; Motiei-Langroudi, Rouzbeh; Tahaei, Seyed Amir; Ghahremani, Mohammad Hossein; Dehpour, Ahmad Reza

    2006-08-01

    The effects of agmatine, an endogenous polyamine metabolite formed by decarboxylation of L-arginine, and its combination with morphine on conditioned place preference (CPP) has been investigated in male mice. Our data show that subcutaneous administration of morphine (1-7.5 mg/kg) significantly increases the time spent in the drug-paired compartment in a dose-dependent manner. Intraperitoneal administration of agmatine (1-40 mg/kg) alone does not induce either CPP or conditioned place aversion, while combination of agmatine and subeffective doses of morphine leads to potent rewarding effects. Lower doses of morphine (0.1, 0.05, and 0.01 mg/kg) are able to induce CPP in mice pretreated with agmatine 1, 5, and 10 mg/kg, respectively. Concomitant intraperitoneal administration of UK 14 304 (0.5 mg/kg), a highly selective alpha2-agonist, with per se noneffective dose of morphine (0.5 mg/kg) and also its combination with noneffective doses of agmatine (1 mg/kg) plus morphine (0.05 mg/kg) produces significant CPP. UK 14 304 (0.05, 0.5 mg/kg) alone, or in combination with agmatine (1, 5 mg/kg) have had no effect. We have further investigated the possible involvement of the alpha2-adrenoceptors in the potentiating effect of agmatine on morphine-induced place preference. Selective alpha2-antagonists, yohimbine (0.005 mg/kg) and RX821002 (0.1, 0.5 mg/kg), block the CPP induced by concomitant administration of agmatine (5 mg/kg) and morphine (0.05 mg/kg). Yohimbine (0.001-0.05 mg/kg) or RX821002 (0.05-0.5 mg/kg) alone or in combination with morphine (0.05 mg/kg) or agmatine (5 mg/kg) fail to show any significant place preference or aversion. Our results indicate that pretreatment of animals with agmatine enhances the rewarding properties of morphine via a mechanism which may involve alpha2-adrenergic receptors.

  16. Impaired function of alpha-2 adrenoceptors in smooth muscle of mesenteric arteries from spontaneously hypertensive rats.

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    Feres, T; Borges, A C; Silva, E G; Paiva, A C; Paiva, T B

    1998-11-01

    The alpha2-adrenoceptor function in mesenteric arteries of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) was investigated by comparing membrane potential changes in response to adrenergic agonists in preparations from female SHR, Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) and normotensive Wistar rats (NWR). Resting membrane potential was found to be less negative in mesenteric arteries from SHR than in those from NWR and WKY. Apamin induced a decrease in the membrane potential of mesenteric artery rings without endothelium from NWR and WKY, but had no effects in those from SHR. Both UK 14,304 and adrenaline, in the presence of prazosin, induced a hyperpolarization that was significantly lower in de-endothelialized mesenteric rings from SHR than in those from NWR and WKY. In mesenteric rings with endothelium, however, similar hyperpolarization was observed in the three strains. In NWR mesenteric rings with endothelium the hyperpolarization induced by activation of alpha2-adrenoceptors was abolished by apamin, whereas in intact SHR mesenteric rings this hyperpolarization was slightly reduced by apamin and more efficiently reduced by Nomega-nitro-L-arginine. It is concluded that the activity of potassium channels coupled to alpha2-adrenoceptors is altered in the smooth muscle cells of SHR mesenteric arteries, contributing to their less negative membrane potential. On the other hand, the endothelial alpha2-receptors are functioning in mesenteric vessels from SHR and their stimulation induces a hyperpolarization mainly through the release of nitric oxide.

  17. Platelet and brain alpha 2-adrenoceptors and cardiovascular sensitivity to agonists in dogs suffering from endotoxic shock.

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    Hikasa, Y; Fukui, H; Sato, Y; Ogasawara, S; Matsuda, H

    1998-01-01

    We examined the changes in alpha 2-adrenoceptor binding on platelet and brain membranes of dogs treated with a non-lethal dose of endotoxin (0.1 mg/kg intravenously), and the alpha 2-adrenoceptor mediated cardiovascular effects during endotoxin shock. At 2 h, 24 h, and 7 days after endotoxin administration, the number of binding sites (Bmax) of [3H]yohimbine binding decreased and equilibrium dissociation constants (Kd) increased in platelets, whereas both Bmax and Kd decreased in either cerebral cortex or medulla oblongata. After 30 days of endotoxin administration, there were no significant differences in Bmax or Kd between the treated and untreated animals in both platelets and brain tissues. Significant positive correlations were observed for Bmax values between platelets and brain tissues, although negative correlations for Kd values between platelets and brain were not significant. Significant negative correlations were also observed between plasma catecholamine concentrations and platelet alpha 2-adrenoceptor number, and between plasma noradrenaline and medulla alpha 2-adrenoceptor number. Pretreatment with E coli endotoxin diminished cardiovascular effects such as bradycardia, hypotension, and increase in systemic vascular resistance induced by either i.v. clonidine or xylazine. This suggests that alpha 2-adrenoceptor activity is impaired in the central nervous system as well as in the peripheral vascular system during endotoxin shock. Therefore, platelets may in part represent a good model which reflects the alpha 2-adrenoceptor changes in the central nervous system and peripheral vascular system during and after endotoxin shock.

  18. Activation of the alpha(2A)-adrenoceptor mediates deceleration of the deaggregation component of the response to ADP or 5-HT in human platelets in vitro.

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    Maayani, S; Schwarz, T; Craddock-Royal, B; Tagliente, T M

    2001-09-01

    Platelet aggregation requires the concomitant activation of at least one G(i)- and one G(q)-coupled receptor. Epinephrine (EPI) amplifies the response elicited by a number of agonists for platelet aggregation. This study tested the hypothesis that platelet alpha(2A)-adrenoceptor activation causes deceleration of the deaggregation component of the platelet aggregation response when activated concomitantly with the G(q)-coupled adenosine diphosphate (ADP) P2Y(1) or 5-hydroxytryptamine(2A) receptor. The time course of the aggregation response of human platelet-rich plasma following activation of combinations of two or three receptors was assessed by turbidometry using lepirudin anticoagulation. Simultaneous activation of specific two- and three-receptor combinations was achieved using selective antagonists for the P2Y(12) and P2Y(1) receptor subtypes. Steady-state and kinetic parameters, obtained using a four-compartment kinetic model, were used to assess the effects on the net aggregation response. Graded alpha(2A)-adrenoceptor activation was associated with a concentration-dependent decrease of the rate constant of deaggregation. Activation of both ADP receptor subtypes and the alpha(2A)-adrenoceptor produced a concentration-dependent, mutual amplification of the aggregation response. In addition, when three receptors were simultaneously activated, mutual amplification of the aggregation response was observed at physiologically relevant concentrations of epinephrine or norepinephrine (NE) and ADP. We propose that similar to the P2Y(12) receptor, activation of the alpha(2A)-adrenoceptor decelerates the deaggregation component shifting the balance toward increased net aggregation. The effects of EPI and NE on the aggregation response may contribute to the mechanism of increased thrombotic risk present in certain pathophysiological and disease states.

  19. A point mutation of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor that blocks coupling to potassium but not calcium currents.

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    Surprenant, A; Horstman, D A; Akbarali, H; Limbird, L E

    1992-08-14

    The alpha 2A-adrenergic receptor (adrenoceptor) was stably expressed in AtT20 mouse pituitary tumor cells; adrenoceptor agonists inhibited adenylyl cyclase, inhibited voltage-dependent calcium currents, and increased inwardly rectifying potassium currents. An aspartic acid residue (Asp79) highly conserved among guanine nucleotide-binding protein (G protein)-coupled receptors was mutated to asparagine; in cells transfected with the mutant alpha 2-receptor, agonists inhibited adenylyl cyclase and calcium currents but did not increase potassium currents. Because distinct G proteins appear to couple adrenoceptors to potassium and calcium currents, the present findings suggest that the mutant alpha 2-adrenoceptor cannot achieve the conformation necessary to activate G proteins that mediate potassium channel activation.

  20. Molecular modeling of a putative antagonist binding site on helix III of the β-adrenoceptor

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    van Vlijmen, H. W. Th.; Ijzerman, A. P.

    1989-06-01

    In recent biochemical studies it was demonstrated that residue Asp113 of theβ-adrenoceptor (β-AR) is an indispensable amino acid for the binding of β-AR antagonists. Earlier fluorescence studies showed that a tryptophan-rich region of the β-AR is involved in the binding of propranolol, the prototype β-AR antagonist. Bearing these two biochemical findings in mind, we explored the β-AR part containing Asp113, for an energetically favorable antagonist binding site. This was done by performing molecular docking studies with the antagonist propranolol and a specific β-AR peptide which included, besides Asp113, two possibly relevant tryptophan residues. In the docking calculations, the propranolol molecule was allowed to vary all its internal torsional angles. The receptor peptide was kept in an α-helix conformation, while side chains relevant to ligand binding were flexible to enable optimal adaptations to the ligand's binding conformation. By means of force-field calculations the total energy was minimized, consisting of the intramolecular energies of both ligand and receptor peptide, and the intermolecular energy. We found an antagonist binding site, consisting of amino acids Asp113 and Trp109, which enabled energetically favorable interactions with the receptor-binding groups of propranolol. According to these results, binding involves three main interaction points: (i) a reinforced ionic bond; (ii) a hydrogen bond; and (iii) a hydrophobic/charge transfer interaction. The deduced binding site shows a difference in affinity between the levo- and dextrorotatory isomers of propranolol caused by a difference in ability to form a hydrogen bond, which is in conformity with the experimentally observed stereoselectivity. Moreover, it also provides an explanation for the β 1-selectivity of p-phenyl substituted phenoxypropanolamines like betaxolol. The p-phenyl substituent of betaxolol was shown to be sterically hindered upon binding to the β 2-AR peptide, whereas

  1. In vivo binding in rat brain and radiopharmaceutical preparation of radioiodinated HEAT, an alpha-1 adrenoceptor ligand

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    Couch, M.W.; Greer, D.M.; Thonoor, C.M.; Williams, C.M.

    1988-03-01

    In vivo binding of (/sup 125/I)-2-(beta-(3-iodo-4-hydroxyphenyl)ethylaminomethyl tetralone) ((/sup 125/I)HEAT) to alpha-1 adrenoceptors in the rat brain was determined over 4 hr. Uptake in the thalamus and frontal cortex was approximately 0.1% injected dose per gram tissue. Thalamus/cerebellum ratios of 10:1 and frontal cortex/cerebellum ratios of 5:1 were found at 4 hr. Pretreatment with prazosin, an alpha-1 antagonist, completely inhibited the accumulation of (/sup 125/I)HEAT in thalamus and frontal cortex; yet uptake of radioactivity was not significantly affected by antagonists and agonists for other receptors classes (propranolol, beta-1; apomorphine, D-1; spiperone, D-2). Binding of (/sup 125/I)HEAT is saturable. At 4 hr, (/sup 125/I)HEAT or (/sup 123/I)HEAT was shown to be the only radioactive material in rat thalamus and frontal cortex. Iodine-123 HEAT and (/sup 125/I)HEAT were synthesized as radiopharmaceuticals within 3 hr in 99% radiochemical purity.

  2. Modulation of the hepatic alpha 1-adrenoceptor responsiveness by colchicine: dissociation of free cytosolic Ca(2+)-dependent and independent responses.

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    Butta, N.; Martin-Requero, A.; Urcelay, E.; Parrilla, R.; Ayuso, M. S.

    1996-01-01

    1. The cytoskeletal depolymerizing agent, colchicine, prevents the hepatic alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated stimulation of respiration, H+ and Ca2+ release to the effluent perfusate, intracellular alkalosis, and glycogenolysis. Unlike the other parameters, colchicine does not perturb the alpha 1-agonist-induced stimulation of gluconeogenesis or phosphorylase 'a' activation, and enhances the increase in portal pressure response. The lack of effect of colchicine on the hepatic alpha 2-adrenoceptor-mediated effects indicates that its actions are alpha 1-specific. 2. Colchicine enhances the acute alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated intracellular Ca2+ mobilization and prevents the activation of protein kinase C. This differential effect on the two branches of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor signalling pathway is a distinctive feature of the colchicine action. 3. The lack of effect of colchicine in altering the alpha 1-adrenoceptor ligand binding affinity suggests that it might interact with some receptor-coupled regulatory element(s). 4. The acuteness of the colchicine effect and the ability of its isomer beta-lumicolchicine to prevent all the alpha 1-adrenoceptor-mediated responses but the increase in vascular resistance, indicate that its action cannot be merely ascribed to its effects in depolymerizing tubulin. 5. Colchicine perturbs the hepatic responses to vasoactive peptides. It enhances the vasopressin-induced rise of cytosolic free Ca2+ in isolated hepatocytes and prevents the sustained decrease of Ca2+ in the effluent perfusate. It also inhibits the stimulation of glycogenolysis, without altering the stimulation of gluconeogenesis. 6. It is concluded that there are at least two major alpha 1-adrenoceptor signalling pathways. One is colchicine-sensitive, independent of variations in free cytosolic Ca2+, and protein kinase C-dependent; the other one is colchicine-insensitive, dependent on variations in free cytosolic Ca2+, and protein kinase C-independent. PMID:8842446

  3. The Role of Alpha-1 and Alpha-2 Adrenoceptors in Restraint Stress-Induced Liver Injury in Mice

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    Wang, Yimei; Jia, Li; Zhao, Zengming; Peng, Shuangqing; Lei, Linsheng

    2014-01-01

    Acute stress affects cellular integrity in many tissues including the liver, but its underlying mechanism is still unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential involvement of catecholamines and adrenoceptors in the regulation of acute restraint stress-induced liver injury. Restraint was achieved by placing mice in restraint tubes. Mice were treated with either an α-l antagonist, prazosin, an α-2 antagonist, yohimbine, a β-l antagonist, betaxolol, a β-2 antagonist, ICI 118551, or a central and peripheral catecholamine depleting agent, reserpine, and followed by restraint stress. Assessment of liver injury (serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) , hepatic total GSH, GSSG and GSH/GSSG ratio) , histopathology and of apoptosis, by TUNEL (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labelling) assay and western blotting, was performed. Three hours of restraint stress resulted in liver injury, as indexed by elevated serum transaminase levels, decreased hepatic total GSH levels and GSH/GSSG ratio, increased hepatic GSSG levels as well as enhanced hepatocytes apoptosis. Either reserpine or prazosin or yohimbine was found to attenuate liver injury. Furthermore, prazosin and yohimbine protected against restraint-induced hepatocytes apoptosis through attenuating the activation of caspases-9 and -3 and reducing the Bax/Bcl-2 ratio. These results suggest that α-1 and α-2 adrenoceptors mediate restraint-induced liver oxidative injury through caspase-9 and Bcl-2 family of apoptotic regulatory proteins. PMID:24682087

  4. Estrogen increases smooth muscle expression of alpha2C-adrenoceptors and cold-induced constriction of cutaneous arteries.

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    Eid, A H; Maiti, K; Mitra, S; Chotani, M A; Flavahan, S; Bailey, S R; Thompson-Torgerson, C S; Flavahan, N A

    2007-09-01

    Raynaud's phenomenon, which is characterized by intense cold-induced constriction of cutaneous arteries, is more common in women compared with men. Cold-induced constriction is mediated in part by enhanced activity of alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors (alpha(2C)-ARs) located on vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMs). Experiments were therefore performed to determine whether 17beta-estradiol regulates alpha(2C)-AR expression and function in cutaneous VSMs. 17beta-Estradiol (0.01-10 nmol/l) increased expression of the alpha(2C)-AR protein and the activity of the alpha(2C)-AR gene promoter in human cultured dermal VSMs, which was assessed following transient transfection of the cells with a promoter-reporter construct. The effect of 17beta-estradiol was associated with increased accumulation of cAMP and activation of the cAMP-responsive Rap2 GTP-binding protein. Transient transfection of VSMs with a dominant-negative mutant of Rap2 inhibited the 17beta-estradiol-induced activation of the alpha(2C)-AR gene promoter, whereas a constitutively active mutant of Rap2 increased alpha(2C)-AR promoter activity. The effects of 17beta-estradiol were inhibited by the estrogen receptor (ER) antagonist, ICI-182780 (1 micromol/l), and were mimicked by a cell-impermeable form of the hormone (estrogen:BSA) or by the selective ER-alpha receptor agonist 4,4',4'''-(4-propyl-[(1)H]-pyrazole-1,3,5-triyl)tris-phenol (PPT; 10 nmol/l) or the selective ER-beta receptor agonist 2,3-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)-propionitrile (DPN; 10 nmol/l). Therefore, 17beta-estradiol increased expression of alpha(2C)-ARs by interacting with cell surface receptors to cause a cAMP/Rap2-dependent increase in alpha(2C)-AR transcription. In mouse tail arteries, 17beta-estradiol (10 nmol/l) increased alpha(2C)-AR expression and selectively increased the cold-induced amplification of alpha(2)-AR constriction, which is mediated by alpha(2C)-ARs. An estrogen-dependent increase in expression of cold-sensitive alpha(2C)-ARs may contribute

  5. Stress effects on declarative memory retrieval are blocked by a beta-adrenoceptor antagonist in humans.

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    Schwabe, Lars; Römer, Sonja; Richter, Steffen; Dockendorf, Svenja; Bilak, Boris; Schächinger, Hartmut

    2009-04-01

    Previous evidence indicates that stress hormone effects on memory consolidation depend on concurrent emotional arousal-induced noradrenergic activity. Here, we asked whether this is also true for stress effects on memory retrieval and hypothesized that administration of the beta-adrenoceptor antagonist propranolol would block the effects of stress on declarative and procedural retrieval performance. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study, 44 healthy young men learned a list of emotional and neutral words (declarative memory task) and completed a serial reaction time task (procedural memory task). On the following day, participants received either a placebo or 40 mg propranolol orally. One hour later, they were exposed to stress (socially evaluated cold pressor test (SECPT)) or a control condition 30 min prior to retention testing. Stress selectively enhanced the retrieval of emotionally arousing words. Pretreatment with propranolol had no effect on memory alone but blocked the stress-induced memory enhancement for emotional words, confirming the importance of noradrenergic activity in stress effects on memory retrieval. Memory for neutral words and the procedural task was neither affected by stress nor by propranolol. The present findings suggest that stress (hormone) effects on emotional memory retrieval require concurrent noradrenergic activation. Procedural memory retrieval and the retrieval of neutral verbal material appear to be less susceptible to stress.

  6. Role of alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors in catecholamine-induced hyperglycaemia, lipolysis and insulin secretion in conscious fasted rabbits.

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    Moratinos, J; Carpene, C; de Pablos, I; Reverte, M

    1988-06-01

    1. In conscious fasted rabbits an intravenous infusion of clonidine (2 micrograms kg-1 min-1) induced hyperglycaemia. The increase in blood glucose was accompanied by an inhibition of insulin secretion and basal lipolysis. 2. Yohimbine infused at a rate of 20 micrograms kg-1 min-1 suppressed clonidine-induced hyperglycaemia and blocked the inhibitory effect on insulin secretion mediated by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist. 3. The intravenous infusion of amidephrine (10 micrograms kg-1 min-1) induced an increase in insulin secretion in the absence of patent hyperglycaemia. Prazosin, 0.3 mg kg-1 s.c. selectively antagonized the effect of amidephrine on insulin secretion. 4. Isoprenaline infusion (4.4 micrograms kg-1 min-1) evoked a significant increase in blood glycerol and immunoreactive insulin plasma levels. Both responses were clearly attenuated when alpha 2-adrenoceptors were simultaneously stimulated by selective (clonidine) and less selective (phenylephrine, 20 micrograms kg-1 min-1) agonists. 5. Amidephrine infusion did not induce appreciable changes in blood glycerol nor did it modify, isoprenaline-induced lipolytic response. 6. Simultaneous infusion of isoprenaline and amidephrine induced a remarkable increase in insulin secretion. 7. It is concluded that in normal fasted rabbits stimulation of alpha 2-adrenoceptors depresses basal and beta-adrenoceptor mediated lipolysis and insulin secretion. On the other hand, selective stimulation of alpha 1-adrenoceptors does not affect lipolysis but induces insulin release. Simultaneous stimulation of alpha 1- and beta-adrenoceptors potentiates the insulin secretory response.

  7. Novel arylpiperazines as selective alpha1-adrenergic receptor antagonists.

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    Li, X; Murray, W V; Jolliffe, L; Pulito, V

    2000-05-15

    A novel series of arylpiperazines has been synthesized and identified as antagonists of alpha1a adrenergic receptor (alpha1a-AR) implicated in benign prostatic hyperplasia. These compounds selectively bind to membrane bound alpha1a-AR with K(i)s as low as 0.66 nM. As such, these potentially represent a viable treatment for BPH without the side effects associated with known alpha1-adrenergic antagonists.

  8. Milnacipran, a serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, suppresses long-term potentiation in the rat hippocampal CA1 field via 5-HT1A receptors and alpha 1-adrenoceptors.

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    Tachibana, Kaori; Matsumoto, Machiko; Togashi, Hiroko; Kojima, Taku; Morimoto, Yuji; Kemmotsu, Osamu; Yoshioka, Mitsuhiro

    2004-03-04

    Pharmacological characteristics of a serotonin (5-HT) and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), milnacipran, in modulation of the synaptic plasticity were investigated. Milnacipran (30 mg/kg, i.p.) suppressed the long-term potentiation (LTP) in the hippocampal CA1 field of anesthetized rats. Milnacipran-induced suppression was reversed by pretreatment with the selective 5-HT1A receptor antagonist WAY 100635 (0.1 mg/kg, i.v.) or the alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin (1 and 10 microg/rat, i.c.v.). The alpha2-adrenoceptor antagonist idazoxan (5 mg/kg, i.p.) did not influence the milnacipran-induced synaptic responses. These data suggest that the inhibitory effects of milnacipran on LTP induction are mediated via both 5-HT1A receptors and alpha1-adrenoceptors. In other words, functional interaction between the serotonergic and noradrenergic neuronal systems is involved in alteration of the hippocampal synaptic plasticity, which may be implicated in the SNRI-induced therapeutic effect on psychiatric disorders.

  9. Betaxolol, a beta1-adrenoceptor antagonist, protects a transient ischemic injury of the retina.

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    Woo Cheon, Eun; Hee Kim, Young; Yun Cho, Yi; Joon Kim, Hyun; Soo Kang, Sang; Jae Cho, Gyeong; Myong Yoo, Ji; Kyung Song, Joon; Sung Choi, Wan

    2002-11-01

    In the present study, we investigated the protective effects of the topical beta-adrenoceptor antagonist Betoptic((R)) (0.25% betaxolol) in the rat retina following the ischemic injury induced by a transient increase of intraocular pressure (IOP). Like other areas of the central nervous system, the retina is highly vulnerable to ischemic-induced injury. Ischemia was induced in the rat retina by raising the IOP above the systolic blood pressure for 60min. After an ischemia/reperfusion, the thickness of the retinal layers and the immunoreactivities of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) were examined. After a reperfusion period of 7 days, the thickness of both the inner plexiform layer and inner nuclear layer was much decreased. After a reperfusion period of 14-28 days, the thickness of the outer nuclear layer decreased markedly. Moreover, the ChAT and TH immunoreactivity had almost completely disappeared in the retinas after 7 days, while GABA immunoreactivity remained for 28 days. These results suggest that the inner retinal layers are more susceptible to ischemic-induced injury than the outer retinal layer.Histological examination demonstrated protective effects of betaxolol on ischemic-induced retinal damage, which was more substantial in the inner retinal layer. When two drops of betaxolol, once before ischemic injury and twice daily for 28 days after ischemia, were continuously administered, the reductions in the retinal ChAT, GABA and TH immunoreactivities were significantly attenuated. The present study suggests that topically applied betaxolol is an efficient neuroprotective agent and prevents the retinal cell damage induced by ischemic injury in rats.

  10. Rayleigh light scattering detection of three α1-adrenoceptor antagonists coupled with high performance liquid chromatograph

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    Li, Ai Ping; Peng, Huanjun; Peng, Jing Dong; Zhou, Ming Qiong; Zhang, Jing

    2015-08-01

    Herein, a Rayleigh light-scattering (RLS) detection method combined with high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) without any post-column probe was developed for the separation and determination of three α1-adrenoceptor antagonists. The quantitative analysis is benefiting from RLS signal enhancement upon addition of methanol which induced molecular aggregation to form an hydrophobic interface between aggregates and water that produce a sort of superficial enhanced scattering effect. A good chromatographic separation among the compounds was achieved using a Gemini 5u C18 reversed phase column (250 mm × 4.6 mm; 4 μm) with a mobile phase consisting of methanol and ammonium acetate-formic acid buffer solution (25 mM; pH = 3.0) at the flow rate of 0.7 mL min-1. The RLS signal was monitored at λex = λem = 354 nm. A limit of detection (LOD) of 0.065-0.70 μg L-1 was reached and a linear range was found between peak height and concentration in the range of 0.75-15 μg L-1 for doxazosin mesylate (DOX), 0.075-3.0 μg L-1 for prazosin hydrochloride (PRH), and 0.25-5 μg L-1 for terazosin hydrochloride (TEH), with linear regression coefficients all above 0.999. Recoveries from spiked urine samples were 88.4-99.0% which is within acceptable limits. The proposed method is convenient, reliable and sensitive which has been used successfully in human urine samples.

  11. [alpha]2A-Adrenoceptor Stimulation Improves Prefrontal Cortical Regulation of Behavior through Inhibition of cAMP Signaling in Aging Animals

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    Verduzco, Luis; van Dyck, Christopher H.; Arnsten, Amy F. T.; Ramos, Brian P.; Stark, David

    2006-01-01

    The working-memory functions of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) are improved by stimulation of postsynaptic, [alpha]2A-adrenoceptors, especially in aged animals with PFC cognitive deficits. Thus, the [alpha]2A-adrenoceptor agonist, guanfacine, greatly improves working-memory performance in monkeys and rats following systemic administration or…

  12. The effects of anesthetics and ethanol on alpha2 adrenoceptor subtypes expressed with G protein-coupled inwardly rectifying potassium channels in Xenopus oocytes.

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    Hara, Koji; Yamakura, Tomohiro; Sata, Takeyoshi; Harris, R Adron

    2005-11-01

    A wide range of physiological effects are mediated by alpha2-adrenoceptors (ARs) through their association with G protein-coupled inwardly rectifying potassium (GIRK) channels. Although alpha2-ARs are divided into three subtypes (alpha2A-C), a pharmacological distinction among the subtypes is difficult to establish because of the lack of a selective agonist and antagonist; therefore, little is known about the effects of anesthetics on the alpha2-AR subtypes. We expressed each subtype together with GIRK1/GIRK2 subunits in Xenopus oocytes and observed alpha2-AR-mediated GIRK1/GIRK2 currents to test the effects of ethanol, halothane, and several IV anesthetics at clinical concentrations. UK 14,304, a selective alpha2-AR agonist, evoked GIRK1/GIRK2 currents in every subtype. None of the IV anesthetics, which included pentobarbital, propofol, ketamine, and alphaxalone, influenced UK 14,304-evoked potassium currents in any of the receptor subtypes. Ethanol enhanced the UK 14,304-evoked potassium currents, whereas halothane inhibited the currents. However, these effects were not significantly different from those on the baseline-GIRK1/GIRK2 current, suggesting that neither ethanol nor halothane acts directly on the alpha2-AR subtypes. Although none of the drugs examined had any effect on the alpha2-ARs, the physiological actions of the alpha2-ARs mediated by the GIRK1/GIRK2 channels may be affected by ethanol and halothane.

  13. Acute and long-term administration of citalopram desensitizes alpha2-adrenoceptors in the rat vas deferens.

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    Grandoso, Laura; García, Laura; Pineda, Joseba; Ugedo, Luisa

    2006-03-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of citalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, on the sensitivity of rat vas deferens alpha2-adrenoceptors and to compare it with the effects of serotonin and the dual noradrenaline-serotonin uptake inhibitor duloxetine. To this end, we studied the inhibitory effect of the alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist bromoxidine on the electrically induced contraction of the vas deferens. Citalopram (1, 3 x 10(3) and 3 x 10(4) nM) applied in-vitro significantly attenuated the concentration-response inhibition induced by activation of alpha2-adrenoceptors on the electrically evoked contraction of the vas deferens (concentration of the agonist required to promote 50% of the maximal effect, EC50, for bromoxidine increased by 232%, 421% and 818%, respectively). Similarly, serotonin also attenuated the concentration-response inhibition mediated by presynaptic alpha2-adrenoceptors (96% increase in EC50). Acute and long-term systemic administration of citalopram and duloxetine also produced a loss in the sensitivity of alpha2-adrenoceptors to bromoxidine (EC50 for bromoxidine increased by 97% and 144%, respectively, after citalopram, and by 214% and 167% after duloxetine). In addition, we observed that an increased fraction of receptors was required to be occupied to yield 50% of the inhibitory effect of bromoxidine after long-term administration of citalopram and duloxetine (KE increased by 142% and 83%). These results are indicative of early-onset and persistent down-regulation of peripheral alpha2-adrenoceptors by citalopram, which may account for some of its side effects.

  14. Effects of different alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers on proximal urethral function using in vivo isovolumetric pressure changes.

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    Yamaguchi, Takanori; Nagano, Masashi; Osada, Yukio

    2005-10-01

    The effects of different alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers on the urethra and the cardiovascular system were evaluated using an in vivo isovolumetric intra-urethral pressure model in New Zealand white rabbits. The urethra of anesthetized male rabbits was cannulated through the bladder and secured at the vesico-urethral junction. The distal side of urethra under the pubic bone was also closed to allow measurement of the intra-urethral pressure. Both the intra-urethral pressure and the femoral arterial pressure were monitored. The effects of five different alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers on the increases in both the intra-urethral pressure and blood pressure induced by phenylephrine were then examined. The inhibition rate of the alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers prazosin, bunazosin, terazosin, alfuzosin and tamsulosin on the increase in intra-urethral pressure caused as a result of contraction by phenylephrine was 87.5 +/- 4.5% (mean +/- S.E.), 88.0 +/- 7.2%, 86.2 +/- 6.2%, 81.4 +/- 4.8% and 92.5 +/- 5.0% respectively. The potency ranking of these alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers was tamsulosin > bunazosin > prazosin > terazosin > alfuzosin. Their inhibition rate of the arterial pressure increase induced by phenylephrine was 81.9 +/- 5.0%, 86.2 +/- 5.9%, 76.0 +/- 6.0%, 63.6 +/- 5.7% and 58.0 +/- 5.2% respectively, with a potency ranking of bunazosin > prazosin > terazosin > alfuzosin > tamsulosin. We therefore conclude that the alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers bunazosin and prazosin have a more potent action on both the urethra and the vascular system. However, tamsulosin and alfuzosin displayed a marked blockade of the increased urethral pressure induced by phenylephrine, with much less of a blockade of arterial pressure. In the present study, tamsulosin has been shown to be the most sensitive and powerful of the alpha-1 adrenoceptor blockers on urethral smooth muscle.

  15. Up-regulation of α1a and α1d-adrenoceptors in the prostate by administration of subtype selective α1-adrenoceptor antagonist tamsulosin in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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    Kojima, Yoshiyuki; Sasaki, Shoichi; Kubota, Yasue; Imura, Makoto; Oda, Nobuyuki; Kiniwa, Mamoru; Hayashi, Yutaro; Kohri, Kenjiro

    2011-10-01

    We examined the change in α(1)-adrenoceptor subtype expression in the prostate due to chronic tamsulosin administration in a benign prostatic hyperplasia rat model and in patients. We measured α(1)-adrenoceptor subtype expression after tamsulosin administration in the prostate of the benign prostatic hyperplasia rat model using TaqMan® reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. We also measured expression before and after 12-week tamsulosin treatment in the prostate of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. We examined the correlation between the change in α(1)-adrenoceptor expression due to tamsulosin treatment and acute urinary retention during long-term followup. The expression of α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors was significantly increased in dose dependent fashion by tamsulosin in the benign prostatic hyperplasia rat model. Median mRNA expression of subtypes α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors was 1.4 (IQR 0.6, 3.0) and 1.7 × 1,000 copies per 1 ng β-actin (IQR 0.9, 2.4) before treatment, and 6.0 (IQR 2.0, 8.0) and 2.2 × 1,000 copies per 1 ng β-actin (IQR 1.7, 3.6), respectively, after treatment. The expression of α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors significantly increased after tamsulosin treatment (p <0.01 and <0.05, respectively). This increase was observed in 10 patients in whom acute urinary retention did not develop during long-term followup but not in 4 in whom acute urinary tract retention developed. Tamsulosin up-regulated α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors, suggesting that it has clinical selectivity for α(1a) and α(1d)-adrenoceptors. Up-regulation of α(1)-adrenoceptors subtype expression is considered an adaptive response to chronic tamsulosin administration. The difference in the response to α(1)-adrenoceptors antagonists among patients may contribute to the diversity in the long-term efficiency of α(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists. Copyright © 2011 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All

  16. Phenylacetamides as selective alpha-1A adrenergic receptor antagonists.

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    Patane, M A; DiPardo, R M; Newton, R C; Price, R P; Broten, T P; Chang, R S; Ransom, R W; Di Salvo, J; Nagarathnam, D; Forray, C; Gluchowski, C; Bock, M G

    2000-08-07

    A novel class of potent and selective alpha-1a receptor antagonists has been identified. The structures of these antagonists were derived from truncating the 4-aryl dihydropyridine subunit present in known alpha-1a antagonists. The design principles which led to the discovery of substituted phenylacetamides, the synthesis and SAR of key analogues, and the results of select in vitro and in vivo studies are described.

  17. The selectivity of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists on isoprenaline-induced changes in heart rate, blood pressure, soleus muscle contractility and airways function in anaesthetized cats.

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    Letts, L. G.; Richardson, D. P.; Temple, D. M.; Williams, L. R.

    1983-01-01

    The beta-adrenoceptor antagonist of propranolol, metoprolol, atenolol and butoxamine in anaesthetized cats has been measured and compared with the activity of four synthetic phenylethanolamine derivatives. The effects of isoprenaline on four parameters in the anaesthetized cat: heart rate, blood pressure, soleus muscle contractility and airway reactance, were measured and the modification of the isoprenaline dose-response relation by each of the antagonist drugs assessed. Parallel shifts in log dose-response curves for isoprenaline were caused by propranolol for all parameters, by metoprolol and atenolol for each parameter except blood pressure, and butoxamine for each except soleus muscle and heart rate. Selectivity of action of the antagonists between different organs was measured by comparing DR10 values, computed from isoprenaline dose-ratios. Propranolol was the most potent antagonist and showed slight selectivity of action on soleus muscle compared with heart. Atenolol and metoprolol were approximately equipotent and were cardioselective at low doses only. Butoxamine was the least potent antagonist and possessed non-beta-adrenoceptor effects on the parameters measured. Each of the new compounds, 4'-bromo-2'-methoxy-N-isopropyl phenylethanolamine, the 4'-chloro- and 4'-methyl analogues, and 4'-methoxy-N-t-butyl phenylethanolamine, was a potent antagonist but did not exhibit any selectivity of action. The results suggest no clear separation of beta-adrenoceptors into beta 1- and beta 2-subclasses in organs of the cat. There is no apparent separation of beta-adrenoceptor-mediated effects on skeletal muscle and airways. PMID:6140058

  18. Effect of potassium channel blockade and alpha 2-adrenoceptor activation on the release of nitric oxide from non-adrenergic non-cholinergic nerves.

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    De Man, J G; Boeckxstaens, G E; Herman, A G; Pelckmans, P A

    1994-05-01

    1. Using a superfusion bioassay cascade, we studied the effect of K+ channel blockers and alpha 2-adrenoceptor agents on the release of a transferable factor, previously characterized as nitric oxide (NO) or a nitric oxide-related substance (NO-R), in response to non-adrenergic non-cholinergic (NANC) nerve stimulation in the canine ileocolonic junction (ICJ). 2. The non-selective K+ channel blockers, 4-aminopyridine (4-AP, 50 microM) and tetraethylammonium (TEA, 1 mM) and the more selective blocker of Ca(2+)-activated K+ channels, charybdotoxin (Leiurus quinquestriatus venom (LQV), 0.4 microgram ml-1), significantly enhanced the release of NO-R induced by low frequency stimulation (2-4 Hz). In the presence of 4-AP and TEA, the release of NO-R was nearly abolished by tetrodotoxin (2 microM), and by L-NG-nitroarginine (L-NOARG, 0.1 mM). Relaxations induced by direct injection of exogenous NO (5-50 pmol) or nitroglycerin (GTN, 10-30 pmol) onto the rabbit aortic detector ring were not affected. 3. The alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, UK-14,304 (0.3 microM) inhibited the release of NO-R induced by low (2-4 Hz), but not that induced by high (16 Hz), frequency stimulation. This inhibitory effect was completely reversed by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, yohimbine (0.3 microM). Neither UK-14,304 nor yohimbine affected the relaxations induced by exogenous NO (5 pmol) or GTN (10 pmol) on the aortic detector ring.3+

  19. Developmental enhancement of alpha2-adrenoceptor-mediated suppression of inhibitory synaptic transmission onto mouse cerebellar Purkinje cells.

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    Hirono, M; Matsunaga, W; Chimura, T; Obata, K

    2008-09-22

    Noradrenaline (NA) modulates glutamatergic and GABAergic transmission in various areas of the brain. It is reported that some alpha2-adrenoceptor subtypes are expressed in the cerebellar cortex and alpha2-adrenoceptors may play a role in motor coordination. Our previous study demonstrated that the selective alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist clonidine partially depresses spontaneous inhibitory postsynaptic currents (sIPSCs) in mouse cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs). Here we found that the inhibitory effect of clonidine on sIPSCs was enhanced during postnatal development. The activation of alpha2-adrenoceptors by clonidine did not affect sIPSCs in PCs at postnatal days (P) 8-10, when PCs showed a few sIPSCs and interneurons in the molecular layer (MLIs) did not cause action potential (AP). In the second postnatal week, the frequency of sIPSCs increased temporarily and reached a plateau at P14. By contrast, MLIs began to fire at P11 with the firing rate gradually increasing thereafter and reaching a plateau at P21. In parallel with this rise in the rate of firing, the magnitude of the clonidine-mediated inhibition of sIPSCs increased during postnatal development. Furthermore, the magnitude of the clonidine-mediated firing suppression in MLIs, which seemed to be mediated by a reduction in amplitude of the hyperpolarization-activated nonselective cation current, I(h), was constant across development. Both alpha2A- and alpha2B-, but not alpha2C-, adrenoceptors were strongly expressed in MLIs at P13, and P31. Therefore, the developmental enhancement of the clonidine-mediated inhibition of sIPSCs is attributed to an age-dependent increase in AP-derived sIPSCs, which can be blocked by clonidine. Thus, presynaptic activation of alpha2-adrenoceptors inhibits cerebellar inhibitory synaptic transmission after the second postnatal week, leading to a restriction of NA signaling, which is mainly mediated by alpha1- and beta2-adrenoceptors in the adult cerebellar neuronal circuit.

  20. Heterologous expression of the cloned guinea pig alpha 2A, alpha 2B, and alpha 2C adrenoceptor subtypes. Radioligand binding and functional coupling to a CAMP-responsive reporter gene.

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    Svensson, S P; Bailey, T J; Porter, A C; Richman, J G; Regan, J W

    1996-02-09

    Functional studies have shown that 6-chloro-9-[(3-methyl-2-butenyl)oxy]-3-methyl-1H-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-3- benzazepine (SKF 104078) has very low affinity for prejunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors (alpha 2-AR) in the guinea pig atrium. In this study, we have cloned guinea pig homologues of the human alpha 2-C10, alpha 2-C4 AR subtypes and have studied them in isolation by heterologous expression in cultured mammalian cells. Oligonucleotide primers, designed from conserved areas of the human alpha 2-ARs were used in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with template cDNA synthesized from guinea pig atrial mRNA. Three PCR products were obtained that shared identity with the three human alpha 2-AR subtypes. A guinea pig (gp) genomic library was screened with a cDNA clone encoding a portion of the gp-alpha 2A, and genes containing the complete coding sequences of the guinea pig alpha 2A, alpha 2B, and alpha 2C AR subtypes were obtained. These guinea pig genes were subcloned into a eukaryotic expression plasmid and were expressed transiently in COS-7 cells. The binding of the alpha 2-selective antagonist [3H]MK-912 to membranes prepared from these cells was specific and of high affinity with Kd values of 810 pM for gp-alpha 2A, 2700 pM for gp-alpha 2B and 110 pM for gp-alpha 2C. Competition for the binding of [3H]MK-912 by SKF 104078 indicated that it was of moderately high affinity (approximately 100 nM) but that it was not selective for any of the guinea pig alpha 2-AR subtypes. Co-expression of guinea pig alpha 2-AR subtypes with a cyclicAMP-responsive chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) reporter gene resulted in agonist-dependent modulation of CAT activity. For the gp-alpha 2 A, a biphasic response was obtained with low concentrations of noradrenaline (NE) decreasing forskolin-stimulated CAT activity and high concentrations causing a reversal. For the gp-alpha 2B, NE produced mostly potentiation of forskolin-stimulated activity, and for the gp-alpha 2C, NE caused

  1. alpha1-Adrenoceptors stimulate a Galphas protein and reduce the transient outward K+ current via a cAMP/PKA-mediated pathway in the rat heart.

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    Gallego, Mónica; Setién, Raúl; Puebla, Lilian; Boyano-Adánez, María Del Carmen; Arilla, Eduardo; Casis, Oscar

    2005-03-01

    alpha(1)-Adrenoceptor stimulation prolongs the duration of the cardiac action potentials and leads to positive inotropic effects by inhibiting the transient outward K(+) current (I(to)). In the present study, we have examined the role of several protein kinases and the G protein involved in I(to) inhibition in response to alpha(1)-adrenoceptor stimulation in isolated adult rat ventricular myocytes. Our findings exclude the classic alpha(1)-adrenergic pathway: activation of the G protein G(alphaq), phospholipase C (PLC), and protein kinase C (PKC), because neither PLC, nor PKC, nor G(alphaq) blockade prevents the alpha(1)-induced I(to) reduction. To the contrary, the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor does not inhibit I(to) in the presence of protein kinase A (PKA), adenylyl cyclase, or G(alphas) inhibitors. In addition, PKA and adenylyl cyclase activation inhibit I(to) to the same extent as phenylephrine. Finally, we have shown a functional coupling between the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor and G(alphas) in a physiological system. Moreover, this coupling seems to be compartmentalized, because the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor increases cAMP levels only in intact cells, but not in isolated membranes, and the effect on I(to) disappears when the cytoskeleton is disrupted. We conclude that alpha(1)-adrenoceptor stimulation reduces the amplitude of the I(to) by activating a G(alphas) protein and the cAMP/PKA signaling cascade, which in turn leads to I(to) channel phosphorylation.

  2. The beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist, betaxolol, is not released from the heart of the anaesthetized dog during sympathetic nerve stimulation.

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    Duval, N.; Lee, C. R.; Eon, M. T.; Petruzzo, P.; Langer, S. Z.

    1988-01-01

    1. We investigated the hypothesis that the beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist, betaxolol, can be accumulated by cardiac sympathetic nerve endings and then released together with noradrenaline during accelerans nerve stimulation. 2. Dogs were chronically treated with betaxolol (1 mg kg-1 daily, s.c.) for 7 days. Twenty four hours after the last dose, there was a significant retention of betaxolol in the heart of these dogs treated chronically with the beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist. However, during in vivo accelerans nerve stimulation, the concentration of betaxolol in the coronary sinus was not modified, whereas the noradrenaline concentration increased significantly. 3. Chronic betaxolol treatment antagonized the tachycardia induced by electrical stimulation of the cardiac accelerator nerves or by intravenous isoprenaline. However, the tachycardia induced by nerve stimulation was not antagonized to a greater extent than that induced by isoprenaline. 4. These findings are discussed in relation to a similar in vivo study in dogs treated with propranolol, in which the drug was found to be released into the coronary circulation during stimulation of the accelerans nerve. PMID:2905183

  3. Effects of beta-adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists on thermoregulation in the cold in lean and obese Zucker rats.

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    Carlisle, H J; Dubuc, P U; Stock, M J

    1993-12-01

    This experiment examines whether the thermoregulatory ability of obese Zucker rats is comparable to that of lean rats following treatment with beta-adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists in a cold (-8 degrees C) environment. Half-maximal doses of the nonselective beta-adrenoceptor agonist isoproterenol (ISO) produced net thermolytic (heat loss) effects in both obese and lean rats in an operant lever pressing for radiant heat task. ISO increased the demand for heat, but posttest colonic temperature (Tc) decreased. A low dose of propranolol (100 micrograms/kg) normalized thermoregulatory behavior, Tc, and thermal balance when coadministered with ISO. Activation of thermogenesis with the selective beta 3-agonist BRL 35135 (BRL) reduced heat influx by both obese and lean rats at doses between 2 and 10 micrograms/kg, but no dose-response effects were evident within this range. Posttest Tc and thermal balance indicated no thermolytic effects. No evidence was found for a beta 2-component in the BRL response when a supramaximal dose (40 micrograms/kg) was tested with the selective beta 2-antagonist ICI 118551 (1 mg/kg). These data show that, despite a higher baseline demand for heat, the obese Zucker rat responds to the thermogenic effects of BRL and the thermolytic effects of ISO as does the lean rat.

  4. Mild prenatal protein malnutrition increases alpha 2C-adrenoceptor expression in the rat cerebral cortex during postnatal life.

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    Sierralta, Walter; Hernández, Alejandro; Valladares, Luis; Pérez, Hernán; Mondaca, Mauricio; Soto-Moyano, Rubén

    2006-05-15

    Mild reduction in the protein content in the diet of pregnant rats from 25 to 8% casein, calorically compensated by carbohydrates, does not alter body and brain weights of rat pups at birth, but results in significant changes of the concentration and release of cortical noradrenaline during postnatal life, together with impaired long-term potentiation and memory formation. Since some central noradrenergic receptors are critically involved in neuroplasticity, the present study evaluated, by utilizing immunohistochemical methods, the effect of mild prenatal protein malnutrition on the alpha 2C-adrenoceptor expression in the frontal and occipital cortices of 8- and 60-day-old rats. At day 8 of postnatal age, prenatally malnourished rats exhibited a three-fold increase of alpha 2C-adrenoceptor expression in both the frontal and the occipital cortices, as compared to well-nourished controls. At 60 days of age, prenatally malnourished rats showed normal expression levels scores of alpha 2C-adrenoceptor in the neocortex. Results suggest that overexpression of neocortical alpha 2C-adrenoceptors during early postnatal life, subsequent to mild prenatal protein malnutrition, could in part be responsible for neural and behavioral disturbances showing prenatally malnourished animals during the postnatal life.

  5. Interaction between alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoreceptors contributes to enhanced constrictor effects of norepinephrine in mesenteric veins compared to arteries.

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    Sporkova, Alexandra; Perez-Rivera, Alex; Galligan, James J

    2010-09-25

    Mesenteric veins are more sensitive than arteries to the constrictor effects of sympathetic nerve stimulation and alpha-adrenoceptor agonists. We tested the hypothesis that alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors interact to enhance adrenergic reactivity of mesenteric veins. We studied neurogenic and agonist-induced constrictions of mesenteric veins and arteries in vitro. Norepinephrine concentration-response curves were left-shifted in veins compared to arteries. UK 14,304 (0.01-1 microM, alpha(2)-adrenoceptor receptor agonist) did not constrict arteries or veins but enhanced constrictions and Ca(2+) signals mediated by alpha(1)-adrenoceptor stimulation in veins. Yohimbine (alpha(2)-adrenoceptor receptor antagonist) and MK912 (alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor receptor antagonist), but not alpha(2A)- or alpha(2B)-adrenoceptor antagonists, produced rightward shifts in norepinephrine concentration-response curves in veins. Pharmacological studies revealed that alpha(1D)-adrenoceptors mediate venous constrictions. Norepinephrine responses in veins from alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor knock-out (KO) mice were not different from wild type veins. Yohimbine inhibited norepinephrine constrictions in alpha(2C)-adrenoceptor KO veins suggesting that there is upregulation of other alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in alpha(2C)-KO mice. These data indicate that alpha(1D)- and alpha(2C)-adrenoceptors interact in veins but not in arteries. This interaction enhances venous adrenergic reactivity. Mesenteric vein-specific alpha(2)-adrenoceptor linked Ca(2+) and perhaps other signaling pathways account for enhanced venous adrenergic reactivity. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Effects of 5-HT-receptor and alpha 2-adrenoceptor ligands on the haemodynamic response to acute central hypovolaemia in conscious rabbits.

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    Evans, R. G.; Haynes, J. M.; Ludbrook, J.

    1993-01-01

    1. We set out to elucidate the pharmacological mechanisms by which alpha 2-adrenoceptor and 5-HT-receptor ligands affect the haemodynamic response to acute central hypovolaemia in conscious rabbits. 2. Acute central hypovolaemia was produced by inflating an inferior vena caval cuff so that cardiac output fell at a constant rate of approximately 8.5% of its baseline level per min. 3. Drugs were administered into the fourth cerebral ventricle in either 154 mM NaCl (saline) or 20% w/v 2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CDX). After vehicle treatments, the haemodynamic response to acute central hypovolaemia had the usual two phases. During Phase I, systemic vascular conductance fell in proportion to cardiac output so that mean arterial pressure fell by only 8 mmHg. Phase II commenced when cardiac output had fallen to approximately 60% of its baseline level, when vascular conductance rose abruptly and arterial pressure fell to < or = 40 mmHg. The haemodynamic response was not dependent on the vehicle used (saline or beta-CDX). 4. Methysergide delayed the occurrence of Phase II in a dose-dependent manner, and prevented it at a dose of 30- 600 nmol (geometric mean = 186 nmol). The effects and potency of methysergide were not dependent on the vehicle used, indicating that beta-CDX can be used as a vehicle for fourth ventricular administration of lipophilic drugs to conscious rabbits. Clonidine (10 nmol) reversed the effects of a critical dose of methysergide. 5. Phase II was also prevented by 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (5-HT1A-selective agonist, geometric mean critical dose (range) = 13.1 (10-30) nmol), sumatriptan (5-HT1D-selective agonist, 72.1 (10-300) nmol), mesulergine (5-HT2/1C-selective antagonist, 173 (30-1000) nmol), idazoxan (alpha 2-adrenoceptor-selective antagonist, 548 (100-3000) nmol), and mianserin (5-HT2/1C-selective antagonist, 548 (100-3000) nmol). It was not affected by MDL 72222 (5-HT3-selective antagonist, 300 nmol) or ketanserin (5-HT2

  7. Role of alpha and beta adrenoceptors in locus coeruleus stimulation-induced reduction in rapid eye movement sleep in freely moving rats.

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    Mallick, Birendra N; Singh, Sangeeta; Pal, Dinesh

    2005-03-07

    Based on the results of independent studies the involvement of norepinephrine in REM sleep regulation was known. Isolated studies showed that the effect could be mediated through either one or more subtypes of adrenoceptors. Earlier we have reported that REM-OFF neurons continue firing during REM sleep deprivation and mild but continuous stimulation of locus coeruleus (LC) or picrotoxin injection into the LC, that did not allow the REM-OFF neurons in the LC to stop firing, reduced REM sleep. However, the mechanism of action and type of adrenoreceptors involved in REM sleep regulation were unknown. The possible mechanism of action has been investigated in this study. It was proposed that if LC stimulation-induced decrease in REM sleep was due to norepinephrine, adrenergic antagonist must prevent the effect. Therefore, in this study, the effects of alpha1, alpha2 and beta-antagonists, viz. prazosin, yohimbine and propranolol, respectively, and alpha2 agonist, clonidine, on LC stimulation-induced reduction in REM sleep were investigated. The results showed that stimulation of LC inhibited REM sleep by reducing the frequency of generation of REM sleep, although the duration per episode remained unaffected. This decrease in the frequency of REM sleep was blocked by beta-antagonist propranolol while the duration of REM sleep per episode was blocked by alpha1-antagonist, prazosin. Also, a critical level of norepinephrine in the system was required for the generation of REM sleep, however, a higher level may be inhibitory. Based on the results of this study and our earlier studies, an interaction between neurons, containing different neurotransmitters and their subtypes of receptors for LC-mediated regulation of REM sleep has been proposed.

  8. Bromoacetylated analogue of cyanopindolol: an irreversible antagonist at rat beta-adrenoceptors

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    Kusiak, J.W.; Pitha, J.

    1987-07-06

    A high affinity, chemically reactive cyanopindolol derivative N/sup 8/-bromoacetyl-N/sup 1/-3'-(2-cyano-4-indolyloxy)-2'-hydroxypropyl-(Z)-1,8-diamino-p-menthane (Br-CYP) was synthesized and its interaction with ..beta..-adrenoceptors characterized. Studies with rat heart, lung, brain and red blood cell membranes indicated that the compound displaced /sup 3/H-dihydroalprenolol (/sup 3/H-DHA) from ..beta..-adrenoceptors with IC/sub 50/ values in the nanomolar range. The concentration of functional ..beta..-adrenoceptors in membranes was markedly reduced when membranes were preincubated with Br-CYP and then extensively washed prior to assay. (+/-)Alprenolol and (-)isoproterenol, but not (+)isoproterenol, when included in the preincubation prevented this reduction in binding sites by Br-CYP. Br-CYP was active in vivo when injected intraperitoneally into rats. A dose of 10 ..mu..g/kg reduced the concentration of binding sites in membranes from heart by 30%, lung by 36%, and RBC by 70%, but did not affect sites on brain membranes 16 hours after injection. Higher doses blocked virtually all the /sup 3/H-DHA binding sites in the peripheral organs studied. These results suggest that Br-CYP may be a useful compound for in vivo studies of the biochemistry and pharmacology of ..beta..-adrenergic systems. 27 references, 4 figures, 3 tables.

  9. Interaction of fenoterol stereoisomers with β2-adrenoceptor-G sα fusion proteins: antagonist and agonist competition binding.

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    Reinartz, Michael T; Kälble, Solveig; Wainer, Irving W; Seifert, Roland

    2015-05-01

    The specific interaction between G-protein-coupled receptors and ligand is the starting point for downstream signaling. Fenoterol stereoisomers were successfully used to probe ligand-specific activation (functional selectivity) of the β2-adrenoceptor (β2AR) (Reinartz et al. 2015). In the present study, we extended the pharmacological profile of fenoterol stereoisomers using β2AR-Gsα fusion proteins in agonist and antagonist competition binding assays. Dissociations between binding affinities and effector potencies were found for (R,S')- and (S,S')-isomers of 4'-methoxy-1-naphthyl-fenoterol. Our data corroborate former studies on the importance of the aminoalkyl moiety of fenoterol derivatives for functional selectivity.

  10. Adimolol, a long acting beta-adrenoceptor blocker in man.

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    Elliott, H L; Jones, C R; Deighton, N M; Meredith, P A; Reid, J L

    1987-01-01

    A comparative study in eight healthy normotensive males of the effects on blood pressure, heart rate and beta-adrenoceptor function following single oral doses of adimolol (600 mg), propranolol (240 mg) and placebo. Both active treatments produced small but significant reductions in blood pressure and heart rate, supine and erect. These effects persisted for up to 7 days after adimolol. The heart rate increases following both dynamic exercise and intravenous isoprenaline were attenuated by both propranolol and adimolol. With adimolol evidence of functional beta-adrenoceptor antagonism was sustained for up to 7 days. Lymphocyte beta-adrenoceptor binding studies showed that both adimolol and propranolol significantly reduced affinity for beta-adrenoceptors. In addition, adimolol significantly reduced receptor number and even by 3 days after dosing Bmax had only returned to half the control value. In a small sub-group of subjects there was no evidence to suggest that adimolol had additional alpha-adrenoceptor antagonist properties. Adimolol was detected in plasma for up to 3 days after dosing. The mean terminal elimination half-life was 14 h, compared to 3 h for propranolol. This study confirms that adimolol has prolonged beta-adrenoceptor antagonist activity with effects persisting for up to 7 days after a single dose. The reduction in beta-adrenoceptor number following adimolol suggests that this prolonged effect may not be solely due to competitive antagonism but may additionally depend upon non-competitive antagonism at beta-adrenoceptors. PMID:2885022

  11. Comparative Evaluation of Partial α2 -Adrenoceptor Agonist and Pure α2 -Adrenoceptor Antagonist on the Behavioural Symptoms of Withdrawal after Chronic Alcohol Administration in Mice.

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    Arora, Shivani; Vohora, Divya

    2016-08-01

    As an addictive drug, alcohol produces withdrawal symptoms if discontinued abruptly after chronic use. Clonidine (CLN), a partial α2 -adrenergic agonist, and mirtazapine (MRT), an antagonist of α2 -adrenoceptor, both clinically aid alcohol withdrawal. Considering different mechanisms of action of the two drugs, this study was designed to see how far these two mechanistically different drugs differ in their ability to decrease the severity of ethanol withdrawal syndrome. The effect of CLN and MRT on ethanol withdrawal-induced anxiety, depression and memory impairment was analysed using EPM, FST and PAR tests, respectively. Animals received distilled water, ethanol and/or either of the drugs (CLN and MRT) in different doses. Relapse to alcohol use was analysed by CPP test. Animals received ethanol as a conditioning drug and distilled water, CLN or MRT as test drug. CLN and MRT both alleviated anxiety in a dose-dependent manner. MRT (4 mg/kg) was more effective than CLN (0.1 mg/kg) in ameliorating the anxiogenic effect of alcohol withdrawal. However, CLN treatment increased depression. It significantly decreased swimming time and increased immobility time, whereas MRT treatment decreased immobility time and increased climbing and swimming time during abstinence. The effect was dose dependent for both drugs. The results of PAR test show that CLN treatment worsens working memory. Significant increase in SDE and TSZ and decrease in SDL were observed in CLN-treated animals. MRT treatment, on the other hand, improved working memory at both doses. Further, both CLN and MRT alleviated craving. A significant decrease in time spent in the ethanol-paired chamber was seen. MRT treatment at both doses showed better effect than CLN in preventing the development of preference in CPP test. These findings indicate a potential therapeutic use and better profile of mirtazapine over clonidine in improving memory, as well as in alleviating depression, anxiety and craving associated

  12. Down-regulation of. alpha. sub 2 adrenoceptors in ventrolateral medulla of spontaneously hypertensive rats

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    Gulati, A. )

    1991-01-01

    The binding of ({sup 3}H)idaxazon to imidazole sites and ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine to {alpha}{sub 2} adrenoceptors of neuronal membranes prepared from cerebral cortex and ventrolateral medulla of 10 week old spontaneously hypertensive (SHR) and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats was determined. ({sup 3}H)idaxazon bound to the membranes of cerebral cortex and ventrolateral medulla at a single high affinity site. The binding of ({sup 3}H)idaxazon in ventrolateral medulla and cerebral cortex was found to be similar in SHR and WKY rats. ({sup 3}H)Rauwolscine bound to the membranes of cerebral cortex and ventrolateral medulla at a single high affinity site. The binding of ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine in the cerebral cortex was found to be similar in SHR and WKY rats. However, in the ventrolateral medulla ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine binding was found to be significantly lower in SHR as compared to WKY rats. The decreased binding was due a decrease (32%) in the B{sub max} value in SHR rats as compared to WKY rats. The K{sub d} values were similar in SHR and WKY rats. It is concluded that imidazole binding sites are not affected while, {alpha}{sub 2} adrenergic binding sites are decreased in the ventrolateral medulla of SHR rats and may be contributing to the regulation of blood pressure.

  13. Changes in [3H]-UK 14304 binding to alpha 2-adrenoceptors in morphine-dependent guinea-pigs.

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    Varani, K.; Beani, L.; Bianchi, C.; Borea, P. A.; Simonato, M.

    1995-01-01

    1. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a noradrenergic input in the cortex of morphine-dependent animals. Binding of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor ligand [3H]-prazosin did not change in cortical membranes taken from morphine-dependent as compared to control guinea-pigs. However, binding of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor ligand [3H]-UK 14304 showed decreased KD (-30%) in the absence of significant changes in Bmax, either in cortical membranes or in synaptosomes. 2. Several characteristics of this phenomenon were identified. First, it occurs in a time-dependent fashion, in that it takes 5 days of chronic morphine treatment to start developing. Second, it can be observed after acute administration of high doses of morphine (100 mg kg-1). Third, it does not require a connection with the locus coeruleus or with other subcortical structures, in that it can be reproduced in vitro in isolated cortical slices. Fourth, it requires the integrity of cortical structures, since it cannot be reproduced in vitro in cortical synaptosomes. 3. Release studies were run to attempt identification of a functional correlate of the above observations. No changes were observed in the ability of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist UK 14304 to inhibit 35 mM K(+)-evoked [3H]-noradrenaline outflow from cortical synaptosomes taken from morphine-dependent as compared to control guinea-pigs. However, a large decrease in the IC50 of UK 14304 for the inhibition of 35 mM K(+)-evoked [3H]-gamma-aminobutyric acid ([3H]-GABA) outflow (41 vs. 501 nM) was observed in morphine-dependent as compared to control animals. 4. These data suggest that, in the guinea-pig, chronic morphine treatment is associated with a shift from a low to high affinity agonist state in alpha 2-adrenoceptors on cortical GABA terminals. PMID:8719786

  14. Prazosin, an α(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, prevents memory deterioration in the APP23 transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.

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    Katsouri, Loukia; Vizcaychipi, Marcela P; McArthur, Simon; Harrison, Ian; Suárez-Calvet, Marc; Lleo, Alberto; Lloyd, Dafydd G; Ma, Daqing; Sastre, Magdalena

    2013-04-01

    Noradrenergic deficits have been described in the hippocampus and the frontal cortex of Alzheimer's disease brains, which are secondary to locus coeruleus degeneration. Locus coeruleus is the brain stem nucleus responsible for synthesis of noradrenaline and from where all noradrenergic neurons project. In addition, it has been suggested that noradrenaline might play a role in modulating inflammatory responses in Alzheimer's disease. In this study we aimed to investigate the effect of various agonists and antagonists for adrenergic receptors on amyloid precursor protein processing. Among them, we found that prazosin, an α(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, was able to reduce the generation of amyloid β in N2a cells. Treatment of transgenic APP23 mice with prazosin prevented memory deficits over time. Although prazosin did not influence amyloid plaque load, it induced astrocytic proliferation and increased the release of apolipoprotein E and anti-inflammatory cytokines. These findings suggest that chronic treatment with prazosin leads to an anti-inflammatory response with potential beneficial effects on cognitive performance.

  15. Evidence for predominant mediation of alpha1-adrenoceptor in the tonus of entire urethra of women.

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    Taki, N; Taniguchi, T; Okada, K; Moriyama, N; Muramatsu, I

    1999-11-01

    We separated the entire length of the isolated human female urethra into seven parts from external urethral meatus to bladder neck and examined regional differences in contractile responses to noradrenaline, clonidine, acetylcholine and KCl. The entire urethra was obtained from 9 female patients with a mean age of 72.2 +/- 1.8 years. The entire urethra (35 to 42 mm. in length) was transversely cut into seven parts, and the contractile responses to noradrenaline, clonidine, acetylcholine and KCl of these parts were examined. Noradrenaline but not clonidine produced concentration-dependent contraction in all parts, with a peak amplitude in middle to proximal urethra. In contrast, acetylcholine produced contraction only in proximal urethra and bladder neck. The amplitudes of noradrenaline-induced contraction were normalized against those induced by KCl, revealing similarity in patterns between noradrenaline-induced contractions and urethral pressure profile in human female urethra. These contractions to noradrenaline and acetylcholine were competitively inhibited by prazosin (pK(B): 8.38 +/- 0.10) and atropine (pK(B): 8.52 +/- 0.43), respectively. These findings suggest that sympathetic innervation helps maintain resting urethral tonus, mainly through alpha1-adrenoceptors.

  16. Enhancement of apomorphine-induced penile erection in the rat by a selective α1D-adrenoceptor antagonist

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    Mizusawa, Hiroya; Hedlund, Petter; Sjunnesson, Johan; Brioni, Jorge D; Sullivan, James P; Andersson, Karl-Erik

    2002-01-01

    Effects of A-322312 (α1B-adrenoceptor (AR) antagonist), A-119637 (α1D-AR antagonist), prazosin (non-selective α1-AR antagonist), and yohimbine (α2-AR antagonist) were studied in rat corpus cavernosum (CC) and cavernous artery (Acc) preparations. Effects of intracavernous (i.c.) or intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of α1-AR antagonists on apomorphine-induced erections were investigated.A-119637 attenuated electrically induced contractions in isolated CC (−logIC50; 8.12±0.15), and relaxed noradrenaline (NA)-contracted preparations by more than 90% at 10−7 M. At the same concentration, the −logEC50 value for NA in Acc was altered from 6.79±0.07 to 4.86±0.13. In the CC and Acc, prazosin similarily inhibited contractile responses.Inhibitory effects of A-322312 (10−7 M) in electrically activated CC were 32.3±5.1%, whereas no effect on concentration-response curves for NA was observed in the Acc. Yohimbine (10−8 M and 10−7 M), enhanced electrically-induced contractions in isolated CC by 20 to 50%. At 10−6 M, inhibitory effects of yohimbine were obtained.A-119637 (0.3 μmol kg−1, i.p.) tripled the number of erections, and produced a 6 fold increase in the duration of apomorphine-induced erectile responses. A-322312, prazosin, or yohimbine did not enhance erections induced by apomorphine. None of the α1-AR antagonists significantly increased ICP upon i.c. administration. Decreases in blood pressure were seen with A-119637 and prazosin.The present findings show that there is a functional predominance of the α1D-AR subtype in the rat erectile tissue, and that blockade of this receptor facilitates rat penile erection induced by a suboptimal dose of apomorphine. PMID:12086979

  17. Pharmacological characterisation of a structurally novel α2C-adrenoceptor antagonist ORM-10921 and its effects in neuropsychiatric models.

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    Sallinen, Jukka; Holappa, Johanna; Koivisto, Ari; Kuokkanen, Katja; Chapman, Hugh; Lehtimäki, Jyrki; Piepponen, Petteri; Mijatovic, Jelena; Tanila, Heikki; Virtanen, Raimo; Sirviö, Jouni; Haapalinna, Antti

    2013-10-01

    The α2-adrenoceptors (ARs) are important modulators of a wide array of physiological responses. As only a few selective compounds for the three α2-AR subtypes (α2A , α2B and α2C ) have been available, the pharmacological profile of a new α2C-selective AR antagonist ORM-10921 is reported. Standard in vitro receptor assays and antagonism of α2, and α1-AR agonist-evoked responses in vivo were used to demonstrate the α2C-AR selectivity for ORM-10921 which was tested in established behavioural models related to schizophrenia and cognitive dysfunction with an emphasis on pharmacologically induced hypoglutamatergic state by phencyclidine or MK-801. The Kb values of in vitro α2C-AR antagonism for ORM-10921 varied between 0.078-1.2 nM depending on the applied method. The selectivity ratios compared to α2A-AR subtype and other relevant receptors were 10-100 times in vitro. The in vivo experiments supported its potent α2C-antagonism combined with only a weak α2A-antagonism. In the pharmacodynamic microdialysis study, ORM-10921 was found to increase extracellular dopamine levels in prefrontal cortex in the baseline conditions. In the behavioural tests, ORM-10921 displayed potent antidepressant and antipsychotic-like effects in the forced swimming test and prepulse-inhibition models analogously with the previously reported results with structurally different α2C-selective AR antagonist JP-1302. Our new results also indicate that ORM-10921 alleviated the NMDA-antagonist-induced impairments in social behaviour and watermaze navigation. This study extends and further validates the concept that α2C -AR is a potential therapeutic target in CNS disorders such as schizophrenia or Alzheimer's disease and suggests the potential of α2C-antagonism to treat such disorders.

  18. Alpha-1 adrenoceptors in brown adipose tissue of lean and ob/ob mice

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    Behrens-Zaror, G.; Himms-Hagen, J.

    1986-03-01

    Obese (ob/ob) mice have a low capacity to increase thyroxine 5'-deiodinase (T4 5'-D) in brown adipose tissue (BAT) when exposed to cold. This effect is mediated by alpha-1 (A-1) adrenoceptors. The authors objective was to find out whether BAT of the ob/ob mouse has normal A-1 receptors. Saturation analysis of binding of (3H)-WB4101 at 0.05 nM to 10 ..mu..M to crude membrane preparations (100,000 g pellets from Polytron homogenates) using the LIGAND program of Munson and Rodbard, showed two populations of binding sites in BAT of lean (+/+, 11-15 wk old) mice. Acute exposure (12 h, 14/sup 0/C) or acclimation to cold (3 wk, 14/sup 0/C) did not alter affinity or concentration of sites. Displacement with yohimbine and prazosin indicated binding of WB4101 to A-1 receptors. Very young (5 wk) lean (+/.) and obese mice had similar affinity constants (lean 0.13 +/- 0.043 and 34.2 +/- 14.9; obese, 0.12 +/- 0.028 and 20.9 +/- 5.48 nM) and concentrations (lean 22.4 +/- 3.8 and 647 +/- 137; obese, 28.6 +/- 4.6 and 547 +/- 105 fmol/mg protein) of sites. Old (1 yr) mice had high affinity sites similar to those in younger animals (KD lean 0.19 +/- 0.028, obese, 0.25 +/- 0.075; Bmax lean, 60.2 +/- 12.1; obese, 63.1 +/- 13.5 fmol/mg protein). The authors conclude that the ob/ob mouse has normal high affinity A-1 receptors in BAT. Anomalous properties of low affinity binding in old ob/ob mice could not be characterized because of high nonspecific binding. BAT of the ob/ob mouse does not lack A-1 receptors but may have a post-receptor alteration in the A-1 adrenoceptor-mediated response.

  19. Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Deprivation Induces Neuronal Apoptosis by Noradrenaline Acting on Alpha1 Adrenoceptor and by Triggering Mitochondrial Intrinsic Pathway

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    Somarajan, Bindu I.; Khanday, Mudasir A.; Mallick, Birendra N.

    2016-01-01

    Many neurodegenerative disorders are associated with rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) loss; however, the mechanism was unknown. As REMS loss elevates noradrenaline (NA) level in the brain as well as induces neuronal apoptosis and degeneration, in this study, we have delineated the intracellular molecular pathway involved in REMS deprivation (REMSD)-associated NA-induced neuronal apoptosis. Rats were REMS deprived for 6 days by the classical flower pot method; suitable controls were conducted and the effects on apoptosis markers evaluated. Further, the role of NA was studied by one, intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of NA-ergic alpha1 adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin (PRZ) and two, by downregulation of NA synthesis in locus coeruleus (LC) neurons by local microinjection of tyrosine hydroxylase siRNA (TH-siRNA). Immunoblot estimates showed that the expressions of proapoptotic proteins viz. Bcl2-associated death promoter protein, apoptotic protease activating factor-1 (Apaf-1), cytochrome c, caspase9, caspase3 were elevated in the REMS-deprived rat brains, while caspase8 level remained unaffected; PRZ treatment did not allow elevation of these proapoptotic factors. Further, REMSD increased cytochrome c expression, which was prevented if the NA synthesis from the LC neurons was blocked by microinjection of TH-siRNA in vivo into the LC during REMSD in freely moving normal rats. Mitochondrial damage was re-confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, which showed distinctly swollen mitochondria with disintegrated cristae, chromosomal condensation, and clumping along the nuclear membrane, and all these changes were prevented in PRZ-treated rats. Combining findings of this study along with earlier reports, we propose that upon REMSD NA level increases in the brain as the LC, NA-ergic REM-OFF neurons do not cease firing and TH is upregulated in those neurons. This elevated NA acting on alpha1 adrenoceptors damages mitochondria causing release of cytochrome c to activate

  20. Activation of histamine H3-receptors inhibits carrier-mediated norepinephrine release during protracted myocardial ischemia. Comparison with adenosine A1-receptors and alpha2-adrenoceptors.

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    Imamura, M; Lander, H M; Levi, R

    1996-03-01

    We previously showed that prejunctional histamine H3-receptors downregulate norepinephrine exocytosis, which is markedly enhanced in early myocardial ischemia. In the present study, we investigated whether H3-receptors modulate nonexocytotic norepinephrine release during protracted myocardial ischemia. In this setting, decreased pH(i) in sympathetic nerve endings sequentially leads to a compensatory activation of the Na+-H+ antiporter (NHE), accumulation of intracellular Na+, reversal of the neuronal uptake of norepinephrine, and thus carrier-mediated release of norepinephrine. Accordingly, norepinephrine overflow from isolated guinea pig hearts undergoing 20-minute global ischemia and 45-minute reperfusion was attenuated approximately 80% by desipramine (10 nmol/L) and 70% by 5-(N-ethyl-N-isopropyl)-amiloride (EIPA, 10 micromol/L), inhibitors of norepinephrine uptake and NHE, respectively. The H3-receptor agonist imetit (0.1 micromol/L) decreased carrier-mediated norepinephrine release by approximately 50%. This effect was blocked by the H3-receptor antagonist thioperamide (0.3 micromol/L), indicating that H-receptor activation inhibits carrier-mediated norepinephrine release. At lower concentrations, imetit (10 nmol/L) or EIPA (3 micromol/L) did not inhibit carrier-mediated norepinephrine release. However, a 25% inhibition occurred with imetit (10 nmol/L) and EIPA (3 micromol/L) combined. This synergism suggests an association between H-receptors and NHE. Conceivably, activation of H-receptors may lead to inhibition of NHE. In fact, alpha2-adrenoceptor activation, which is known to stimulate NHE, enhanced norepinephrine release, whereas alpha2-adrenoceptor blockade attenuated it. Furthermore, activation of adenosine A1-receptors markedly attenuated norepinephrine release, whereas their inhibition potentiated it. Because norepinephrine directly correlated with the severity of reperfusion arrhythmia and imetit reduced the incidence of ventricular fibrillation by 50

  1. Effects of niflumic acid on alpha1-adrenoceptor-induced vasoconstriction in mesenteric artery in vitro and in vivo in two-kidney one-clip hypertensive rats.

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    He, Y; Tabrizchi, R

    1997-06-11

    The influence of niflumic acid (3 and 10 microM), a Cl- channel antagonist, on cirazoline-induced vasoconstriction in isolated perfused mesenteric artery (5 ml/min) from two-kidney one-clip (2K1C) hypertensive and sham normotensive rats was examined. In addition, the effect of a single i.v. bolus injection of niflumic acid (3 mg/kg) on cirazoline-mediated reduction in vascular conductance in superior mesenteric artery was determined in pentobarbital-anaesthetized hypertensive and normotensive rats. Bolus injections of cirazoline induced a dose-dependent transient increase in the perfusion pressure in vitro. In the presence of niflumic acid, cirazoline-mediated vasoconstriction was significantly inhibited. Cirazoline-induced vasoconstriction in isolated mesenteric beds was also significantly inhibited following perfusion with Cl(-)-free buffer. Pre-perfusion of mesenteric blood vessels with Cl(-)-free buffer resulted in a significantly greater inhibition of cirazoline-mediated vasoconstriction in sham normotensive rats than in hypertensive rats. We found that in Cl(-)-free buffer, cirazoline-mediated vasoconstriction could be further inhibited by niflumic acid. Intravenous infusion of cumulative doses of cirazoline in vivo caused a dose-dependent decrease in superior mesenteric vascular conductance. Pretreatment with niflumic acid significantly impaired cirazoline-mediated decreases in vascular conductance. Our results indicate that chloride ions play an important role in alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction in mesenteric blood vessels. In addition, the contribution of chloride ions in alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction in blood vessels from hypertensive rats appears to be reduced.

  2. Bioisosteric phentolamine analogs as potent alpha-adrenergic antagonists.

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    Hong, Seoung-Soo; Bavadekar, Supriya A; Lee, Sang-Il; Patil, Popat N; Lalchandani, S G; Feller, Dennis R; Miller, Duane D

    2005-11-01

    The synthesis and biological evaluation of a new series of bioisosteric phentolamine analogs are described. Replacement of the carbon next to the imidazoline ring of phentolamine with a nitrogen atom provides compounds (2, 3) that are about 1.6 times and 4.1 times more potent functionally than phentolamine on rat alpha1-adrenergic receptors, respectively. In receptor binding assays, the affinities of phentolamine and its bioisosteric analogs were determined on the human embryonic kidney (HEK) and Chinese Hamster ovary (CHO) cell lines expressing the human alpha1- and alpha2-AR subtypes, respectively. Analogs 2 and 3, both, displayed higher binding affinities at the alpha2- versus the alpha1-ARs, affinities being the least at the alpha1B-AR. Binding affinities of the methoxy ether analog 2 were greater than those of the phenolic analog 3 at all six alpha-AR subtypes. One of the nitrogen atoms in the imidazoline ring of phentolamine was replaced with an oxygen atom to give compounds 4 and 5, resulting in a 2-substituted oxazoline ring. The low functional antagonist activity on rat aorta, and binding potencies of these two compounds on human alpha1A- and alpha2A-AR subtypes indicate that a basic functional group is important for optimum binding to the alpha1- and alpha2A-adrenergic receptors.

  3. Alpha-2 adrenoceptors are present in rat aorta smooth muscle cells, and their action is mediated by ATP-sensitive K(+) channels.

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    Fauaz, G; Feres, T; Borges, A C; Paiva, T B

    2000-10-01

    The role of alpha(2)-adrenoceptors in the response of aorta smooth muscle rings to the alpha(2)-adrenoceptors agonists UK 14,304 and clonidine was studied. Stimulation by 1 - 10 nM UK 14,304 caused dose-dependent relaxant responses in BaCl(2)-contracted endothelium-denuded aorta rings, and hyperpolarization in rings with or without endothelium, which were inhibited by yohimbine and glibenclamide, but not affected by prazosin, propranolol, apamin or iberiotoxin. At higher concentrations (10 nM - 10 microM) UK 14,304 also induced a depolarizing effect which was potentiated by yohimbine and inhibited by prazosin. These results indicate that UK 14,304 acts on alpha(2)-adrenoceptors at lower concentrations and on both alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors above 10 nM. In rings, with or without endothelium, noradrenaline had a depolarizing effect which was inhibited by prazosin. Adrenaline did not affect the membrane potential but in the presence of prazosin caused hyperpolarization, which was inhibited by yohimbine and glibenclamide. These results indicate that noradrenaline is more selective for alpha(1)-, whereas adrenaline has similar affinities for alpha(1)- and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors. In aortae with endothelium, L-NNA caused a small depolarization but did not affect the hyperpolarization induced by UK 14,304, indicating that NO is not involved in that response. Glibenclamide induced a small depolarization in aortae, with or without endothelium, indicating that ATP-sensitive K(+) channels may play a role in maintaining the smooth muscle's membrane potential. Our results indicate that, in rat aorta, alpha(2)-adrenoceptors are also present in the smooth muscle, and that these receptors act through small-conductance ATP-sensitive K(+) channels.

  4. Influence of beta-adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists on baclofen-induced memory impairment in mice.

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    Zarrindast, M R; Haidari, H; Jafari, M R; Djahanguiri, B

    2004-07-01

    Post-training administration of different doses of baclofen (a GABAB agonist) has been shown to impair memory retention, in a step-down passive avoidance test in mice. We have studied the effects of beta-adrenergic agonists and antagonists on baclofen-induced memory impairment in mice. Dobutamine (a beta 1-agonist) or salbutamol (a beta 2-agonist) reversed the memory impairment induced by baclofen without exhibiting intrinsic actions on memory when administered alone. The administration of atenolol (a beta 1-antagonist) or propranolol (a beta-antagonist) produced a memory impairment. When co-administered with baclofen, both atenolol and propranolol exacerbated the memory impairment induced by the GABAB agonist. It is concluded that beta-adrenergic mechanisms may be involved in the modulation of memory via GABAB receptors.

  5. Modelling the changes induced by chronic desipramine treatment on the factors governing the agonism at prejunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors.

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    Sallés, J.; Giraldo, J.; Vila, E.; Badia, A.

    1996-01-01

    1. The adaptational changes induced after chronic desipramine treatment on functional responsiveness of alpha 2-adrenoceptor activation were investigated in prostatic portions of the rat vas deferens. 2. For this purpose, clonidine and xylazine were studied for their effects on twitch contractions elicited by electrical field stimulation of prostatic portions removed 48 h after the last injection to the animals of vehicle or desipramine (10 mg kg-1, i.p.; 14 days). Operational model-fitting and the nested hyperbolic method were used to analyse the effects of irreversible receptor alkylation by N-ethoxycarbonyl-2-ethoxy-1,2-dihydroquinoline (EEDQ, 300 nM) on the alpha 2-adrenoceptor-mediated effects of clonidine, either in vehicle- or in desipramine-treated animals. 3. Treatment with desipramine decreased the potency (increased the EC50) of clonidine and xylazine by about 12 and 9 fold respectively. However, the treatment did not modify the maximal effect (alpha) elicited by either agonist. The estimates of apparent affinity for clonidine did not depend on the method of calculation as the 'null' method and the 'operational' method gave similar answers. Estimates of tau values for both agonists revealed that chronic desipramine treatment resulted in significant decreases in the efficacy of agonists. However, desipramine treatment was not associated with significant changes in the affinity constant for clonidine while for xylazine, the operational model provided a higher estimate of KA (lower affinity) after desipramine treatment. 4. The results indicate a large receptor reserve at prejunctional alpha 2-adrenoceptors which is modulated by chronic desipramine treatment. 5. The comparison of results obtained after chronic desipramine exposure with those by using EEDQ suggests that chronic desipramine treatment is not a useful experimental intervention for the purpose of estimating agonist affinities and efficacies. PMID:8882627

  6. Pharmacological characterization of adrenoceptors in horse corpus cavernosum penis.

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    Recio, P; López, P G; Fernández, J L; Garcia-Sacristán, A

    1997-06-01

    1. The presence and types of alpha and beta-adrenoceptors in the corpus cavernosum of the horse were studied in vitro by using selected ligands of adrenoceptors and isometric tension recording. 2. Noradrenaline and phenylephrine induced concentration-dependent contractions in corpus cavernosum preparations. B-HT 920 had no effect. 3. Phentolamine and prazosin produced a shift to the right of the dose-response curve of noradrenaline, while the alpha(2)-antagonist, rauwolscine had no effect on the response to noradrenaline. Phenylephrine-evoked contractions of corporal strips were significantly inhibited by the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist, prazosin. 4. Isoprenaline and salbutamol each relaxed precontracted corpus cavernosum preparations in a concentration-dependent manner; the isoprenaline effect was blocked by propranolol, practolol and butoxamine. The salbutamol effect was blocked by butoxamine. 5. These results suggest that presence of postjunctional alpha(1)-adrenoceptors in horse corpus cavernosum. There is also a heterogenous population of beta-adrenoceptors in this tissue, belonging to the beta(1) and beta(2) subtypes.

  7. Cardiorespiratory effects of four alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist-ketamine combinations in captive red wolves.

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    Sladky, K K; Kelly, B T; Loomis, M R; Stoskopf, M K; Horne, W A

    2000-11-01

    To evaluate the cardiopulmonary effects of immobilizing doses of xylazine-ketamine (XK), medetomidine-ketamine (MK), medetomidine-ketamine-acepromazine (MKA), and medetomidine-butorphanol-ketamine (MBK) in captive red wolves. Prospective study. 32 adult captive red wolves. Wolves were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 treatment groups: XK, MK, MKA, or MBK. Physiologic variables measured included heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, tidal volume, oxygen-hemoglobin saturation (Spo2), end-tidal CO2, arterial blood gases, and rectal temperature. Induction time, muscle relaxation, and quality of recovery were assessed. Heart rates were lower in wolves in the MBK group than for the other groups. All 4 drug combinations induced considerable hypertension, with diastolic pressures exceeding 116 mm Hg. Blood pressure was lowest in wolves receiving the MBK combination. Respiratory rate was significantly higher in wolves receiving XK, MK, and MKA. Tidal volumes were similar for all groups. Wolves receiving XK, MK, and MKA were well-oxygenated throughout the procedure (SPo2 > 93%), whereas those receiving MBK were moderately hypoxemic (87% < Spo2 < 93%) during the first 20 minutes of the procedure. Hyperthermia was detected initially following induction in all groups. The alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist-ketamine combinations provide rapid reversible anesthesia for red wolves but cause severe sustained hypertension. Such an adverse effect puts animals at risk for development of cerebral encephalopathy, retinal hemorrhage, pulmonary edema, and myocardial failure. Although the MBK combination offers some advantages over the others, it is advised that further protocol refinements be made to minimize risks associated with acute hypertension.

  8. Do presynaptic opiate receptors and alpha-adrenoceptors alter acetylcholine release from a sympathetic ganglion by a similar mechanism?

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    Araujo, D M; Collier, B

    1987-07-09

    The present experiments tested the possible involvement of a calcium-sensitive mechanism in the alpha-adrenoceptor- and opiate receptor-mediated inhibition of acetylcholine release from the cat superior cervical ganglion. First, the calcium-dependence of evoked acetylcholine release was measured in the presence and absence of the alpha-adrenoceptor agonist noradrenaline or of the opiate receptor agonist [Met5]enkephalin-Arg6-Phe7. When ganglia were perfused with Krebs medium containing [Ca2+] = 2.4, 1.2, 0.6, 0.2 mM, evoked release of acetylcholine was depressed by both agonists and the inhibition increased with reduced levels of extracellular Ca2+; this was especially evident when calcium in the medium was reduced to 0.2 mM. Second, the effects of both noradrenaline and [Met5]enkephalin-Arg6-Phe7 on calcium influx into presynaptic nerve endings was determined by measuring the accumulation of 45Ca into ganglia in the presence and absence of either drug. Both agonists reduced the stimulation-induced increase in 45Ca accumulation. The effect of noradrenaline to reduce calcium influx was blocked by yohimbine or by phentolamine; the effect of [Met5]enkephalin-Arg6-Phe7 to decrease 45Ca accumulation by ganglia was blocked by naloxone. It is concluded that activation of presynaptic opiate receptors and alpha-adrenoceptors in the cat superior cervical ganglion can alter acetylcholine release by a similar mechanism, i.e. to reduce Ca2+ influx during preganglionic nerve stimulation.

  9. Chemically Homogenous Compounds with Antagonistic Properties at All α1-Adrenoceptor Subtypes but not β1-Adrenoceptor Attenuate Adrenaline-Induced Arrhythmia in Rats

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    Pytka, Karolina; Lustyk, Klaudia; Żmudzka, Elżbieta; Kotańska, Magdalena; Siwek, Agata; Zygmunt, Małgorzata; Dziedziczak, Agnieszka; Śniecikowska, Joanna; Olczyk, Adrian; Gałuszka, Adam; Śmieja, Jarosław; Waszkielewicz, Anna M.; Marona, Henryk; Filipek, Barbara; Sapa, Jacek; Mogilski, Szczepan

    2016-01-01

    Studies proved that among all α1-adrenoceptors, cardiac myocytes functionally express only α1A- and α1B-subtype. Scientists indicated that α1A-subtype blockade might be beneficial in restoring normal heart rhythm. Therefore, we aimed to determine the role of α1-adrenoceptors subtypes (i.e., α1A and α1B) in antiarrhythmic effect of six structurally similar derivatives of 2-methoxyphenylpiperazine. We compared the activity of studied compounds with carvedilol, which is β1- and α1-adrenoceptors blocker with antioxidant properties. To evaluate the affinity for adrenergic receptors, we used radioligand methods. We investigated selectivity at α1-adrenoceptors subtypes using functional bioassays. We tested antiarrhythmic activity in adrenaline-induced (20 μg/kg i.v.), calcium chloride-induced (140 and 25 mg/kg i.v.) and barium chloride-induced (32 and 10 mg/kg i.v.) arrhythmia models in rats. We also evaluated the influence of studied compounds on blood pressure in rats, as well as lipid peroxidation. All studied compounds showed high affinity toward α1-adrenoceptors but no affinity for β1 receptors. Biofunctional studies revealed that the tested compounds blocked α1A-stronger than α1B-adrenoceptors, but except for HBK-19 they antagonized α1A-adrenoceptor weaker than α1D-subtype. HBK-19 showed the greatest difference in pA2 values—it blocked α1A-adrenoceptors around seven-fold stronger than α1B subtype. All compounds showed prophylactic antiarrhythmic properties in adrenaline-induced arrhythmia, but only the activity of HBK-16, HBK-17, HBK-18, and HBK-19 (ED50 = 0.18–0.21) was comparable to that of carvedilol (ED50 = 0.36). All compounds reduced mortality in adrenaline-induced arrhythmia. HBK-16, HBK-17, HBK-18, and HBK-19 showed therapeutic antiarrhythmic properties in adrenaline-induced arrhythmia. None of the compounds showed activity in calcium chloride- or barium chloride-induced arrhythmias. HBK-16, HBK-17, HBK-18, and HBK-19 decreased heart

  10. Opioid-induced prejunctional inhibition of vasoconstriction in the rabbit ear artery: alpha-2 adrenoceptor activation and external calcium.

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    Budai, D; Duckles, S P

    1989-11-01

    Inhibition of norepinephrine release by opioid agonists is inversely related to the stimulation train length. The possible interaction between activation of prejunctional alpha-2 adrenergic receptors and the release-inhibiting opioid receptors as well as the effect of changes in Ca++ entry into adrenergic varicosities during repetitive stimulation were investigated by recording vasoconstriction of the rabbit ear artery perfused in vitro. Neither the activation of the alpha-2 adrenoceptor-mediated negative feedback by clonidine nor its inhibition by yohimbine altered the neuroinhibitory potency for dynorphin 1-13 or Met-enkephalin at any stimulus train length. Experimental conditions known to increase the entry of calcium into the varicosities mimicked the effect of the increase in the stimulation train length on the modulation of norepinephrine release by opioids. Increasing the extracellular calcium concentration (from 1.6-5 or 8 mM) diminished the inhibitory effect of opioids and tended to abolish the dependence on stimulation train length. Conversely, lowering the calcium concentration (from 1.6-1 mM) increased the inhibition by opioids and enhanced the dependence on train length. These results do not suggest a direct interaction between activation of opioid receptors and alpha-2 adrenoceptors. Rather, they indicate the role of opioid receptor activation in a primary modulation of Ca++ influx which becomes masked by the high levels of axoplasmic calcium which are achieved during a continued stimulation train.

  11. Intracerebral adrenoceptor agonists influence rat duodenal mucosal bicarbonate secretion.

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    Larson, G M; Jedstedt, G; Nylander, O; Flemström, G

    1996-11-01

    We have studied the effects of intracerebral administration of selective alpha-adrenergic agonists on duodenal bicarbonate secretion. Duodenum free of Brunner's glands was cannulated in situ in anesthetized rats, and bicarbonate secretion into the luminal reperfusate was continuously titrated by pH stat. Infusion of the alpha 1-selective adrenoceptor agonist, phenylephrine (1,000-2,500 micrograms.kg-1.h-1), into a lateral brain ventricle increased (P < 0.01) duodenal bicarbonate secretion. Pretreatment with prazosin, an alpha 1-antagonist, significantly (P < 0.01) reduced the stimulatory effect when infused into the lateral ventricle (30 micrograms.kg-1.h-1), but not when administered intravenously (1,000 micrograms.kg-1.h-1). Hexamethonium (10 mg.kg-1.h-1 iv) abolished stimulation, whereas cervical vagotomy, epidural blockade, and naloxone were each without effect. Vasopressin, vasopressin antagonists, ts, and oxytocin did not affect basal secretion. Intracerebro-ventricular administration of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, clonidine (1,000 micrograms.kg-1.h-1), in contrast to alpha 1-receptor activation, decreased (P < 0.01) the secretion. Thus central nervous adrenoceptors influence duodenal mucosal bicarbonate te secretion, and alpha 1-adrenoceptor stimulation may provide protection against luminal acid. This potent stimulation was not mediated by the vagal nerves, spinal cord pathways, or the release of beta-endorphin but involves nicotinic, possibly enteric nervous transmission.

  12. Evaluation of the effect on heart rate variability of a β2-adrenoceptor agonist and antagonist using non-linear scatterplot and sequence methods

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    Hanratty, C G; Silke, B; Riddell, J G

    1999-01-01

    Aims To examine the impact on heart rate variability (HRV), of agonism or antagonism at the cardiac β2-adrenoceptor in healthy volunteers, using standard time-domain summary statistics and non-linear methods (scatterplot and quadrant analysis). Methods Under double-blind and randomised conditions (Latin square design), 17 normal volunteers received placebo, salbutamol (β2-adrenoceptor partial agonist), ICI 118,551 (specific β2-adrenoceptor antagonist), or salbutamol plus ICI 118,551. Single oral doses of medication (at weekly intervals) were administered at 22.30 h, with HRV assessed from the sleeping heart rates. Results Salbutamol reduced the long-term (SDNN: 135 ms [120, 156], SDANN: 107 ms [89, 124]) time-domain indicators of HRV compared with placebo (SDNN: 39 [24, 55], SDANN 42 [29, 56], {mean difference [95% confidence intervals of difference]}). Alone, ICI 118,551 did not effect HRV, but in combination blocked the actions of salbutamol. Scatterplot length (944 ms [869, 1019]) and area (222*103 ms2 [191, 253]) were reduced by salbutamol compared with placebo; (length difference (164 [98, 230]) and area difference 59 [36, 83]). Scatterplot width (dispersion) was lower at both low (width RR-1 25% salbutamol 277 ms [261, 293]: salbutamol minus placebo 14 ms [0, 28]) and high (width 75% salbutamol 417 [391, 443]: salbutamol minus placebo 41 [20, 62]) heart rates. ICI 118,551 alone did not alter scatterplot parameters but in combination blocked the effect of salbutamol. Cardiac acceleration episodes (i.e. consecutive ΔRR and ΔRRn+1 shorten) were increased following salbutamol 7288 [6089, 8486] compared with placebo −1890 [−2600, −1179]; the beat-to beat difference (ΔRRn+1) was reduced after salbutamol compared with the other treatments. ICI 118,551 did not effect acceleration episodes but reduced the effect of salbutamol when used in combination. Conclusions Agonism at the cardiac β2-adrenoceptor in healthy volunteers with salbutamol altered

  13. 5-HT1A receptor pharmacophores to screen for off-target activity of α1-adrenoceptor antagonists

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    Ngo, Tony; Nicholas, Timothy J.; Chen, Junli; Finch, Angela M.; Griffith, Renate

    2013-04-01

    The α1-adrenoceptors (α1-ARs), in particular the α1A-AR subtype, are current therapeutic targets of choice for the treatment of urogenital conditions, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Due to the similarity between the transmembrane domains of the α1-AR subtypes, and the serotonin receptor subtype 1A (5-HT1A-R), currently used α1-AR subtype-selective drugs to treat BPH display considerable off-target affinity for the 5-HT1A-R, leading to side effects. We describe the construction and validation of pharmacophores for 5-HT1A-R agonists and antagonists. Through the structural diversity of the training sets used in their development, these pharmacophores define the properties of a compound needed to bind to 5-HT1A receptors. Using these and previously published pharmacophores in virtual screening and profiling, we have identified unique chemical compounds (hits) that fit the requirements to bind to our target, the α1A-AR, selectively over the off-target, the 5-HT1A-R. Selected hits have been obtained and their affinities for α1A-AR, α1B-AR and 5-HT1A-R determined in radioligand binding assays, using membrane preparations which contain human receptors expressed individually. Three of the tested hits demonstrate statistically significant selectivity for α1A-AR over 5-HT1A-R. All seven tested hits bind to α1A-AR, with two compounds displaying K i values below 1 μM, and a further two K i values of around 10 μM. The insights and knowledge gained through the development of the new 5-HT1A-R pharmacophores will greatly aid in the design and synthesis of derivatives of our lead compound, and allow the generation of more efficacious and selective ligands.

  14. The α1 adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin enhances sleep continuity in fear-conditioned Wistar-Kyoto rats.

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    Laitman, Benjamin M; Gajewski, Nicholas D; Mann, Graziella L; Kubin, Leszek; Morrison, Adrian R; Ross, Richard J

    2014-03-03

    Fragmentation of rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) is well described in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and likely has significant functional consequences. Fear-conditioned rodents may offer an attractive model of the changes in sleep that characterize PTSD. Following fear conditioning (FC), Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats, a strain known to be particularly stress-sensitive, have increased REMS fragmentation that can be quantified as a shift in the distribution of REMS episodes towards the more frequent occurrence of sequential REMS (inter-REMS episode interval≤3 min) vs. single REMS (interval>3 min). The α1 adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin has demonstrated efficacy in normalizing sleep in PTSD. To determine the utility of fear-conditioned WKY rats as a model of sleep disturbances typical of PTSD and as a platform for the development of new treatments, we tested the hypothesis that prazosin would reduce REMS fragmentation in fear-conditioned WKY rats. Sleep parameters and freezing (a standard measure of anxiety in rodents) were quantified at baseline and on Days 1, 7, and 14 following FC, with either prazosin (0.01mg/kg, i.p.) or vehicle injections administered prior to testing in a between-group design. Fear conditioning was achieved by pairing tones with a mild electric foot shock (1.0mA, 0.5s). One, 7, and 14 days following FC, prazosin or vehicle was injected, the tone was presented, freezing was measured, and then sleep was recorded from 11 AM to 3 PM. WKY rats given prazosin, compared to those given vehicle, had a lower amount of seq-REMS relative to total REMS time 14 days after FC. They also had a shorter non-REMS latency and fewer non-REMS arousals at baseline and on Days 1 and 7 after FC. Thus, in FC rats, prazosin reduced both REMS fragmentation and non-REMS discontinuity.

  15. Plasma catecholamines, renin and aldosterone during combined alpha- and beta- adrenoceptor blockade in patients with severe arterial hypertension.

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    Kornerup, H J; Pedersen, E B; Pedersen, A; Pedersen, G; Christensen, N J

    1980-01-01

    Arterial blood pressure and plasma catecholamines, renin activity and aldosterone concentration in 12 patients with severe essential hypertension were studied before and after combined alpha- and beta- adrenoceptor blockade induced by oral labetalol treatment for 2 months. Frusemide in a fixed dose was employed as a basic antihypertensive agent throughout the study. Blood pressure was adequately controlled in only 6 patients. Mean body weight increased by 1.8 kg and there was a rise in body weight which was inversely correlated with the fall in standing mean blood pressure. The mean plasma noradrenaline concentration decreased from 0.30 to 0.20 ng/ml, whereas plasma adrenaline did not change significantly. Plasma renin activity and aldosterone concentration varied greatly, but the mean values did not change significantly. Change in body weight was correlated inversely with changes in plasma noradrenaline and renin. The results suggest that labetalol, through its combined alpha- and beta- adrenoceptor blocking action, induces a rise in body weight, probably due to sodium and fluid retention, which partly counterbalances its anti-hypertensive effect and partly modifies both renin and sympathetic nervous activity.

  16. Halothane, isoflurane and enflurane potentiate the effect of noradrenaline on ventricular automaticity in the rat heart: evidence of the involvement of both alpha- and beta-adrenoceptors.

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    Cárceles, M D; Laorden, M L; Hernandez, J; Miralles, F S; Campos, M

    1990-03-01

    Direct evidence has been sought as to what extent the sensitization of heart to the arrhythmogenic action of sympathomimetic drugs in the presence of the inhalatory anaesthetics, halothane, isoflurane and enflurane, is mediated by either alpha- or beta-adrenoceptors. For this purpose, the effects of isoprenaline, noradrenaline and phenylephrine on ventricular automaticity induced by local injury have been studied in the isolated right ventricle of the rat. Isoprenaline was more potent in increasing ventricular automaticity than either phenylephrine or noradrenaline. The anaesthetic potentiated the effects of noradrenaline, as well as that of higher concentrations of phenylephrine, but not those of isoprenaline. These results support the contention that increases in ventricular automaticity induced by sympathomimetic drugs are mainly mediated by adrenoceptors of the beta-type. However, the simultaneous activation of both alpha- and beta-adrenoceptors seems to be necessary for the effect of the anaesthetics in sensitizing the heart to sympathomimetic drugs.

  17. Effect of morphine and abstinence syndrome on [3H]bromoxidine binding to alpha 2-adrenoceptors in rat brain.

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    Fernández-López, A; Soria, C; Revilla, V; Gómez, T; Calvo, P

    1994-04-01

    At 4 days after the implantation of two subcutaneous 75 mg morphine pellets in the back skin, rats were morphine-dependent. In the three layers studied in the occipital cortex we found that the values of the alpha 2-adrenergic agonist [3H]bromoxidine binding increased with respect to animals implanted with placebo pellets. Typical behavioral and physiological symptoms of the abstinence syndrome appeared 30 minutes after administration of naloxone, [3H]bromoxidine binding values being similar to those obtained in animals implanted with placebo pellets. The pattern of response of the [3H]bromoxidine binding was similar in the hippocampus and the superficial gray layer of the superior colliculus of the mesencephalon, but the differences were not statistically significant in these areas. This paper concludes that exist brain regional differences in the alpha 2-adrenoceptors response under morphine-treatment and possibly under naloxone-induced morphine abstinence syndrome.

  18. Inhibitory action of betaxolol, a beta 1-selective adrenoceptor antagonist, on voltage-dependent calcium channels in guinea-pig artery and vein.

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    Setoguchi, M.; Ohya, Y.; Abe, I.; Fujishima, M.

    1995-01-01

    1. The effects of betaxolol, (+/-)-1-[4-[2-(cyclopropylmethoxy) ethyl] phenoxy]-3-(isopropylamino)-2-propanol hydrochloride, a beta 1-selective adrenoceptor antagonist, on voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels were investigated in single smooth muscle cells from guinea-pig mesenteric artery and portal vein using a whole-cell variant of the patch-clamp technique. Ca2+ channel currents were recorded with bath solutions contained 10 mM Ba2+ for arterial cells and 2 mM Ca2+ for venous cells. 2. Betaxolol inhibited Ca2+ channel currents dose-dependently in both mesenteric artery cells and portal vein cells. The two isomers, (+)-betaxolol and (-)-betaxolol (relative beta-antagonistic efficacies of 0.1 and 1, respectively), had similar potencies for inhibiting Ca2+ channel currents in portal vein cells. Propranolol did not inhibit the currents. Thus the inhibitory action of betaxolol on Ca2+ channel currents was independent of the beta-adrenoceptor. 3. The inhibitory action of betaxolol on Ca2+ channel currents was compared with that of diltiazem and of nifedipine in mesenteric artery cells. The current inhibition depended on the stimulation frequency with all drugs (use-dependent block). All drugs also accelerated the current decay and shifted the voltage-dependent inactivation curve in a negative direction. 4. In conclusion, betaxolol inhibited Ca2+ channel currents in vascular smooth muscle cells. The mode of inhibitory action was similar to that of diltiazem and nifedipine. Our results suggest that betaxolol is a unique beta-adrenoceptor antagonist that has a direct inhibitory action on voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels in vascular smooth muscle cells. PMID:7647977

  19. The role of spinal serotonin receptor and alpha adrenoceptor on the antiallodynic effects induced by intrathecal milnacipran in chronic constriction injury rats.

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    Nakamura, Takehiro; Ikeda, Tetsuya; Takeda, Ryuichiro; Igawa, Kaori; Naono-Nakayama, Rumi; Sakoda, Sumio; Nishimori, Toshikazu; Ishida, Yasushi

    2014-09-05

    Milnacipran, a reuptake inhibitor of noradrenaline (NA) and serotonin (5-HT), elicits an antiallodynic effect in rats with neuropathic pain; however, the role of NA and 5-HT receptors in the induction of the antiallodynic effect of milnacipran remains unclear. Thus, we examined the effects of prazosin as an α1 adrenoceptor antagonist, yohimbine as an α2 adrenoceptor antagonist, metergoline as a 5-HT1, 5-HT2 and 5-HT7 receptor antagonist, cyanopindolol as a 5-HT1A/1B receptor antagonist, ketanserin as a 5-HT2 receptor antagonist, and ondansetoron as a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist on the antiallodynic effect of milnacipran in neuropathic rats with chronic constriction injury (CCI). The CCI rats expressed mechanical and thermal allodynia, which was attenuated by intrathecal injection of milnacipran. Yohimbine, but not prazosin, reversed the milnacipran-induced antiallodynic effect. The antiallodynic effect of milnacipran was also reversed by metergoline, ketanserin and ondansetron, while cyanopindolol reversed the antiallodynic effect on mechanical, but not thermal stimulation. Furthermore, c-Fos expression in lamina I/II of the spinal dorsal horn was enhanced by thermal stimulation and the enhanced expression of c-Fos was suppressed by milnacipran. This effect of milnacipran was reversed by yohimbine, metergoline, katanserin and ondansetron, but not prazosin. These results indicate that the effect of milnacipran on mechanical and thermal allodynia and c-Fos expression is elicited through the α2 adrenoceptor, but not α1 adrenoceptor, and 5-HT2 and 5-HT3 receptors; furthermore, the 5-HT1A/1B receptor is involved in mechanical allodynia, but not thermal allodynia.

  20. Mechanisms of vasoconstrictor responses to KCl in rat isolated perfused tail arteries: interaction with the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist UK14304.

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    Xiao, X H; Rand, M J

    1991-04-17

    The vasoconstriction in rat tail arteries during exposure to 56 mM KCl for 2-5 min consisted of an initial sharp peak followed by a secondary plateau. Both components were reduced by the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonists prazosin and WB4010. In arteries from reserpine-pretreated rats, the plateau was markedly reduced and only slightly further attenuated by prazosin, however the initial peak was not reduced but was now not affected by prazosin. Thus, the response to KCl in arteries from normal rats is partly due to release of noradrenaline, and this occurs to a greater extent in the plateau than in the peak component. Addition of UK14304 during the plateau reduced the vasoconstriction in arteries from normal rats; however, in arteries from reserpine-pretreated rats there was increased vasoconstriction. These effects of UK14304 were abolished by idazoxan and were not affected by prazosin, and can be attributed to prejunctional inhibition of noradrenaline release in arteries from normal rats and postjunctional enhancement of vasoconstriction in arteries from reserpine-pretreated rats.

  1. Functional interaction between alpha2-adrenoceptors, mu- and kappa-opioid receptors in the guinea pig myenteric plexus: effect of chronic desipramine treatment.

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    Canciani, Luca; Giaroni, Cristina; Zanetti, Elena; Giuliani, Daniela; Pisani, Rossana; Moro, Elisabetta; Trinchera, Marco; Crema, Francesca; Lecchini, Sergio; Frigo, Gianmario

    2006-12-28

    The existence of a functional interplay between alpha(2)-adrenoceptor and opioid receptor inhibitory pathways modulating neurotransmitter release has been demonstrated in the enteric nervous system by development of sensitivity changes to alpha(2)-adrenoceptor, mu- and kappa-opioid receptor agents on enteric cholinergic neurons after chronic sympathetic denervation. In the present study, to further examine this hypothesis we evaluated whether manipulation of alpha(2)-adrenoceptor pathways by chronic treatment with the antidepressant drug, desipramine (10 mg/kg i.p. daily, for 21 days), could entail changes in enteric mu- and kappa-opioid receptor pathways in the myenteric plexus of the guinea pig distal colon. In this region, subsensitivity to the inhibitory effect of both UK14,304 and U69,593, respectively alpha(2A)-adrenoceptor and kappa-opioid receptor agonist, on the peristaltic reflex developed after chronic desipramine treatment. On opposite, in these experimental conditions, supersensitivity developed to the inhibitory effect of [D-Ala, N-Me-Phe4-Gly-ol5]-enkephalin (DAMGO), mu-opioid receptor agonist, on propulsion velocity. Immunoreactive expression levels of alpha(2A)-adrenoceptors, mu- and kappa-opioid receptors significantly decreased in the myenteric plexus of the guinea pig colon after chronic desipramine treatment. In these experimental conditions, mRNA levels of alpha(2A)-adrenoceptors, mu- and kappa-opioid receptors significantly increased, excluding a direct involvement of transcription mechanisms in the regulation of receptor expression. Levels of G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2/3 and of inhibitory G(i/o) proteins were significantly reduced in the myenteric plexus after chronic treatment with desipramine. Such changes might represent possible molecular mechanisms involved in the development of subsensitivity to UK14,304 and U69,593 on the efficiency of peristalsis. Alternative molecular mechanisms, including a higher efficiency in the

  2. Long-term modulation by postnatal oxytocin of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist binding sites in central autonomic regions and the role of prenatal stress.

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    Díaz-Cabiale, Z; Olausson, H; Sohlström, A; Agnati, L F; Narváez, J A; Uvnäs-Moberg, K; Fuxe, K

    2004-03-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate whether oxytocin administered in male rats subcutaneously early in life in the absence or presence of food restriction during pregnancy has life-long effects on the alpha(2)-agonist binding sites in the nucleus of the solitarii tract (NTS), in the hypothalamus and the amygdala, as evaluated by quantitative receptor autoradiography. Maternal food restriction alone increased the affinity of the alpha(2)-agonist [(3)H]UK14.304 binding sites exclusively in the NTS. In offspring from ad libitum fed dams, oxytocin treatment significantly increased the density of alpha(2)-agonist binding sites in the NTS and in the hypothalamus. The K(d) value of the alpha(2)-agonist binding sites in the hypothalamus of these rats, but not in the other regions studied, was also significantly increased. In offspring from food-restricted dams, oxytocin treatment produced a significant increase of the B(max) values in the hypothalamus and the amygdala and the K(d) value of the alpha(2)-agonist binding sites in the NTS of these rats also was selectively and significantly increased. These results suggest that a postnatal, oxytocin-induced increase of regional alpha(2)-adrenoceptor function can be seen in adulthood by a persistent, regionally selective increase in the density of central alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonist binding sites, in the absence of an affinity change in the NTS. Such a regional increase of alpha(2)-adrenoceptor signalling in adulthood may contribute to the anti-stress action of postnatal oxytocin. By contrast, after prenatal stress, the potential increase in alpha(2)-adrenoceptor signalling takes place via selective increases of density with no changes of affinity of the alpha(2)-agonist binding sites in the hypothalamus and the amygdala.

  3. Effect of silodosin, a selective α(1A)-adrenoceptor antagonist, on voiding behavior and bladder blood flow in a rat model of bladder outlet obstruction.

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    Goi, Yoshiaki; Tomiyama, Yoshitaka; Yokoyama, Ayaka; Tatemichi, Satoshi; Maruyama, Kazuyasu; Kobayashi, Mamoru; Yamaguchi, Osamu

    2015-10-05

    This study was performed to investigate the effects of silodosin (selective α1A-adrenoceptor antagonist) on bladder blood flow (BBF) and bladder function in a rat model of bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) and to determine the expression of α1-adrenoceptor subtype mRNA in human and rat bladder microvessels. BOO was produced by partial ligature of the proximal urethra, which was maintained for 2 weeks. The BOO rats received either silodosin at a rate of 0.3mg/kg/day or vehicle subcutaneously via an osmotic pump for 2 weeks after BOO surgery. A metabolic cage study was performed in conscious animals. BBF was measured using a Laser Speckle Blood Flow Imager. Urinary levels of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and nerve growth factor (NGF) were measured. Immunohistological examinations of nerve distribution and NGF expression in the rat bladder were conducted. The expression of each α1-adrenoceptor subtype mRNA in human and rat bladder microvessels was determined by in situ hybridization. Silodosin ameliorated the increase in voiding frequency and decrease in mean voided volume in BOO rats in the metabolic cage study. Silodosin also abrogated the decrease in BBF in BOO rats. The levels of 8-OHdG and NGF in BOO rats were significantly decreased by administration of silodosin. Silodosin prevented the decrease in nerve distribution and increase in NGF expression. Human and rat bladder microvessels showed expression of all α1-adrenoceptor subtype mRNAs. The results presented here suggest that silodosin improves voiding behavior in rat models with BOO by inducing recovery of BBF.

  4. Influence of ephedrine and the role of alpha subtype adrenoreceptors in the vascular bed of the cat lung.

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    Kaye, Alan D; Hoover, Jason M; Baber, Syed R; Ibrahim, Ikhlass N

    2006-01-01

    In a university research laboratory and in separate experiments, the effects of phentolamine, the alpha-adrenergic antagonist; prazosin, an alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonist; 5-methyl-urapidil, the selective alpha1A-subtype adrenoceptor antagonist; chloroethylclonidine, an alpha1B- and alpha1D-subtype adrenoceptor antagonist; and BMY 7378, a selective alpha1D-subtype adrenoceptor antagonist were analyzed in an attempt to identify any significant effect on pulmonary arterial responses to ephedrine and other agonist agents in the pulmonary vascular bed of the cat. Under constant flow conditions, lobar arterial perfusion pressure and systemic pressure were continuously monitored, electronically averaged, and permanently recorded. In the isolated left lower lobe of the pulmonary feline vascular bed, ephedrine induced a dose-dependent vasoconstrictor response that was not significantly altered following administration of 5-methyl-urapidil. The vasopressor activity as a result of ephedrine was significantly decreased after administration of phentolamine, prazosin, chloroethylclonidine, and BMY 7378. Further, when the alpha1B- and alpha1D-subtype adrenoceptor antagonist chloroethylclonidine was given, there was almost complete elimination of the ephedrine-induced vasoconstrictor response. The results of this study suggest that ephedrine causes a dose-dependent vasopressor response in the feline pulmonary vascular bed and that this activity may be mediated or modulated by both alpha1B- and alpha1D-subtype adrenoceptor sensitive pathways.

  5. Interactions between responses mediated by activation of adenosine A2 receptors and alpha 1-adrenoceptors in the rabbit isolated aorta.

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    Wiener, H L; Thalody, G P; Maayani, S

    1993-06-01

    1. This paper describes aspects of the functional antagonism between the responses mediated by activated alpha 1-adrenoceptors and adenosine A2 receptors in the adventitia- and endothelium-denuded aorta of the rabbit. 2. Adenosine A2 receptor agonists relaxed aortic rings pre-contracted with phenylephrine. The relaxation response was agonist concentration-dependent and saturable. The respective contractile and relaxation responses were stable, reproducible, and reversible. 3. Increasing the phenylephrine concentration caused a progressive attenuation of the action of adenosine A2 receptor agonists, consisting of a decreased maximal response and a dextral shift of the adenosine agonist concentration-response curve. This functional antagonism could be completely reversed upon removal of adenosine by either the addition of adenosine deaminase or by wash-out of the adenosine agonist from the tissue. The relaxation response to the adenosine A2 receptor partial agonists, N6-cyclohexyladenosine and R-(-)-N6-(2-phenylisopropyl)adenosine, was abolished at higher phenylephrine concentrations (e.g. 30 EC50). 4. A 1000 fold increase in the adenosine concentration was required to shift the value of the EC50 of phenylephrine six fold, while a similar increase in the value of the EC50 of adenosine could be elicited by only a 32 fold increase in the phenylephrine concentration. A 30 fold increase in the phenylephrine concentration shifted the value of the EC50 of 5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine four fold. 5. Analysis of the functional antagonism between the responses mediated by these receptors using the Black & Leff (1983) operational model of agonism allowed for the estimation of the agonist dissociation constant, KA, and the apparent efficacy, tau, for both phenylephrine and adenosine A2 receptor agonists. Increasing the concentration of phenylephrine reduced the value of tau for adenosine agonists in a concentration-dependent and saturable manner. Similarly, increasing the

  6. Interactions between responses mediated by activation of adenosine A2 receptors and alpha 1-adrenoceptors in the rabbit isolated aorta.

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    Wiener, H. L.; Thalody, G. P.; Maayani, S.

    1993-01-01

    1. This paper describes aspects of the functional antagonism between the responses mediated by activated alpha 1-adrenoceptors and adenosine A2 receptors in the adventitia- and endothelium-denuded aorta of the rabbit. 2. Adenosine A2 receptor agonists relaxed aortic rings pre-contracted with phenylephrine. The relaxation response was agonist concentration-dependent and saturable. The respective contractile and relaxation responses were stable, reproducible, and reversible. 3. Increasing the phenylephrine concentration caused a progressive attenuation of the action of adenosine A2 receptor agonists, consisting of a decreased maximal response and a dextral shift of the adenosine agonist concentration-response curve. This functional antagonism could be completely reversed upon removal of adenosine by either the addition of adenosine deaminase or by wash-out of the adenosine agonist from the tissue. The relaxation response to the adenosine A2 receptor partial agonists, N6-cyclohexyladenosine and R-(-)-N6-(2-phenylisopropyl)adenosine, was abolished at higher phenylephrine concentrations (e.g. 30 EC50). 4. A 1000 fold increase in the adenosine concentration was required to shift the value of the EC50 of phenylephrine six fold, while a similar increase in the value of the EC50 of adenosine could be elicited by only a 32 fold increase in the phenylephrine concentration. A 30 fold increase in the phenylephrine concentration shifted the value of the EC50 of 5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine four fold. 5. Analysis of the functional antagonism between the responses mediated by these receptors using the Black & Leff (1983) operational model of agonism allowed for the estimation of the agonist dissociation constant, KA, and the apparent efficacy, tau, for both phenylephrine and adenosine A2 receptor agonists. Increasing the concentration of phenylephrine reduced the value of tau for adenosine agonists in a concentration-dependent and saturable manner. Similarly, increasing the

  7. Computer-assisted determination of minimum energy conformations. 7: A pharmacophore model of the active region of the alpha2-adrenoceptor

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    Ashman, William P.; Mickiewicz, A. P.; Nelson, Todd M.

    1992-09-01

    Molecular modeling and computational chemistry techniques are used to analyze compounds in developing pharmacophores of biological receptors to use as templates in structure activity relationship studies and to design new chemicals having physiological activity of interest. In this study, the results of x-ray crystal analyses and PM3 semi-empirical molecular orbital conformational analyses are used to determine the three-dimensional representations of selected adrenergic compounds known to be agonists with the alpha2-adrenoceptor in achieving optimized geometries and electrostatic parameters. The alpha2-adrenergic agonists interact with the adrenergic system receptors to produce various increases or decreases in hemodynamic responses (i.e., hypertension, hypotension, and bradycardia) and sedation. A pharmacophore model of the active region of the alpha2-adrenoceptor is described based on the superimposition of common structural, electrostatic, and physicochemical features of the compounds. Using the model to predict compound adrenergic activity and to design alpha2-adrenergic compounds is discussed.

  8. X-ray Crystallography, DFT Calculations and Molecular Docking of Indole-Arylpiperazine Derivatives as α1A-Adrenoceptor Antagonists.

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    Xu, Wei; Huang, Jun-Jun; Shao, Bin-Hao; Xu, Xing-Jie; Jiang, Ren-Wang; Yuan, Mu

    2015-10-30

    Indole-arylpiperazine derivatives have exhibited good selectivity for the α1A-adrenoceptor, but the structure-activity-binding mechanism relationship remains unclear. In the current study, three compounds (1, 2 and 3) were investigated through single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, density functional theory (DFT) calculations and molecular docking using a homology model of the α1A receptor. Compounds 1 and 3 form H-bonds networks to stabilize their three-dimensional structures, while C-H···π interactions play a significant role in the packing of 2. Based on DFT-optimized conformations, the HOMO-LUMO energy gaps and molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) were theoretically calculated at the B3LYP/6-311G (d, p) level of theory. Chemical reactivity increases in the order of 3 < 2 < 1, and the maximum positive region of the MEP maps is mainly localized over the NH group. The binding mechanisms of ligand-α1A-adrenoceptor complexes were illustrated by molecular docking. Binding to Gln177 of the second extracellular loop region via hydrogen bonds is likely to be essential for α1A-selective antagonists. The present work sheds light on the studies of structure-activity-binding mechanism and aids in the design of α1A antagonists with high selectivity.

  9. Beta 1-adrenoceptors mediate smooth muscle relaxation in mouse isolated trachea.

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    Henry, P. J.; Goldie, R. G.

    1990-01-01

    1. The relaxant effects to the beta-adrenoceptor agonists isoprenaline, adrenaline, noradrenaline, RO363, procaterol and fenoterol were investigated in carbachol-contracted mouse isolated tracheal preparations. 2. The order of potencies for those beta-adrenoceptor agonists that induced full relaxation of carbachol-contracted mouse tracheal preparations was isoprenaline greater than RO363 greater than noradrenaline = adrenaline greater than fenoterol. The EC50 value of isoprenaline for relaxation was 46 nM. The beta 1-adrenoceptor-selective agonist, RO363 was ten times more potent than the beta 2-adrenoceptor-selective agonist, fenoterol. The highly beta 2-adrenoceptor-selective agonist procaterol was a partial relaxant and induced only 28 +/- 4% relaxation. 3. Relaxations induced by noradrenaline and isoprenaline were not significantly affected by the neuronal uptake inhibitor, cocaine (10 microM) or by the extraneuronal uptake inhibitor, deoxycorticosterone acetate (25 microM) respectively. The alpha-adrenoceptor agonist methoxamine induced no observable elevation of mouse tracheal smooth muscle tone. 4. Schild plots for the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists, atenolol and betaxolol (beta 1-adrenoceptor-selective) and ICI 118,551 (beta 2-adrenoceptor-selective) were linear, with slope values approaching unity. Mean pA2 values derived for atenolol, betaxolol and ICI 118,551 for antagonism of beta-adrenoceptor-mediated relaxation were 7.1, 8.4 and 7.2, respectively. These data were independent of the use of isoprenaline or noradrenaline as the agonist. 5. These findings indicate that beta-adrenoceptor-mediated relaxations of mouse isolated trachea occur predominantly through activation of beta 1-adrenoceptors. PMID:2158831

  10. Synthesis, crystal structure, biological evaluation, and molecular docking studies of quinoline-arylpiperazine derivative as potent α1A-adrenoceptor antagonist

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    Xu, Wei; Jiang, Renwang; Yuan, Mu

    2017-02-01

    Arylpiperazine derivatives received special attention owing to their antagonist potency on α1-adrenoceptors (α1-ARs). In this work, quinoline-arylpiperazine derivative (1) was synthesized and its structural properties were investigated using single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and theoretical calculations. Biological evaluation in vitro revealed that compound 1 exhibited a 3-fold higher selectivity for α1A-AR over than α1B subtype when compared to non-selective antagonist prazosin. Molecular docking studies shed light on the antagonistic activity of both 1 and prazosin on α1A and α1B-AR. The docking results suggested that residues Gln177, Phe86, Phe288, Phe308, Phe312 and Tyr316 were identified as the major sites for the two agents binding to the α1A receptor. As depicted by pharmacophoric model, 1 was deemed to be the α1A-selective antagonist on the basis of pharmacophoric features. Our present work may provide valuable information for better drug design of subtype-selective α1-AR antagonists.

  11. Food deprivation increases alpha(2)-adrenoceptor-mediated modulation of jejunal epithelial transport in young and adult rats.

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    Lucas-Teixeira, V; Vieira-Coelho, M A; Serrão, M P; Soares-da-Silva, P

    2000-10-01

    This study examined the effect of food deprivation on the jejunal response to alpha(2)-adrenoceptor activation in young (20-d-old) and adult (60-d-old) rats, using short-circuit (I(sc)) measurements in the absence or presence of furosemide (1 mmol/L). The effect of alpha(2)-adrenoceptor stimulation by 5-bromo-N:-(4, 5-dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)-6-quinoxalinamine (UK 14,304; 0.3-3000 nmol/L) was a concentration-dependent decrease in I(sc) with similar half-maximal effective concentration (EC(50); 12.3 +/- 1.1 vs. 9.6 +/- 1.1 nmol/L) and maximal effect (E(max); 70.6 +/- 6.9 vs. 80.6 +/- 4.5% of reduction) values in adult food-deprived and fed rats. The effect of UK 14,304 on I(sc) in fed and food-deprived rats was markedly (P: < 0.05) attenuated by furosemide (1 mmol/L). E(max) values for UK 14,304 in 20-d-old food-deprived rats were higher (P: < 0.05) than those observed in fed rats (93.3 +/- 3.3 vs. 67.0 +/- 11.3% of reduction), without differences in EC(50) values. The effect of UK 14,304 on I(sc) in 20-d-old fed rats was completely abolished by furosemide (1 mmol/L). In food-deprived young rats, the effect of UK 14,304 was also markedly (P: < 0.05) antagonized by furosemide, but not completely abolished. Specific [(3)H]-rauwolscine binding in membranes from jejunal epithelial cells revealed the presence of a single class of binding sites, with an apparent K:(D) in the low nmol/L range. In 20-d-old food-deprived rats, specific [(3)H]-rauwolscine binding was markedly increased, and this was reversed by refeeding. Na(+),K(+)-ATPase activity in isolated jejunal epithelial cells from 60-d-old fed rats was twice that in 20-d-old fed rats [117 +/- 14 vs. 52 +/- 5 nmol free inorganic phosphorus/(mg protein.min)]. Food deprivation in adult rats, but not in 20-d-old rats, was accompanied by a significant decrease in Na(+),K(+)-ATPase activity. In both young and adult rats (fed and food-deprived), UK 14,304 did not affect Na(+),K(+)-ATPase activity. In conclusion, food

  12. Pharmacologic characterization of GSK-961081 (TD-5959), a first-in-class inhaled bifunctional bronchodilator possessing muscarinic receptor antagonist and β2-adrenoceptor agonist properties.

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    Hegde, Sharath S; Hughes, Adam D; Chen, Yan; Steinfeld, Tod; Jasper, Jeffrey R; Lee, Tae-Weon; McNamara, Alexander; Martin, William J; Pulido-Rios, M Teresa; Mammen, Mathai

    2014-10-01

    The objective of the present studies was to characterize the pharmacologic properties of GSK-961081 [TD-5959; (R)-1-(3-((2-chloro-4-(((2-hydroxy-2-(8-hydroxy-2-oxo-1,2-dihydroquinolin-5-yl)ethyl)amino)methyl)-5-methoxyphenyl)amino)-3-oxopropyl) piperidin-4-yl [1,1'-biphenyl]-2-ylcarbamate], a novel first-in-class inhaled bifunctional compound possessing both muscarinic antagonist (MA) and β2-adrenoceptor agonist (BA) properties (MABA). In competition radioligand binding studies at human recombinant receptors, GSK-961081 displayed high affinity for hM2 (Ki = 1.4 nM), hM3 muscarinic receptors (Ki = 1.3 nM) and hβ2-adrenoceptors (Ki = 3.7 nM). GSK-961081 behaved as a potent hβ2-adrenoceptor agonist (EC50 = 0.29 nM for stimulation of cAMP levels) with 440- and 320-fold functional selectivity over hβ1- and hβ3-adrenoceptors, respectively. In guinea pig isolated tracheal tissues, GSK-961081 produced smooth muscle relaxation through MA (EC50 = 50.2 nM), BA (EC50=24.6 nM), and MABA (EC50 = 11 nM) mechanisms. In the guinea pig bronchoprotection assay, inhaled GSK-961081 produced potent, dose-dependent inhibition of bronchoconstrictor responses via MA (ED50 = 33.9 µg/ml), BA (ED50 = 14.1 µg/ml), and MABA (ED50 = 6.4 µg/ml) mechanisms. Significant bronchoprotective effects of GSK-961081 were evident in guinea pigs via MA, BA, and MABA mechanisms for up to 7 days after dosing. The lung selectivity index of GSK-961081 in guinea pigs was 55- to 110-fold greater than that of tiotropium with respect to systemic antimuscarinic antisialagogue effects and was 10-fold greater than that of salmeterol with respect to systemic β2-adrenoceptor hypotensive effects. These preclinical findings studies suggest that GSK-961081 has the potential to be a promising next-generation inhaled lung-selective bronchodilator for the treatment of airway diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Copyright © 2014 by The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental

  13. Opposite influences of different adrenoceptors on baclofen-induced antinociception in mice.

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    Sabetkasai, M; Doost-Mohammady, R; Zarrindast, M R

    1997-01-01

    In the present study, the effects of adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists on baclofen-induced antinociception was investigated. Intraperitoneal administration of different doses of baclofen (2.5, 5 and 10 mg/kg) induced antinociception in the tail-flick test. The response was dose-dependent. The alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, clonidine, increased, while the alpha 1-adrenoceptor agonist, phenylephrine, decreased the baclofen response. In reserpine-treated animals, alpha 2-adrenoceptor, clonidine, induced antinociception and increased that of baclofen. Yohambine and propranolol but not prazosin decreased the baclofen effect. Although phenoxybenzamine itself induced antinociception it did not alter the baclofen response significantly. Reserpine treatment decreased the response induced by single administration of baclofen or phenoxybenzamine and that induced by a combination of baclofen with either phenoxybenzamine or prazosin. It may be concluded that alpha 2-adrenoceptor stimulation increases, while alpha 1-adrenoceptor activation decreases the baclofen-induced antinociception, and aminergic mechanism(s) may have a positive influence on baclofen response.

  14. Glutamate requires NMDA receptors to modulate alpha2 adrenoceptor in medulla oblongata cultured cells of newborn rats.

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    Marinho da Silva, Sergio; Carrettiero, Daniel C; Chadi, Débora R F

    2014-04-03

    α2 Adrenoceptors (α2-ARs) are important in regulating the central control of blood pressure in medulla oblongata. However, it is unclear how this receptor is modulated by different receptors, especially the glutamatergic. In the present study, we studied the influence of ionotropic glutamatergic receptors over the α2-ARs in cultured cells of the medulla oblongata of newborn rats. For this purpose, the protein level of the α2-ARs was assessed after administration to the cultured cells of glutamate (glu), the agonists NMDA and kainate (KA), the NMDA receptor antagonist MK801 and the KA receptor antagonist DNQX. Results indicate that the α2-AR protein levels were increased after the treatments with glu and NMDA, and the addition of MK801 to this treatment thwarted this increase. Notwithstanding the fact that KA did not alter the receptor protein level, the combined treatment of DNQX with glu prevented the α2-AR protein modulation. In conclusion, the present study suggests that ionotropic glutamatergic receptors could be related to the α2-AR protein regulation in the medulla oblongata.

  15. Effects of glutamate and {alpha}2-noradrenergic receptor antagonists on the development of neurotoxicity produced by chronic rotenone in rats

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    Alam, Mesbah Danysz, Wojciech; Schmidt, Werner Juergen; Dekundy, Andrzej

    2009-10-15

    Systemic inhibition of complex I by rotenone in rats represents a model of Parkinson's disease (PD). The aim of this study was to elucidate whether neramexane (NMDA, nicotinic {alpha}9/{alpha}10 and 5-HT{sub 3} receptor antagonist), idazoxan ({alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptor antagonist) or 2-methyl-6-(phenyl-ethyl)-pyrimidine (MPEP, metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 antagonist) prevents rotenone-induced parkinsonian-like behaviours and neurochemical changes in rats. Rotenone (2.5 mg/kg i.p. daily) was administered over 60 days together with saline, neramexane (5 mg/kg i.p., b.i.d.), idazoxan (2.5 mg/kg i.p., b.i.d.) or MPEP (2.5 mg/kg i.p., b.i.d.). The same doses of neramexane, idazoxan and MPEP were administered to rats treated with vehicle instead of rotenone. Treatment-related effects on parkinsonian-like behaviours, such as hypokinesia/rigidity and locomotor activity, were evaluated. Moreover, concentrations of dopamine, serotonin and their metabolites were measured in rats from each experimental group. Over the 60-day treatment period, the rotenone + saline treated animals developed hypokinesia, expressed as an increase in the bar and grid descent latencies in the catalepsy test, and a decrease in locomotor activity. Neramexane and idazoxan partially prevented the development of catalepsy in rotenone-treated rats. Co-administration of MPEP with rotenone resulted only in a decrease in descent latency in the grid test on day 60. Chronic rotenone treatment reduced concentrations of dopamine and serotonin in the anterior striatum, which was blocked by co-treatment with neramexane or idazoxan but not with MPEP. Only neramexane treatment blocked the rotenone-induced decrease in dopamine levels in the substantia nigra pars compacta. In conclusion, neramexane and idazoxan counteracted to some extent the development of parkinsonian symptoms and neurochemical alterations in the rotenone model of Parkinson's disease.

  16. Spinal alpha(2)-adrenoceptors are involved in the MACbar-sparing effect of systemic clonidine in rats.

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    Docquier, Marie-Agnes; Lavand'homme, Patricia; Collet, Valerie; De Kock, Marc

    2002-10-01

    We evaluated the central or spinal mechanism involved in the MACbar-sparing effect of systemic clonidine by using intrathecal alpha-adrenergic antagonist administration. The minimum alveolar concentration of sevoflurane that blocks cardiovascular response to a noxious stimulus (MACbar(sevo)) was determined in rats after treatment with IV saline, IV clonidine 10 micro g/kg, intrathecal (IT) or IV phentolamine 50 micro g, IT or IV yohimbine 200 micro g, IT or IV prazosin 30 micro g, or the combination of IV clonidine and the different IT or IV alpha-adrenergic antagonists. In the studied model, the MACbar(sevo) of saline-treated controls was 2.10 +/- 0.8. After clonidine administration, it decreased to 1.07 +/- 0.4. The IT administration of phentolamine and yohimbine did not modify the MACbar(sevo) of naïve rats, whereas in IV clonidine-treated animals, it totally suppressed the MAC-sparing effect of this drug (phentolamine) or even significantly increased (yohimbine) the MACbar(sevo) (2.78 +/- 1) when compared with controls (P < 0.05). IT prazosin alone significantly reduced the MACbar(sevo) (0.35 +/- 0.3; P< 0.05) and suppressed any hemodynamic reaction when combined with IV clonidine. The IV administration of the different alpha-adrenergic antagonists had no significant effect on the MACbar(sevo) of controls or IV clonidine-treated animals. These results argue for a spinal mechanism of action involved in the MACbar-sparing effect of systemic clonidine. Moreover, the spinally administered alpha-antagonists displayed different effects in rats under sevoflurane anesthesia than those reported in awake animals. Using intrathecal alpha-adrenergic antagonist administration, we demonstrated that a spinal mechanism is involved in the MACbar-sparing effect of systemic clonidine in rats.

  17. Evidence that the plant cannabinoid cannabigerol is a highly potent α2-adrenoceptor agonist and moderately potent 5HT1A receptor antagonist

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    Cascio, MG; Gauson, LA; Stevenson, LA; Ross, RA; Pertwee, RG

    2010-01-01

    Background and purpose: Cannabis is the source of at least seventy phytocannabinoids. The pharmacology of most of these has been little investigated, three notable exceptions being Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin. This investigation addressed the question of whether the little-studied phytocannabinoid, cannabigerol, can activate or block any G protein-coupled receptor. Experimental approach: The [35S]GTPγS binding assay, performed with mouse brain membranes, was used to test the ability of cannabigerol to produce G protein-coupled receptor activation or blockade. Its ability to displace [3H]CP55940 from mouse CB1 and human CB2 cannabinoid receptors and to inhibit electrically evoked contractions of the mouse isolated vas deferens was also investigated. Key results: In the brain membrane experiments, cannabigerol behaved as a potent α2-adrenoceptor agonist (EC50= 0.2 nM) and antagonized the 5-HT1A receptor agonist, R-(+)-8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (apparent KB= 51.9 nM). At 10 µM, it also behaved as a CB1 receptor competitive antagonist. Additionally, cannabigerol inhibited evoked contractions of the vas deferens in a manner that appeared to be α2-adrenoceptor-mediated (EC50= 72.8 nM) and displayed significant affinity for mouse CB1 and human CB2 receptors. Conclusions and implications: This investigation has provided the first evidence that cannabigerol can activate α2-adrenoceptors, bind to cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors and block CB1 and 5-HT1A receptors. It will now be important to investigate why cannabigerol produced signs of agonism more potently in the [35S]GTPγS binding assay than in the vas deferens and also whether it can inhibit noradrenaline uptake in this isolated tissue and in the brain. PMID:20002104

  18. Pharmacological studies of human erectile tissue: characteristics of spontaneous contractions and alterations in alpha-adrenoceptor responsiveness with age and disease in isolated tissues.

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    Christ, G. J.; Maayani, S.; Valcic, M.; Melman, A.

    1990-01-01

    1. The pathophysiology of impotence related to vascular smooth muscle dysfunction in the male corpus cavernosum was studied on human isolated erectile tissue (HET). Studies were conducted on 140 sections of HET obtained from 38 male patients undergoing surgery for implantation of penile prostheses to correct underlying erectile dysfunction. 2. Spontaneous myotonic oscillations were characteristic of greater than 90% of all HET preparations at 37 degrees C. These spontaneous oscillations were markedly attenuated by indomethacin, BW755C, nifedipine, removal of extracellular Ca2+, or lower temperatures (less than or equal to 32 degrees C), but were not sensitive to inhibition by atropine, phentolamine or tetrodotoxin. Our data suggest that the oscillations may, at least in part, result from the generation and/or release of a stable cyclo-oxygenase product and a consequent increase in transmembrane Ca2+ influx. 3. The phenylephrine-induced contractions in HET may be reliably assayed up to 24 h after surgical removal, without significant alterations in the EC50, maximum response (Emax) or slope index of the steady-state concentration-response curve to phenylephrine. 4. The competitive and surmountable nature of the antagonism of phenylephrine-induced contractions by prazosin and yohimbine allowed calculation of antagonist dissociation constants. The calculated pKb values for prazosin and yohimbine, respectively, were 9.47 +/- 0.49 and 5.54 +/- 0.22. The rank order of agonist potency in HET was: noradrenaline = phenylephrine much greater than clonidine. These data indicate the presence of a population of membrane receptors that are predominantly of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor subtype.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1701678

  19. 3,4-Diaminopyridine masks the inhibition of noradrenaline release from chick sympathetic neurons via presynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptors: insights into the role of N- and L-type calcium channels.

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    Dolezal, V; Huang, H Y; Schobert, A; Hertting, G

    1996-05-20

    We have investigated the participation of the N-type (omega-conotoxin GVIA-sensitive) and L-type (nifedipine-sensitive) calcium channels in the alpha 2-adrenoceptor mediated autoinhibition of the release of [3H]noradrenaline from chick sympathetic neurons in culture. Blockade of 3,4-diaminopyridine-sensitive potassium channels resulted in tetrodotoxin-sensitive and calcium-dependent increase of the release of [3H]noradrenaline evoked by electrical stimulation. Nifedipine attenuated the evoked release under control conditions by 20%, but in the presence of 3,4-diaminopyridine by 51%, while omega-conotoxin decreased the release under control conditions by 87% and in the presence of 3,4-diaminopyridine by only 43%. The L-type calcium channel activator Bay k 8644 increased the evoked release of the transmitter both in the absence and in the presence of 3,4-diaminopyridine. Under control conditions, the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist UK 14304 decreased the evoked release by 57% and the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist rauwolscine increased it by 14%. Nifedipine did not prevent this modulation. In the presence of 3,4-diaminopyridine, UK 14304 lost its effect on the release of noradrenaline, but its inhibitory action was restored when nifedipine, but not omega-conotoxin, was added. Changes in the increase of intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) evoked by electrical stimulation, measured in the cell processes by microfluorimetry, paralleled the changes in the release of [3H]noradrenaline. Under control conditions, nifedipine attenuated the rise of intracellular calcium by only 16%, while omega-conotoxin did so by 66%. 3,4-Diaminopyridine enhanced the evoked rise of [Ca2+]i; in its presence the rise of intracellular calcium was about equally reduced by nifedipine and omega-conotoxin (by 46 and 36%, respectively). These effects were additive. UK 14304 diminished the peak concentration of [Ca2+]i elicited by the standard electrical stimulation by 31% and rauwolscine

  20. Effect of chronic morphine treatment on alpha(2)-adrenoceptor mediated autoinhibition of transmitter release from sympathetic varicosities of the mouse vas deferens.

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    Karunanithi, S; Lavidis, N A

    2001-01-01

    1. The effect of chronic morphine treatment (CMT) on sympathetic innervation of the mouse vas deferens and on alpha(2)-adrenoceptor mediated autoinhibition has been examined using intracellular recording of excitatory junction potentials (EJPs) and histochemistry. 2. In chronically saline treated (CST) preparations, morphine (1 microM) and the alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonist (clonidine, 1 microM) decreased the mean amplitude of EJPs evoked with 0.03 Hz stimulation by 81+/-8% (n=16) and 92+/-6% (n=7) respectively. In CMT preparations, morphine (1 microM) and clonidine (1 microM) decreased mean EJP amplitude by 68+/-8% (n=7) and 79+/-8% (n=7) respectively. 3. When stimulating the sympathetic axons at 0.03 Hz, the mean EJP amplitude recorded from smooth muscles acutely withdrawn from CMT was four times greater than for CST smooth muscles (40.7+/-3.8 mV, n=7 compared with 9.9+/-0.3 mV, n=7). 4. Part of the increase in mean EJP amplitude following CMT was produced by a 31% increase in the density of sympathetic axons and varicosities innervating the smooth muscle. 5. Results from the present study indicate that the effectiveness of alpha(2)-adrenoceptor mediated autoinhibition is only slightly reduced in CMT preparations. Most of the cross tolerance which develops between morphine, clonidine and alpha(2)-adrenoceptor mediated autoinhibition occurs as a consequence of increased efficacy of neuromuscular transmission which is produced by an increase in the probability of transmitter release and an increase in the density of sympathetic innervation.

  1. Role of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (Erk) signal transduction cascade in alpha(2) adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction in porcine palmar lateral vein.

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    Roberts, R E

    2001-07-01

    The mechanism of alpha(2) adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction is unknown, but may involve activation of voltage-sensitive calcium channels, and/or a protein tyrosine kinase. Recently the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (Erk) cascade, often an event downstream of tyrosine kinase activation, has been shown to mediate vasoconstriction to a variety of agents. The aim of this present study was to determine the involvement of the Erk signal transduction cascade in alpha(2) adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction, and to confirm the involvement of activation of voltage-sensitive calcium channels, and protein tyrosine kinase. Contractions to the alpha(2) adrenoceptor agonist UK14304 in the porcine palmar lateral vein in vitro were reduced 70 - 80% by the MEK inhibitors PD98059 (10 - 50 microM) and U0126 (10 - 50 microM), indicating the involvement of the Erk signal transduction cascade. Immunoblots also demonstrated an increase in the phosphorylated (activated) form of Erk in palmar lateral vein segments after contraction with UK14304, which was inhibited by PD98059 and U0126. The calcium channel blockers nifedipine and verapamil, or removal of extracellular calcium inhibited UK14304-induced contractions and phosphorylation of Erk, demonstrating the importance of an influx of extracellular calcium. UK14304-induced contractions were inhibited by PP2 (1 - 10 microM), a selective inhibitor of Src tyrosine kinases, but not by PP3, an inactive analogue. PP2 also prevented the phosphorylation of Erk by UK14304. These data demonstrate that alpha(2) adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction in the porcine palmar lateral vein is dependent upon activation of the Erk signal transduction cascade, which is downstream of an influx of extracellular calcium, and activation of Src tyrosine kinases.

  2. An electrophysiological analysis of the effects of noradrenaline and alpha-receptor antagonists on neuromuscular transmission in mammalian muscular arteries.

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    Holman, M E; Surprenant, A

    1980-01-01

    1 The effects of exogenously applied noradrenaline (NA) and alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists on the mechanical and intracellularly recorded responses to perivascular nerve stimulation were examined in the rabbit ear artery, rabbit saphenous artery and rat tail artery. 2 Excitatory junction potentials (e.j.ps) and action potentials recorded from these smooth muscles were not blocked or depressed by phentolamine, phenoxybenzamine, prazosin, or labetolol in concentrations as high as 10 microgram/ml. Phentolamine (1 to 10 microgram/ml) depressed neurally-evoked contractions of the ear and saphenous, but not the tail artery, and also depressed the contractions produced by direct muscle stimulation in the ear and saphenous arteries. Prazosin and labetolol (0.1 to 10 microgram/ml) had no effect on the neurally evoked contractile response in any of the arteries examined. 3 The amplitude of the steady-state e.j.p. during repetitive stimulation at 0.45 to 2 Hz was increased by phentolamine or phenoxybenzamine but not by prazosin or labetolol. Phentolamine and phenoxybenzamine also increased the amplitude of the e.j.p. evoked by a single stimulus in the majority of the preparations. 4 Concentrations of NA greater than or equal to 1 microgram/ml depolarized the smooth muscle while concentrations greater than or equal to 0.5 microgram/ml depressed the amplitude of the e.j.ps recorded from these arteries. alpha-Antagonists did not suppress either the NA-induced membrane depolarization or depression of e.j.ps. 5 These observations call into question the physiological relevance of both pre- and postsynaptic alpha-receptors in regard to adrenergic neuromuscular transmission in muscular arteries.

  3. A Comparison of the Anorectic Effect and Safety of the Alpha2-Adrenoceptor Ligands Guanfacine and Yohimbine in Rats with Diet-Induced Obesity

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    Dudek, Magdalena; Knutelska, Joanna; Bednarski, Marek; Nowiński, Leszek; Zygmunt, Małgorzata; Mordyl, Barbara; Głuch-Lutwin, Monika; Kazek, Grzegorz; Sapa, Jacek; Pytka, Karolina

    2015-01-01

    The search for drugs with anorectic activity, acting within the adrenergic system has attracted the interest of researchers. Partial α2-adrenoceptor agonists might offer the potential for effective and safe treatment of obesity. We compared the effectiveness and safety of α2-adrenoceptor ligands in reducing body mass. We also analyzed if antagonist and partial agonists of α2-adrenoceptor––yohimbine and guanfacine––act similarly, and determined which course of action is connected with anorectic activity. We tested intrinsic activity and effect on the lipolysis of these compounds in cell cultures, evaluated their effect on meal size, body weight in Wistar rats with high-fat diet-induced obesity, and determined their effect on blood pressure, heart rate, lipid profile, spontaneous locomotor activity, core temperature and glucose, as well as glycerol and cortisol levels. Both guanfacine and yohimbine showed anorectic activity. Guanfacine was much more effective than yohimbine. Both significantly reduced the amount of intraperitoneal adipose tissue and had a beneficial effect on lipid profiles. Decreased response of α2A-adrenoceptors and partial stimulation of α2B-receptors seem to be responsible for the anorectic action of guanfacine. The stimulation of α1-adrenoceptors by guanfacine is responsible for cardiovascular side effects but may also be linked with improved anorexic effect. α1-adrenoceptor blockade is connected with the side effects of yohimbine, but it is also associated with the improvement of lipid profiles. Guanfacine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hypertension and conduct disorder, but as it reduces body weight, it is worth examining its effectiveness and safety in models of obesity. PMID:26506439

  4. Irreversible binding of a carbostyril-based agonist and antagonist to the beta-adrenoceptor in DDT1 MF-2 cells and rat aorta.

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    Deyrup, M D; Greco, P G; Otero, D H; Dennis, D M; Gelband, C H; Baker, S P

    1998-05-01

    1. The chemoreactive ligands 5(2-(((1'-(4'-isothiocyanatophenylamino)thiocarbonyl)-amino) -2-methylpropyl)amino-2-hydroxypropoxy)-3,4-dihydrocarbostyril (DCITC) and 8-hydroxy-5(2-(((1'-(4'-isothiocyanatophenylamino)thiocarbonyl+ ++)amino)-2-methylprop-2-yl)amino-1-hydroxyethyl)-carbostyril++ + (HCITC) were synthesized and shown to be potent irreversible antagonist and agonist ligands, respectively, for the beta-adrenoceptor in DDT1 MF-2 (DDT) cells and the rat isolated aorta. 2. In DDT cell membranes DCITC and HCITC inhibited (-)[125I]-iodocyanopindolol (CYP) binding to the beta-adrenoceptor with IC50 values of 1.1 and 18 nM, respectively. (-)-Isoprenaline inhibited [125I]-CYP binding with an IC50 of 355 nM. Pretreatment of membranes with either chemoreactive ligand produced a time- and concentration-dependent decrease in the beta-adrenoceptor content, indicating irreversible receptor binding. DCITC at concentrations up to 10 microM did not stimulate cyclic AMP accumulation in DDT cells nor did it amplify forskolin-stimulated cyclic AMP accumulation. 3. In the rat isolated aorta, DCITC (0.1 microM) did not affect either the phenylephrine-mediated tissue contraction or the acetylcholine-mediated relaxation. DCITC attenuated the maximal (-)-isoprenaline-mediated relaxation of a phenylephrine contracted aorta in a concentration-dependent manner and shifted the dose-response curves for (-)-isoprenaline to the right. The DCITC-induced decrease in maximal response was not reversed by extensive tissue washing. By use of the operational model of agonism, the calculated dissociation constant for (-)-isoprenaline ws 286 nM and the estimated receptor reserve for this agonist was 23% at the maximal response. 4. HCITC and (-)-isoprenaline stimulated cyclic AMP accumulation in DDT cells with pD2 values (negative logarithm to base 10 of EC50) of 7.95 and 7.97, respectively, and both mediated the same maximal stimulation. In the rat isolated aorta, HCITC produced a concentration

  5. Facilitatory interplay in alpha 1a and beta 2 adrenoceptor function reveals a non-Gq signaling mode: implications for diversification of intracellular signal transduction.

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    Copik, Alicja J; Ma, Cynthia; Kosaka, Alan; Sahdeo, Sunil; Trane, Andy; Ho, Hoangdung; Dietrich, Paul S; Yu, Helen; Ford, Anthony P D W; Button, Donald; Milla, Marcos E

    2009-03-01

    Agonist occupied alpha(1)-adrenoceptors (alpha(1)-ARs) engage several signaling pathways, including phosphatidylinositol hydrolysis, calcium mobilization, arachidonic acid release, mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase activation, and cAMP accumulation. The natural agonist norepinephrine (NE) activates with variable affinity and intrinsic efficacy all adrenoceptors, and in cells that coexpress alpha(1)- and beta-AR subtypes, such as cardiomyocytes, this leads to coactivation of multiple downstream pathways. This may result in pathway cross-talk with significant consequences to heart physiology and pathologic state. To dissect signaling components involved specifically in alpha(1A)- and beta(2)-AR signal interplay, we have developed a recombinant model system that mimics the levels of receptor expression observed in native cells. We followed intracellular Ca(2+) mobilization to monitor in real time the activation of both G(q) and G(s) pathways. We found that coactivation of alpha(1A)- and beta(2)-AR by the nonselective agonist NE or via a combination of the highly selective alpha(1A)-AR agonist A61603 and the beta-selective agonist isoproterenol led to increases in Ca(2+) influx from the extracellular compartment relative to stimulation with A61603 alone, with no effect on the associated transient release of Ca(2+) from intracellular stores. This effect became more evident upon examination of an alpha(1A)-AR variant exhibiting a partial defect in coupling to G(q), and we attribute it to potentiation of a non G(q)-pathway, uncovered by application of a combination of xestospongin C, an endoplasmic reticulum inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptor blocker, and 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate, a nonselective storeoperated Ca(2+) entry channel blocker. We also found that stimulation with A61603 of a second alpha(1A)-AR variant entirely unable to signal induced no Ca(2+) unless beta(2)-AR was concomitantly activated. These results may be accounted for by the presence of alpha

  6. Alpha-2A Adrenoceptor Agonist Guanfacine Restores Diuretic Efficiency in Experimental Cirrhotic Ascites: Comparison with Clonidine

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    Sansoè, Giovanni; Aragno, Manuela; Mastrocola, Raffaella; Mengozzi, Giulio; Parola, Maurizio

    2016-01-01

    Background In human cirrhosis, adrenergic hyperfunction causes proximal tubular fluid retention and contributes to diuretic-resistant ascites, and clonidine, a sympatholytic drug, improves natriuresis in difficult-to-treat ascites. Aim To compare clonidine (aspecific α2-adrenoceptor agonist) to SSP-002021R (prodrug of guanfacine, specific α2A-receptor agonist), both associated with diuretics, in experimental cirrhotic ascites. Methods and Results Six groups of 12 rats were studied: controls (G1); controls receiving furosemide and potassium canrenoate (G2); rats with ascitic cirrhosis due to 14-week CCl4 treatment (G3); cirrhotic rats treated (over the 11th-14th CCl4 weeks) with furosemide and canrenoate (G4), furosemide, canrenoate and clonidine (G5), or diuretics and SSP002021R (G6). Three rats of each group had their hormonal status and renal function assessed at the end of 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th weeks of respective treatments.Cirrhotic rats in G3 and G4 gained weight over the 12th-14th CCl4 weeks. In G4, brief increase in sodium excretion over the 11th-12th weeks preceded worsening of inulin clearance and natriuresis (diuretic resistance). In comparison with G4, the addition of clonidine (G5) or guanfacine (G6) to diuretics improved, respectively, sodium excretion over the 11th-12th CCl4 weeks, or GFR and electrolytes excretion over the 13th-14th CCl4 weeks. Natriuretic responses in G5 and G6 were accompanied by reduced catecholamine serum levels. Conclusions α2A-receptor agonists restore glomerular filtration rate and natriuresis, and delay diuretic-resistant ascites in experimental advanced cirrhosis. Clonidine ameliorates diuretic-dependent natriuresis just for a short time. PMID:27384184

  7. Effects of adrenoceptor antagonists and neuronal uptake inhibitors on dimethylphenylpiperazinium-induced release of catecholamines from the rabbit isolated adrenal gland and guinea-pig atria

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    Collett, A.R.; Story, D.F.

    1984-11-01

    Isolated rabbit adrenal glands were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit solution at 37 degrees C and the catecholamine storage sites were labeled with (/sup 3/H)epinephrine. Release of radioactivity was evoked by 2-min periods of perfusion with dimethylphenylpiperazinium (DMPP, 100 microM). DMPP-induced efflux of radioactivity was decreased by desipramine (1 microM), cocaine (30 microM), phenoxybenzamine (1 and 10 microM), phentolamine (1, 3 and 10 microM) and propranolol (1 microM). The reduction in DMPP-induced efflux cannot be accounted for by interactions with alpha adrenoceptors, as prazosin (1 microM) and yohimbine (1 microM) were without effect. There also was no correlation between inhibition of DMPP-induced efflux and ability of the drugs to inhibit catecholamine uptake as phentolamine (1 microM) and propranolol (1 microM) did not affect the incorporation of (/sup 3/H)epinephrine by the gland. In guinea-pig atria, in which the catecholamine storage sites had been labeled with (/sup 3/H)norepinephrine, efflux of radioactivity was elicited by 1-min periods of contact with DMPP. DMPP-induced efflux of radioactivity from atria was decreased by desipramine (1 microM), cocaine (30 microM), phenoxybenzamine (1 and 10 microM), phentolamine (1 and 10 microM) and propranolol (1 microM) but not by prazosin (1 microM) or yohimbine (1 microM). The inhibition of DMPP-induced efflux in guinea-pig atria could not be correlated with alpha adrenoceptor antagonism or blockade of neuronal uptake. There were differences between the two preparations in the degree of inhibition of DMPP-induced release produced by the above drugs.

  8. Mesolimbic alpha-, but not beta-adrenoceptors control the accumbal release of dopamine that is derived from reserpine-sensitive storage vesicles.

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    Verheij, M M M; Cools, A R

    2009-09-15

    Mesolimbic beta-, but not alpha-adrenoceptors control the accumbal release of dopamine that is derived from alpha-methyl-para-tyrosine-sensitive pools of newly synthesized neurotransmitter. The aim of this study was to investigate which of these adrenoceptors control the accumbal release of dopamine that is derived from reserpine-sensitive pools of previously stored neurotransmitter. Rats, that were divided in low-responders and high-responders to novelty, were pretreated with 1 mg/kg of reserpine before the alpha-adrenergic-agent phentolamine or the beta-adrenergic-agent isoproterenol was locally applied into the nucleus accumbens. The original finding that phentolamine and isoproterenol increased accumbal dopamine levels in low-responders and high-responders was replicated. Reserpine reduced the phentolamine-induced increase of accumbal dopamine in both types of rat. However, phentolamine could still increase accumbal dopamine levels in reserpine-treated high-responders, but not anymore in reserpine-treated low-responders. Reserpine did not reduce the isoproterenol-induced increase of accumbal dopamine in any type of rat. This study demonstrates that mesolimbic alpha-, but not beta-adrenoceptors control the accumbal release of dopamine that is derived from reserpine-sensitive storage vesicles. In addition, these data confirm our previous finding that dopamine can still be released from storage vesicles of reserpinized high-responders, but not of reserpinized low-responders. The collected data underline our notion that alpha- and beta-adrenergic drugs may have therapeutic effects in patients suffering from diseases in which accumbal dopamine is involved.

  9. Tamsulosin: assessment of affinity of 3H-prazosin bindings to two alpha1-adrenoceptor subtypes (alpha1H and alpha1L) in bovine prostate and rat heart and brain.

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    Maruyama, K; Nakamura, T; Yoshihara, T; Fukutomi, J; Sugiyama, K; Hattorim, K; Ohnuki, T; Watanabe, K; Nagatomo, T

    1998-10-01

    1. The present study was designed to assess the displacement potencies of tamsulosin to 3H-prazosin bindings in two alpha1-adrenoceptor (AR) subtypes (alpha1H and alpha1L) in bovine prostate, rat heart and brain compared with those of amosulalol, labetalol, ketanserin, clonidine and propranolol. 2. The pKi values of tamsulosin to alpha1H and alpha1L subtypes in bovine prostate were 9.13 and 8.99 and these values were almost the same as those of prazosin. On the other hand, low pKi binding values of amosulalol, labetalol, ketanserin, clonidine and propranolol to these subtypes were observed. 3. Low pKi values of tamsulosin to alpha2- and beta-ARs and muscarinic and 5HT2 receptors in the rat brain were observed. 4. These results suggest that tamsulosin has high affinities to alpha1L-AR subtypes in bovine prostate and rat hearts as well as alpha1H-AR subtypes, implying an inhibitory effect of this drug on the contraction of the prostate.

  10. Olfactory Bulb [alpha][subscript 2]-Adrenoceptor Activation Promotes Rat Pup Odor-Preference Learning via a cAMP-Independent Mechanism

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    Shakhawat, Amin MD.; Harley, Carolyn W.; Yuan, Qi

    2012-01-01

    In this study, three lines of evidence suggest a role for [alpha][subscript 2]-adrenoreceptors in rat pup odor-preference learning: olfactory bulb infusions of the [alpha][subscript 2]-antagonist, yohimbine, prevents learning; the [alpha][subscript 2]-agonist, clonidine, paired with odor, induces learning; and subthreshold clonidine paired with…

  11. Olfactory Bulb [alpha][subscript 2]-Adrenoceptor Activation Promotes Rat Pup Odor-Preference Learning via a cAMP-Independent Mechanism

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    Shakhawat, Amin MD.; Harley, Carolyn W.; Yuan, Qi

    2012-01-01

    In this study, three lines of evidence suggest a role for [alpha][subscript 2]-adrenoreceptors in rat pup odor-preference learning: olfactory bulb infusions of the [alpha][subscript 2]-antagonist, yohimbine, prevents learning; the [alpha][subscript 2]-agonist, clonidine, paired with odor, induces learning; and subthreshold clonidine paired with…

  12. TNF alpha antagonist-induced lupus-like syndrome: report and review of the literature with implications for treatment with alternative TNF alpha antagonists.

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    Williams, Victoria L; Cohen, Philip R

    2011-05-01

      In patients with various autoimmune and rheumatic diseases, a drug-induced lupus-like syndrome (DILS) has been reported with the use of adalimumab, cerrolizumab pegol, etanercept, and infliximab.   To review clinical characteristics of patients who develop tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha antagonist-induced lupus-like syndrome (TAILS) and review implications for further TNF alpha antagonist therapy.  We describe a 62-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis who developed a pruritic photo-distributed rash two months after the initiation of etanercept therapy. Her skin biopsy showed lupus erythematosus, and she had positive serum ANA, anti-Sjogren's syndrome A (SSA)/Ro, and anti-Sjogren's syndrome B (SSB)/La antibodies. Her symptoms resolved after discontinuation of the drug, topical and systemic corticosteroids, and hydroxychloroquine sulfate. Subsequently, her rheumatoid arthritis was treated with golimumab for six months without recurrence of skin lesions. Published reports of individuals who have developed TAILS and those who have continued treatment with alternative TNF alpha antagonists are reviewed.   TAILS is most commonly associated with the use of etanercept and infliximab. It occurs most often in women in the fifth decade of life. Onset of symptoms ranges from less than one month to more than four years. Syndrome-associated cutaneous lesions and induction of autoantibodies are common. There is no definitively established mechanism of pathogenesis. Treatment can include discontinuation of the drug, corticosteroids, immunosuppressives, and hydroxychloroquine sulfate. To date, 10 patients with TAILS have continued therapy with an alternative TNF alpha antagonist without recurrence of lupus symptoms. Development of a DILS after one TNF alpha antagonist does not preclude continued treatment with an alternative TNF alpha antagonist. © 2011 The International Society of Dermatology.

  13. Intranasal application of the alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist BHT-920 produces decongestion in the cat.

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    Mcleod, R L; Erickson, C H; Mingo, G G; Hey, J A

    2001-01-01

    The effect of alpha2-selective adrenoreceptor activation on nasal cavity dimension in an experimental model of congestion has not been defined. Presently, we used acoustic rhinometry to evaluate the decongestant activity of BHT-920, a selective alpha2-adrenergic agonist against nasal congestion produced by intranasal compound 48/80. Administration of the mast cell liberator compound 48/80 (1%) into a nasal passageway decreased ipsilateral volume and minimum cross-sectional area by 73 +/- 4% and 42 +/- 6%, respectively. The congestant effect of compound 48/80 was blocked by topical BHT-920 (0.3 and 1%) in a dose related manner. In addition, the decrease in minimum cross-sectional area produced by compound 48/80 was attenuated after topical BHT-920 treatment. As a comparison we also evaluated the topical decongestant activity effects of the alpha1-adrenergic agonist phenylephrine, and the nonselective alpha-agonist oxymetazoline. Both phenylephrine (0.1-1.0%) and oxymetazoline (0.01-0.3%) produced decongestion. The blood pressure effects of these three drugs also were evaluated. At doses of 0.3 and 1.0%, BHT-920 did not produce hypertension. In contrast, oxymetaZoline (0.01-0.1%) produced a transient hypertension that peaked at 15 minutes and fully recovered 45 minutes after administration. The hypertensive effect of phenylephrine at 0.3 and 1.0% lasted over 60 minutes. The present findings indicate that selective alpha2-agonists may produce decongestant activity with an improved cardiovascular profile compared with current sympathomimetic drugs such as phenylephrine.

  14. Oral phentolamine: an alpha-1, alpha-2 adrenergic antagonist for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

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    Goldstein, I

    2000-03-01

    Phentolamine mesylate is an alpha-1 and alpha-2 selective adrenergic receptor antagonist which has undergone clinical trials for erectile dysfunction treatment. Biochemical and physiological studies in human erectile tissue have revealed a high affinity of phentolamine for alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenergic receptors. Based on pharmacokinetic studies, it is suggested that 30-40 min following oral ingestion of 40 or 80 mg of phentolamine (Vasomax), the mean plasma phentolamine concentrations are sufficient to occupy the alpha-1 and -2 adrenergic receptors in erectile tissue and thereby result in inhibition of adrenergic-mediated physiologic activity. In large multi-center, placebo-controlled pivotal phase III clinical trials, the mean change in the erectile function domain of the International Index of Erectile Function scores (Questions 1-5 and 15) from screening to the end of treatment was significantly higher following use of active drug (40 mg and 80 mg) compared to placebo. Three to four times as many patients receiving phentolamine reported being satisfied or very satisfied compared with those receiving placebo. At doses of 40 mg and 80 mg respectively, 55% and 59% of men were able to achieve vaginal penetration with 51% and 53% achieving penetration on 75% of attempts. The correction of erectile dysfunction or improvement to a less severe category of dysfunction was experienced by 53% of men with the 80 mg dose and 40% with the 40 mg dose of phentolamine. All trends of response were the same regardless of any concomitant medication. There were no severe adverse events. At 40 mg, 7.7% experienced rhinitis and fewer than 3.1% experienced any other side effect of treatment. Phentolamine is safe, well tolerated and efficacious for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

  15. Combined antagonism of adrenoceptors and dopamine and 5-HT receptors underlies the atypical profile of clozapine.

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    Prinssen, E P; Ellenbroek, B A; Cools, A R

    1994-09-01

    Previous studies have shown that alpha 1-adrenoceptors, dopamine D1-like and 5-HT2A receptors play an important role in the effects of the atypical neuroleptic, clozapine, on the parameter modelling antipsychotic efficacy in the paw test. Therefore, it became of interest to investigate whether antagonism of all these receptors together would give rise to effects characteristic of clozapine. The effects of the combined administration of the alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist phenoxybenzamine, the dopamine D1 receptor antagonist, SCH 39166 (4-(4-chloro-3-methoxyphenyl)-1,2- dihydronaphthalene), and the 5-HT2A receptor antagonist, ketanserin, were therefore measured in the paw test. The present data show that all three drugs together, but not simply combinations of two out of three, produced a profile similar to that of clozapine: a significant increase in the parameter modelling antipsychotic efficacy and no change in the parameter modelling extrapyramidal side-effects.

  16. Effect of D-004, a lipid extract from the Cuban royal palm fruit, on in vitro and in vivo effects mediated by alpha-adrenoceptors in rats.

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    Arruzazabala, M L; Más, R; Carbajal, D; Molina, V

    2005-01-01

    -004 was more effective in inhibiting NA-induced contractions than Saw palmetto. The contractions induced by NA in preparations with D-004 (500 microg/mL) were weaker (p < 0.05) than in preparations containing Saw palmetto (500 microg/mL). At 125 microg/mL, D-004 inhibited the contractions induced by NA 1 and 32 x 10(-6) mol/L by 70.8% and 28.5%, respectively, and Saw palmetto by 56.2% and 10.7%, respectively. At 500 microg/mL, D-004 inhibited these contractions by 100.0% and 71.3%, and Saw palmetto by 80.0% and 42.7%, respectively. The inhibitory concentrations of 50% (IC50) for NA contractions were 148.34 (D-004) and 188.38 (Saw palmetto) microg/mL. D-004 and Saw palmetto significantly (p < 0.05) and to a similar extent inhibited ACh-induced contractions, but less effectively than contractions induced by NA, since at 125 microg/mL they were ineffective. At a dose of 800 mg/kg, but not at 400 mg/kg, D-004 and Saw palmetto inhibited the pressure-elevating effects induced with low (1 microg/kg) but not with high doses (2 and 4 microg/kg) of NA. D-004 and Saw palmetto extracts inhibited in vitro the contractile responses to NA and ACh in rat vas deferens, and were more effective in inhibiting NA than ACh contractions. The in vivo effects of D-004 and Saw palmetto on the hypertensive response induced by NA were significant but modest. These results are preliminary as the relevance of the effects of D-004 on alpha1-adrenoceptors deserves further investigation, including comparative studies versus specific defined alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists.

  17. Multiple actions of glaucine on cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases, alpha 1-adrenoceptor and benzothiazepine binding site at the calcium channel.

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    Ivorra, M. D.; Lugnier, C.; Schott, C.; Catret, M.; Noguera, M. A.; Anselmi, E.; D'Ocon, P.

    1992-01-01

    1. In the present study, the properties of glaucine (an aporphine structurally related to papaverine) were compared with those of papaverine, diltiazem, nifedipine and prazosin. The work includes functional studies on rat isolated aorta contracted with noradrenaline, caffeine or KCl, and a determination of the affinity of glaucine at calcium channel binding sites of alpha-adrenoceptors, by use of [3H]-(+)-cis-diltiazem, [3H]-nitrendipine and [3H]-prazosin binding to cerebral cortical membranes. The effects of glaucine on the different molecular forms of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDE) isolated from bovine aorta were also determined. 2. Contraction evoked by noradrenaline (1 microM) or depolarizing solution (60 mM KCl) were inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by all the compounds tested. As expected, prazosin showed a greater selectivity of action on NA-induced contraction, whereas nifedipine and diltiazem appeared more potent on KCl-induced contraction. Glaucine had a greater potency on the contraction elicited by noradrenaline whereas papaverine acted non specifically. 3. In Ca(2+)-free solution, prazosin (0.1 microM) and glaucine (0.1 mM) inhibited the contraction evoked by NA; diltiazem (0.1 mM) diminished this contraction whereas nifedipine (1 microM) had no effect. Preincubation of tissues with glaucine, diltiazem, nifedipine and prazosin did not modify the contractile response induced by caffeine. In contrast, papaverine (0.1 mM) significantly inhibited the contractions evoked by NA or caffeine in Ca(2+)-free medium. 4. Glaucine and papaverine show affinity at the [3H]-prazosin binding site and at the benzothiazepine binding site of the Ca(2+)-channel receptor complex, but have no effect at the dihydropyridine binding site in rat cerebral cortex.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:1327380

  18. Ranolazine enhances nicardipine-induced relaxation of alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction on isolated rabbit aorta.

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    Malavaki, Christina; Hatziefthimiou, Apostolia; Daskalopoulou, Stella S; Stefanidis, Ioannis; Karatzaferi, Christina; Aidonidis, Isaac

    2015-04-01

    Ranolazine (RAN) and nicardipine (NIC) have been studied for their vasorelaxing effects but the combination of these agents against adrenergic vasoconstriction has not been tested. The present study aimed at investigating the vasorelaxing effect by the combination of the two agents on alpha1-adrenoceptor-mediated contraction on isolated rabbit aorta. Aortic rings were mounted for isometric tension recording in organ baths containing Krebs-Henseleit solution. Concentration-response curves of RAN (10(-9) to 10(-4) M), NIC (10(-1) to 10(-5) M), and RAN + NIC (3 x 10(-6) M) were obtained in a cumulative manner using phenylephrine (PE, 2 x 10(-6) M) as constrictor agent. The effective concentration (EC)50 values for RAN and NIC were 6.5 x 10(-6) M and 1.4 x 10(-5) M, respectively. The treatment of PE-precontracted aortic rings with either RAN or NIC up to 65 min revealed that both agents displayed a biphasic pattern of initial rising and late sustained phases of relaxation. At 35 min of incubation, RAN and NIC induced relaxation by 23 +/- 3% and 14 +/- 4%, respectively (N = 7, P=NS, RAN vs. NIC); their combination resulted in a 34 +/- 4% relaxation (N=7; P < 0.01, RAN + NIC vs. NIC). At 65 min the effect of NIC prevailed and tended to be closer to the values of the combination treatment (P < 0.01, RAN + NIC vs. RAN). The results indicate that RAN at therapeutic concentrations exerts a significant additive vasorelaxing effect when combined with NIC in rabbit aorta.

  19. Solution structure of alpha-conotoxin PIA, a novel antagonist of alpha6 subunit containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

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    Chi, Seung-Wook; Lee, Si-Hyung; Kim, Do-Hyoung; Kim, Jae-Sung; Olivera, Baldomero M; McIntosh, J Michael; Han, Kyou-Hoon

    2005-12-30

    alpha-Conotoxin PIA is a novel nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) antagonist isolated from Conus purpurascens that targets nAChR subtypes containing alpha6 and alpha3 subunits. alpha-conotoxin PIA displays 75-fold higher affinity for rat alpha6/alpha3beta2beta3 nAChRs than for rat alpha3beta2 nAChRs. We have determined the three-dimensional structure of alpha-conotoxin PIA by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The alpha-conotoxin PIA has an "omega-shaped" overall topology as other alpha4/7 subfamily conotoxins. Yet, unlike other neuronally targeted alpha4/7-conotoxins, its N-terminal tail Arg1-Asp2-Pro3 protrudes out of its main molecular body because Asp2-Pro3-Cys4-Cys5 forms a stable type I beta-turn. In addition, a kink introduced by Pro15 in the second loop of this toxin provides a distinct steric and electrostatic environment from those in alpha-conotoxins MII and GIC. By comparing the structure of alpha-conotoxin PIA with other functionally related alpha-conotoxins we suggest structural features in alpha-conotoxin PIA that may be associated with its unique receptor recognition profile.

  20. Solution structure of {alpha}-conotoxin PIA, a novel antagonist of {alpha}6 subunit containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors

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    Chi, Seung-Wook; Lee, Si-Hyung; Kim, Do-Hyoung; Kim, Jae-Sung; Olivera, Baldomero M.; McIntosh, J. Michael; Han, Kyou-Hoon . E-mail: khhan600@kribb.re.kr

    2005-12-30

    {alpha}-Conotoxin PIA is a novel nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) antagonist isolated from Conus purpurascens that targets nAChR subtypes containing {alpha}6 and {alpha}3 subunits. {alpha}-conotoxin PIA displays 75-fold higher affinity for rat {alpha}6/{alpha}3{beta}2{beta}3 nAChRs than for rat {alpha}3{beta}2 nAChRs. We have determined the three-dimensional structure of {alpha}-conotoxin PIA by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The {alpha}-conotoxin PIA has an '{omega}-shaped' overall topology as other {alpha}4/7 subfamily conotoxins. Yet, unlike other neuronally targeted {alpha}4/7-conotoxins, its N-terminal tail Arg{sup 1}-Asp{sup 2}-Pro{sup 3} protrudes out of its main molecular body because Asp{sup 2}-Pro{sup 3}-Cys{sup 4}-Cys{sup 5} forms a stable type I {beta}-turn. In addition, a kink introduced by Pro{sup 15} in the second loop of this toxin provides a distinct steric and electrostatic environment from those in {alpha}-conotoxins MII and GIC. By comparing the structure of {alpha}-conotoxin PIA with other functionally related {alpha}-conotoxins we suggest structural features in {alpha}-conotoxin PIA that may be associated with its unique receptor recognition profile.

  1. Alpha-conotoxin GIC from Conus geographus, a novel peptide antagonist of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

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    McIntosh, J Michael; Dowell, Cheryl; Watkins, Maren; Garrett, James E; Yoshikami, Doju; Olivera, Baldomero M

    2002-09-13

    Many venomous organisms produce toxins that disrupt neuromuscular communication to paralyze their prey. One common class of such toxins comprises nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonists (nAChRs). Thus, most toxins that act on nAChRs are targeted to the neuromuscular subtype. The toxin characterized in this report, alpha-conotoxin GIC, is a most striking exception. The 16-amino acid peptide was identified from a genomic DNA clone from Conus geographus. The predicted mature toxin was synthesized, and synthetic toxin was used in all studies described. alpha-Conotoxin GIC shows no paralytic activity in fish or mice. Furthermore, even at concentrations up to 100 microm, the peptide has no detectable effect on the human muscle nicotinic receptor subtype heterologously expressed in Xenopus oocytes. In contrast, the toxin has high affinity (IC(50) approximately 1.1 nm) for the human alpha3beta2 subunit combination, making it the most neuronally selective nicotinic antagonist characterized thus far. Although alpha-conotoxin GIC shares some sequence similarity with alpha-conotoxin MII, which is also a potent alpha3beta2 nicotinic antagonist, it is much less hydrophobic, and the kinetics of channel block are substantially different. It is noteworthy that the nicotinic ligands in C. geographus venom fit an emerging pattern in venomous predators, with one nicotinic antagonist targeted to the muscle subtype (thereby causing paralysis) and a second nicotinic antagonist targeted to the alpha3beta2 nAChR subtype (possibly inhibiting the fight-or-flight response).

  2. Irreversible binding of a carbostyril-based agonist and antagonist to the β-adrenoceptor in DDT1 MF-2 cells and rat aorta

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    Deyrup, Malgorzata D; Greco, Phillip G; Otero, Deborah H; Dennis, Donn M; Gelband, Craig H; Baker, Stephen P

    1998-01-01

    The chemoreactive ligands 5(2-(((1′-(4′-isothiocyanatophenylamino)thiocarbonyl)-amino)-2-methyl-propyl)amino-2-hydroxypropoxy)-3,4-dihydrocarbostyril (DCITC) and 8-hydroxy-5(2-(((1′-(4′-isothiocya-natophenylamino)thiocarbonyl)amino)-2-methylprop-2-yl)amino-1-hydroxyethyl)-carbostyril (HCITC)were synthesized and shown to be potent irreversible antagonist and agonist ligands, respectively, for the β-adrenoceptor in DDT1 MF-2 (DDT) cells and the rat isolated aorta.In DDT cell membranes DCITC and HCITC inhibited (−)[125I]-iodocyanopindolol (CYP) binding to the β-adrenoceptor with IC50 values of 1.1 and 18 nM, respectively. (−)-Isoprenaline inhibited [125I]-CYP binding with an IC50 of 355 nM. Pretreatment of membranes with either chemoreactive ligand produced a time- and concentration-dependent decrease in the β-adrenoceptor content, indicating irreversible receptor binding. DCITC at concentrations up to 10 μM did not stimulate cyclic AMP accumulation in DDT cells nor did it amplify forskolin-stimulated cyclic AMP accumulation.In the rat isolated aorta, DCITC (0.1 μM) did not affect either the phenylephrine-mediated tissue contraction or the acetylcholine-mediated relaxation. DCITC attenuated the maximal (−)-isoprenaline-mediated relaxation of a phenylephrine contracted aorta in a concentration-dependent manner and shifted the dose-response curves for (−)-isoprenaline to the right. The DCITC-induced decrease in maximal response was not reversed by extensive tissue washing. By use of the operational model of agonism, the calculated dissociation constant for (−)-isoprenaline ws 286 nM and the estimated receptor reserve for this agonist was 23% at the maximal response.HCITC and (−)-isoprenaline stimulated cyclic AMP accumulation in DDT cells with pD2 values (negative logarithm to base 10 of EC50) of 7.95 and 7.97, respectively, and both mediated the same maximal stimulation. In the rat isolated aorta, HCITC produced a concentration

  3. Interactions of full and partial agonists with HT29 cell alpha 2-adrenoceptor: comparative study of (/sup 3/H)UK-14,304 and (/sup 3/H)clonidine binding

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    Paris, H.; Galitzky, J.; Senard, J.M.

    1989-03-01

    The HT29 cell line expresses alpha 2-adrenoceptors that are negatively coupled to the adenylate cyclase system and is, in this respect, a valuable model for in vitro study of alpha 2-adrenergic receptivity in a tissue from human origin. In these cancerous cells, UK-14,304 is a full agonist of the alpha 2-adrenergic-mediated inhibition of the vasoactive intestinal peptide-induced cyclic AMP accumulation, whereas clonidine acts only as a partial agonist. In the present report, we used (3H)UK-14,304 as radioligand and compared its binding characteristics with those of (3H)clonidine in order to better understand the difference between full and partial agonism on the basis of agonist/receptor interactions. (3H)UK-14,304 labeled with high affinity (KD = 0.39 +/- 0.05 nM) a single class of sites having the pharmacological specificity of an alpha 2-adrenoceptor. Comparison of (3H)UK-14,304, (3H)clonidine, and (3H)yohimbine Bmax proved that both 3H-agonists labeled the same number of sites (172 +/- 14 versus 179 +/- 21 fmol/mg of protein), whereas the 3H-antagonist recognized more sites (246 +/- 22 fmol/mg of protein). Inhibition of (3H)yohimbine by the two agonists was consistent with the existence of an heterogeneous population of receptors and analysis of the data according a two-site inhibition model showed (1) that the KiL/KiH ratio was higher for UK-14,304 than for clonidine and (2) that the percentages of high affinity state receptor recognized by both agonists were identical (56 +/- 4% with UK-14,304 and 59 +/- 5% with clonidine). Kinetics of (3H)UK-14,304 and (3H)clonidine binding indicated more complex agonist-receptor interactions than equilibrium data did. Association as well as dissociation of both radioligands appeared to be biphasic, suggesting a relative heterogeneity of 3H-agonist binding sites.

  4. The antidepressant drugs fluoxetine and duloxetine produce anxiolytic-like effects in a schedule-induced polydipsia paradigm in rats: enhancement of fluoxetine's effects by the α2 adrenoceptor antagonist yohimbine.

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    Prus, Adam J; Mooney-Leber, Sean M; Berquist, Michael D; Pehrson, Alan L; Porter, Nicholas P; Porter, Joseph H

    2015-08-01

    Similar to the time-course for treating depression, several weeks of administration are required for serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitors to produce anxiolytic effects. Previous studies with the schedule-induced polydipsia paradigm (a putative preclinical anxiety model) have shown that repeated administration of antidepressant drugs is necessary to produce a suppression of polydipsia, which is interpreted as an anxiolytic-like effect. The present study sought to expand past findings by evaluating the selective 5-HT reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine and the 5-HT-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor duloxetine in the schedule-induced polydipsia paradigm with rats. Dose combinations of the α2 adrenoceptor antagonist yohimbine with fluoxetine were also explored to determine whether α2 adrenoceptor antagonism could enhance the anxiolytic-like effects produced by an SSRI. Fluoxetine and duloxetine significantly reduced water intake over the course of daily administrations. Daily treatment with the combination of fluoxetine and yohimbine produced a significantly greater reduction in water intake than fluoxetine alone. The present results confirmed previous findings that inhibition of 5-HT reuptake reduces water consumption in this paradigm. The results for the α2 antagonist yohimbine (in combination with fluoxetine) also indicate that α2 adrenoceptor antagonism may significantly enhance anxiolytic-like effects of SSRIs.

  5. Variable selection and specification of robust QSAR models from multicollinear data: arylpiperazinyl derivatives with affinity and selectivity for alpha2-adrenoceptors.

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    Salt, D W; Maccari, L; Botta, M; Ford, M G

    2004-01-01

    Two QSAR models have been identified that predict the affinity and selectivity of arylpiperazinyl derivatives for alpha1 and alpha2 adrenoceptors (ARs). The models have been specified and validated using 108 compounds whose structures and inhibition constants (Ki) are available in the literature [Barbaro et al., J. Med. Chem., 44 (2001) 2118; Betti et al., J. Med. Chem., 45 (2002) 3603; Barbaro et al., Bioorg. Med. Chem., 10 (2002) 361; Betti et al., J. Med. Chem., 46 (2003) 3555]. One hundred and forty-seven predictors have been calculated using the Cerius 2 software available from Accelrys. This set of variables exhibited redundancy and severe multicollinearity, which had to be identified and removed as appropriate in order to obtain robust regression models free of inflated errors for the beta estimates - so-called bouncing betas. Those predictors that contained information relevant to the alpha2 response were identified on the basis of their pairwise linear correlations with affinity (-log Ki) for alpha2 adrenoceptors; the remaining variables were discarded. Subsequent variable selection made use of Factor Analysis (FA) and Unsupervised Variable Selection (UzFS). The data was divided into test and training sets using cluster analysis. These two sets were characterised by similar and consistent distributions of compounds in a high dimensional, but relevant predictor space. Multiple regression was then used to determine a subset of predictors from which to determine QSAR models for affinity to alpha2-ARs. Two multivariate procedures, Continuum Regression (the Portsmouth formulation) and Canonical Correlation Analysis (CCA), have been used to specify models for affinity and selectivity, respectively. Reasonable predictions were obtained using these in silico screening tools.

  6. Cooling augments vasoconstriction mediated by 5-HT1 and alpha2-adrenoceptors in the isolated equine digital vein: involvement of Rho kinase.

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    Zerpa, Hector; Berhane, Yoel; Elliott, Jonathan; Bailey, Simon R

    2007-08-27

    The vasculature of the equine digit fulfils an important role in thermoregulation. In other species, it has been found that cooling may enhance the response of cutaneous vessels to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonists. Translocation of alpha(2)-adrenoceptors to the smooth muscle cell membrane, mediated by Rho kinase, is thought to be involved in the cooling-enhanced response in mouse tail arteries. However, little is known about the effect of cooling on 5-HT receptor function. The present investigation compared the response of 5-bromo-6-(2-imidazolin-2-ylamino) quinoxaline (UK14304:1 nM to 30 microM), methoxamine (0.1 nM to 30 microM; in the presence of yohimbine 0.1 microM), 5-carboxamidotryptamine (5-CT; 0.1 nM to 10 microM) and alpha-methyl 5-HT (0.1 nM to 10 microM) in the isolated equine digital vein at 30 degrees C and 22 degrees C. The effect of the Rho kinase inhibitor, fasudil (1 microM), and the recovery of the response after the irreversible blockade of surface receptors with phenoxybenzamine (10 microM) or 2-ethoxy-1-ethoxycarbonyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline (EEDQ;10 microM), was established. Moderate cooling significantly increased the maximum response to alpha-methyl 5-HT, 5-CT and UK14304 and shifted their response curves to the left. Cooling also augmented the phenoxybenzamine- and EEDQ-resistant response to UK14304 and 5-CT, respectively. Fasudil had no effect on the contractile response at 30 degrees C, but completely abrogated the effect of cooling on the response to 5-CT and UK14304. The response to methoxamine was not significantly affected by cooling. These results suggest that Rho kinase plays an important role in the cooling-enhanced response mediated by 5-HT(1B/D) receptors and alpha(2)-adrenoceptors. The exact mechanism by which Rho/Rho kinase enhances the functional responses mediated by these receptors in these vessels has yet to be determined.

  7. Alpha2-adrenoreceptors profile modulation. 4. From antagonist to agonist behavior.

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    Gentili, Francesco; Cardinaletti, Claudia; Vesprini, Cristian; Carrieri, Antonio; Ghelfi, Francesca; Farande, Aniket; Giannella, Mario; Piergentili, Alessandro; Quaglia, Wilma; Laurila, Jonne M; Huhtinen, Anna; Scheinin, Mika; Pigini, Maria

    2008-07-24

    The goal of the present study was to modulate the receptor interaction properties of known alpha 2-adrenoreceptor (AR) antagonists to obtain novel alpha 2-AR agonists with desirable subtype selectivity. Therefore, a phenyl group or one of its bioisosteres or aliphatic moieties with similar steric hindrance were introduced into the aromatic ring of the antagonist lead basic structure. The functional properties of the novel compounds allowed our previous observations to be confirmed. The high efficacy of 7, 12, and 13 as alpha 2-AR agonists and the significant alpha 2C-AR subtype selective activation displayed by 11 and 15 demonstrated that favorable interactions to induce alpha 2-AR activation were formed between the pendant groups of the ligands and the aromatic cluster present in transmembrane domain 6 of the binding site cavity of the receptors.

  8. Adrenoceptors in renal medullary collecting duct (RMCD) cells

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    Clarke, D.; Garg, L.C. )

    1990-02-26

    Recently, the authors have reported that specific, saturable and high affinity alpha{sub 1} adrenoceptors, linked to phosphoinositide messenger system, are present in the RMCD cells. In order to determine if alpha{sub 2} adrenoceptors are also present in RMCD cells, the authors measured the specific binding of ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine, an d{sub 2} adrenergic antagonist, to RMCD cells isolated from the inner medulla of the rabbit kidney. Binding of ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine to the homogenates of RMCD cells was measured in the absence (total binding) and the presence (non-specific binding) of 100 {mu}M phentolamine. The specific binding (the difference between total and non-specific binding) was measured at various concentrations of ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine. The interpolated values (fmol/mg protein) are from a curve generated using the EBDA program to analyze data from 3 animals. The apparent K{sub d} and B{sub max} of({sup 3}H)rauwolscine was 3.56 nM and 29 fmol/mg, respectively. Yohimbine inhibited binding of ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine with an IC{sub 50} of 5 {times} 10{sup {minus}9} M. Prazosin which was much less effective in displacing ({sup 3}H) rauwolscine, had a IC{sub 50} of 10{sup {minus}5} M. The authors conclude that in addition to alpha{sub 1} adrenoceptors, the specific, saturable and high affinity alpha{sub 2} adrenoceptors are also present on RMCD cells.

  9. A2A adenosine-receptor-mediated facilitation of noradrenaline release in rat tail artery involves protein kinase C activation and betagamma subunits formed after alpha2-adrenoceptor activation.

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    Fresco, Paula; Oliveira, Jorge M A; Kunc, Filip; Soares, Ana Sofia; Rocha-Pereira, Carolina; Gonçalves, Jorge; Diniz, Carmen

    2007-07-01

    This work aimed to investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in the interaction of alpha2-adrenoceptors and adenosine A2A-receptor-mediated facilitation of noradrenaline release in rat tail artery, namely the type of G-protein involved in this effect and the step or steps where the signalling cascades triggered by alpha2-adrenoceptors and A2A-receptors interact. The selective adenosine A2A-receptor agonist 2-p-(2-carboxy ethyl) phenethylamino-5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine (CGS 21680; 100 nM) enhanced tritium overflow evoked by trains of 100 pulses at 5 Hz. This effect was abolished by the selective adenosine A2A-receptor antagonist 5-amino-7-(2-phenyl ethyl)-2-(2-furyl)-pyrazolo-[4,3-e]-1,2,4-triazolo [1,5-c]pyrimidine (SCH 58261; 20 nM) and by yohimbine (1 microM). CGS 21680-mediated effects were also abolished by drugs that disrupted G(i/o)-protein coupling with receptors, PTX (2 microg/ml) or NEM (40 microM), by the anti-G(salpha) peptide (2 microg/ml) anti-G(betagamma) peptide (10 microg/ml) indicating coupling of A2A-receptors to G(salpha) and suggesting a crucial role for G(betagamma) subunits in the A(2A)-receptor-mediated enhancement of tritium overflow. Furthermore, phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA; 1 microM) or forskolin (1 microM), direct activators of protein kinase C and of adenylyl cyclase, respectively, also enhanced tritium overflow. In addition, PMA-mediated effects were not observed in the presence of either yohimbine or PTX. Results indicate that facilitatory adenosine A2A-receptors couple to G(salpha) subunits which is essential, but not sufficient, for the release facilitation to occur, requiring the involvement of G(i/o)-protein coupling (it disappears after disruption of G(i/o)-protein coupling, PTX or NEM) and/or G(betagamma) subunits (anti-G(betagamma)). We propose a mechanism for the interaction in study suggesting group 2 AC isoforms as a plausible candidate for the interaction site, as these isoforms can integrate inputs from G

  10. Regulation of renal artery smooth muscle tone by alpha1-adrenoceptors: role of voltage-gated calcium channels and intracellular calcium stores.

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    Eckert, R E; Karsten, A J; Utz, J; Ziegler, M

    2000-04-01

    The ischemia induced vasospasm of the renal arterial blood vessels mediated by alpha1-adrenoceptors is of importance for the loss of kidney function. This is based on reduced perfusion of the kidney cortex occurring in kidney transplant and organ preserving surgery. The present study considered the intracellular mechanism of the norepinephrine (NE) induced renal artery vasospasm by using swine renal artery smooth muscle ring. Norepinephrine and phenylephrine (PE) induced dose-dependent and fully reversible isometric contractions with a threshold concentration of 10 nM (n = 7) and 10 nM (n = 4), and an EC50 of 0.3 microM and 1 microM, respectively. The receptor was identified as alpha1A-subtype. The contraction was completely inhibited by verapamil (IC50 = 1.51 microM; n = 11) and diltiazem (IC50 = 9.49 microM; n = 8) and 85% by nifedipine (IC50 = 0.13 microM; n = 21). Blockade of the intracellular inositol- 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3)-sensitive Ca2+ store by thapsigargin (1 microM, n = 7) or suppression of Ca2+ release from the intracellular Ca2+-sensitive Ca2+ store by ryanodine (100 microM, n = 4) inhibited the PE induced contraction by 39.5% and 47.6%, respectively. The results suggest a key role of voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels and intracellular Ca2+ stores in the alpha1A-adrenoceptor induced contraction of the renal artery.

  11. alpha. -Adrenergic vasoconstriction and receptor subtypes in large coronary arteries of calves

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    Young, M.A.; Vatner, D.E.; Knight, D.R.; Graham, R.M.; Homcy, C.J.; Vatner, S.F. New England Regional Primate Research Center, Southborough, MA )

    1988-12-01

    The authors investigated {alpha}-adrenoceptor subtype distribution in large coronary arteries from both functional and biochemical perspectives. The effects of intracoronary administration of the selective {alpha}{sub 1}-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine, of the selective {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptor agonist B-HT 920 and of the mixed {alpha}{sub 1+2}-adrenoceptor agonist norepinephrine were examined on measurements of left circumflex coronary artery diameter in conscious calves. After {beta}-adrenergic blockade, equivalent reductions in large coronary artery diameter were observed with phenylephrine, B-HT, and norepinephrine. Phenylephrine-induced constrictions were abolished by prazosin, an {alpha}{sub 1}-selective antagonist, but unaffected by rauwolscine, an {alpha}{sub 2}-selective antagonist. Conversely, the B-HT-induced constriction was abolished by rauwolscine but unaffected by prazosin. Coronary constriction with norepinephrine was attenuated with either prazosin or rauwolscine and abolished by the two antagonists combined. Ligand-binding studies in which ({sup 3}H)prazosin and ({sup 3}H)rauwolscine and sarcolemmal membranes were used revealed an {alpha}{sub 1}-adrenoceptor density of 15 {plus minus} 3.1 fmol/mg protein with a dissociation constant (K{sub D}) of 0.7 {plus minus} 0.2 nM and an {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptor density of 68 {plus minus} 5.1 fmol/mg protein, with a K{sub D} of 7.4 {plus minus} 1.2 nM. Thus large coronary arteries of the calf contain both {alpha}{sub 1}- and {alpha}{sub 2}-adrenoceptor subtypes, each of which elicits constriction of the large coronary artery in the conscious animal.

  12. Alpha-1 adrenergic antagonists in aircrew for the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy.

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    Matthies, Andrew K; Tachikawa, Nina J

    2013-01-01

    Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) affects the majority of men later in life. Other than surgery, finasteride (Proscar) is currently the only pharmacologic option available for U.S. Air Force (USAF) aircrew. This article will evaluate the current literature regarding the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy with FDA approved tamsulosin (Flomax) and alfuzosin (Uroxatrol), third-generation alpha-1 adrenergic antagonists. Current literature supports the fact that some third-generation alpha blockers limit the side effects of hypotension when compared to other alpha blockers as a result of the specificity of subtype binding of the receptors and the sustained release formulation. Alpha blockers are currently used almost universally for the treatment of BPH; however, they are currently not approved for USAF aircrew. This article will review the aeromedical implications of the side effects of alpha-1 adrenergic antagonists (alfuzosin, tamsulosin), which affect aircrew while performing aeronautical duties, and examine whether alpha-1 adrenergic antagonists should be acceptable medications in certain situations depending on airframe and aeronautical duties.

  13. The role of sodium pump activity in the hyperpolarization and in subsequent depolarization of smooth muscle in response to stimulation of post-synaptic alpha 1-adrenoceptors.

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    Török, T L; Vizi, E S

    1980-01-01

    The electrical and mechanical activities of guinea pig taenia coli smooth muscle were measured by a "sucrose gap" technique. Under the same experimental conditions the ionic content of smooth muscle was also measured. The mean value of the resting potential was 56.9 +/- 1.1 mV (S.E.M.; n = 46). In normal Krebs solution immediately after dissection intracellular sodium amounted to 30.1, and intracellular calcium to 1.5 mmole x kg-1 wet weight. In response to adrenaline administration there was a Ca-dependent hyperpolarization (peak, 6.8 +/- 0.3 mV S.E.M.; n = 5) and an increased Na efflux with a rate constant (k) of 0.16 min-1 (60'). Removal of adrenaline was followed by so-called "postadrenaline depolarization" i.e. the decrease of the membrane potential was greater than the initial rise, an effect enhanced by ouabain (2 X 10(-5) M). Clonidine (5.3 X 10(-6) M), a selective presynaptic-adrenoceptor (alpha 2-receptor) stimulant failed to produce hyperpolarization, however, phenylephrine (5 X 10(-5) M) a pure postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor (alpha 1-receptor) stimulant produced a similar effect as adrenaline. In addition, yohimbine (1.4 X 10(-6) M), a typical presynaptic alpha-adrenoceptor inhibitor failed to affect the action of adrenaline or phenylephrine. These facts indicate that the alpha 1-adrenoceptors present on the smooth muscle are different from those situated presynaptically on the cholinergic nerve terminals modulating the release of acetylcholine. The effect of ouabain to lower membrane potential proved to be Ca2+-dependent. The intracellular sodium content was enhanced by ouabain from 30.1 to 90.9 +/- 4.7 mmole x kg-1 wet weight (60'). On washing out ouabain, hyperpolarization "post-ouabain hyperpolarization" was detected, i.e. the rise of membrane potential was greater than the initial fall. It is suggested that the sodium pump plays a significant role in the post-ouabain hyperpolarization. Direct calculation of sodium movements suggests that the

  14. Synergistic alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenergic stimulation of rat proximal nephron Na+/H+ exchange

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    Gesek, F.A.; Cragoe, E.J. Jr.; Strandhoy, J.W.

    1989-06-01

    Both alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptors have been localized to the renal cortex, with the majority of binding sites on the proximal tubule. Because the major regulator of Na+ uptake into the proximal tubule is the Na+/H+ exchanger, and because alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptors stimulate it in other tissues, we tested the hypothesis that both alpha adrenoceptor subtypes can increase Na+ uptake into the proximal nephron by stimulating the Na+/H+ antiporter. Enhancement of Na+ transport by agonists was studied in isolated rat proximal tubules by determining the uptake of 22Na that was suppressible by the Na+/H+ inhibitor, 5-(N-ethyl-N-isopropyl)amiloride (EIPA). The phorbol ester, phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate, (0.1 microM), directly stimulated the antiporter through protein kinase C and increased EIPA-suppressible 22Na uptake 250% above control. The alpha-1 adrenoceptor agonists, cirazoline and phenylephrine, in addition to the mixed agonist, norepinephrine, maximally stimulated uptake by 226 to 232% at 1 microM concentrations. alpha-2 agonists produced a range of maximal stimulations at 1 microM from 65% with guanabenz to 251% with B-HT 933. Increases in 22Na uptake by agonists were inhibited by selective adrenergic antagonists and by EIPA. The drugs did not change the EIPA-resistant component of 22Na uptake. Inasmuch as the adrenoceptor subtypes likely stimulated Na+/H+ exchange by differing intracellular pathways impinging upon common transport steps, we examined whether simultaneous stimulation of both pathways was additive. Submaximal concentrations (5 nM each) of alpha-1 and alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonists in combination synergistically enhanced 22Na uptake to a level similar to 1 microM concentrations of adrenoceptor agonists alone or in combination.

  15. The cytotoxicity of the α1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin is linked to an endocytotic mechanism equivalent to transport-P.

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    Fuchs, Robert; Stracke, Anika; Ebner, Nadine; Zeller, Christian Wolfgang; Raninger, Anna Maria; Schittmayer, Matthias; Kueznik, Tatjana; Absenger-Novak, Markus; Birner-Gruenberger, Ruth

    2015-12-02

    Since the α1-adrenergic antagonist prazosin (PRZ) was introduced into medicine as a treatment for hypertension and benign prostate hyperplasia, several studies have shown that PRZ induces apoptosis in various cell types and interferes with endocytotic trafficking. Because PRZ is also able to induce apoptosis in malignant cells, its cytotoxicity is a focus of interest in cancer research. Besides inducing apoptosis, PRZ was shown to serve as a substrate for an amine uptake mechanism originally discovered in neurones called transport-P. In line with our hypothesis that transport-P is an endocytotic mechanism also present in non-neuronal tissue and linked to the cytotoxicity of PRZ, we tested the uptake of QAPB, a fluorescent derivative of PRZ, in cancer cell lines in the presence of inhibitors of transport-P and endocytosis. Early endosomes and lysosomes were visualised by expression of RAB5-RFP and LAMP1-RFP, respectively; growth and viability of cells in the presence of PRZ and uptake inhibitors were also tested. Cancer cells showed co-localisation of QAPB with RAB5 and LAMP1 positive vesicles as well as tubulation of lysosomes. The uptake of QAPB was sensitive to transport-P inhibitors bafilomycin A1 (inhibits v-ATPase) and the antidepressant desipramine. Endocytosis inhibitors pitstop(®) 2 (general inhibitor of endocytosis), dynasore (dynamin inhibitor) and methyl-β-cyclodextrin (cholesterol chelator) inhibited the uptake of QAPB. Bafilomycin A1 and methyl-β-cyclodextrin but not desipramine were able to preserve growth and viability of cells in the presence of PRZ. In summary, we confirmed the hypothesis that the cellular uptake of QAPB/PRZ represents an endocytotic mechanism equivalent to transport-P. Endocytosis of QAPB/PRZ depends on a proton gradient, dynamin and cholesterol, and results in reorganisation of the LAMP1 positive endolysosomal system. Finally, the link seen between the cellular uptake of PRZ and cell death implies a still unknown pro

  16. The influence of the time course of inflammation and spinalization on the antinociceptive activity of the alpha2-adrenoceptor agonist medetomidine.

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    Molina, Carlos; Herrero, Juan F

    2006-02-17

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the influence of the time course of inflammation and the implication of spinal and supraspinal sites on the antihyperalgesic effects of the alpha(2)-adrenoceptor agonist medetomidine. Behavioral experiments showed a more intense antihyperalgesia in the phase of maintenance of inflammation than in the early or resolution stages. Maximum effect, without sedation, was observed with a dose of 40 microg/kg (66+/-12% and 76+/-15% reduction of mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia). No change was observed in the paw swelling, indicating that its effects were not secondary to a reduction of inflammation. In electrophysiological experiments, the effect was more pronounced in animals with an intact spinal cord than in spinalized animals (max. effects of 2+/-0.7% vs. 48+/-11% of control, noxious mechanical stimulation). We conclude that the antihyperalgesic effect of medetomidine depends on the time course of inflammation and that it is mainly located supraspinally.

  17. The alpha-2A adrenoceptor agonist guanfacine improves sustained attention and reduces overactivity and impulsiveness in an animal model of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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    Sagvolden, Terje

    2006-01-01

    Background ADHD is currently defined as a cognitive/behavioral developmental disorder where all clinical criteria are behavioral. Overactivity, impulsiveness, and inattentiveness are presently regarded as the main clinical symptoms. There is no biological marker, but there is considerable evidence to suggest that ADHD behavior is associated with poor dopaminergic and noradrenergic modulation of neuronal circuits that involve the frontal lobes. The best validated animal model of ADHD, the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat (SHR), shows pronounced overactivity, impulsiveness, and deficient sustained attention. While dopamine release is decreased in SHR prefrontal cortex, norepinephrine concentrations are elevated. The noradrenergic system appears to be hyperactive as a result of impaired alpha-2A adrenoceptor regulation. Thus, the present study tested behavioral effects of the centrally acting alpha-2A adrenoceptor agonist guanfacine on SHR behavior. Methods The present study tested behavioral effects of guanfacine at doses of 0.075, 0.15, 0.30 and 0.60 mg base/kg i.p. in both male SHRs and their controls, the Wistar Kyoto rat (WKY). ADHD-like behavior was tested with a visual discrimination task measuring overactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness. Results The striking impulsiveness, overactivity, and reduced sustained attention during baseline conditions in the SHR improved by treatment with guanfacine. The most pronounced improvement in SHR behavior was seen following the two highest doses (0.3 and 0.6 mg/kg) of guanfacine when SHR behaviors virtually normalized. The positive effects of the drug were most marked towards the end of the session. Conclusion The results indicate that guanfacine improved poor noradrenergic modulation of neuronal circuits that involve the frontal lobes in an animal model of ADHD. The present results support the beneficial effects of guanfacine on ADHD behavior reported clinically and experimentally in primate models of frontal function

  18. The α2C-adrenoceptor antagonist, ORM-10921, has antipsychotic-like effects in social isolation reared rats and bolsters the response to haloperidol.

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    Uys, Madeleine; Shahid, Mohammed; Sallinen, Jukka; Dreyer, Walter; Cockeran, Marike; Harvey, Brian H

    2016-11-03

    Early studies suggest that selective α2C-adrenoceptor (AR)-antagonism has anti-psychotic-like and pro-cognitive properties. However, this has not been demonstrated in an animal model of schizophrenia with a neurodevelopmental construct. The beneficial effects of clozapine in refractory schizophrenia and associated cognitive deficits have, among others, been associated with its α2C-AR modulating activity. Altered brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been linked to schizophrenia and cognitive deficits. We investigated whether the α2C-AR antagonist, ORM-10921, could modulate sensorimotor gating and cognitive deficits, as well as alter striatal BDNF levels in the social isolation reared (SIR) model of schizophrenia, comparing its effects to clozapine and the typical antipsychotic, haloperidol, the latter being devoid of α2C-AR-activity. Moreover, the ability of ORM-10921 to augment the effects of haloperidol on the above parameters was also investigated. Animals received subcutaneous injection of either ORM-10921 (0.01mg/kg), clozapine (5mg/kg), haloperidol (0.2mg/kg), haloperidol (0.2mg/kg)+ORM-10921 (0.01mg/kg) or vehicle once daily for 14days, followed by assessment of novel object recognition (NOR), prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle response and striatal BDNF levels. SIR significantly attenuated NOR memory as well as PPI, and reduced striatal BDNF levels vs. social controls. Clozapine, ORM-10921 and haloperidol+ORM-10921, but not haloperidol alone, significantly improved SIR-associated deficits in PPI and NOR, with ORM-10921 also significantly improving PPI deficits vs. haloperidol-treated SIR animals. Haloperidol+ORM-10921 significantly reversed reduced striatal BDNF levels in SIR rats. α2C-AR-antagonism improves deficits in cognition and sensorimotor gating in a neurodevelopmental animal model of schizophrenia and bolsters the effects of a typical antipsychotic, supporting a therapeutic role for α2C-AR-antagonism in schizophrenia. Copyright

  19. [Additional administration of dutasteride in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia who did not respond sufficiently to α1-adrenoceptor antagonist : investigation of clinical factors affecting the therapeutic effect of dutasteride].

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    Masuda, Mitsunobu; Murai, Tetsuo; Osada, Yutaka; Kawai, Masaki; Kasuga, Jun; Yokomizo, Yumiko; Kuroda, Shinnosuke; Nakamura, Mami; Noguchi, Go

    2014-02-01

    We performed additional administration of dutasteride in patients who did not respond sufficiently to α1-adrenoceptor antagonist treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) (LUTS/BPH). Among 76 registered patients, efficacy was analyzed in 58 patients. International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), subscores for voiding and storage symptoms and quality of life (QOL) on the IPSS, and Overactive Bladder Symptom Score (OABSS) were all significantly improved from the third month of administration compared to the time of initiating additional administration of dutasteride. Additional administration of dutasteride also significantly reduced prostate volume, and residual urine with the exception of the sixth month after administration. Age at initiation of administration and voiding symptom subscore on the IPSS were clinical factors affecting the therapeutic effects of dutasteride. The rate of improvement with treatment decreased with increasing age at initiation of dutasteride administration, and increased as voiding symptom subscore on the IPSS increased. Therefore, additional administration of dutasteride appears useful for cases of LUTS/BPH in which a sufficient response is not achieved with α1-adrenoceptor antagonist treatment. Because patients who have severe voiding symptoms or begin dutasteride at an early age may be expected to respond particularly well to dutasteride in terms of clinical efficacy, they were considered to be suitable targets for additional administration.

  20. Characterization and autoradiographical localization of non-adrenoceptor idazoxan binding sites in the rat brain.

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    Mallard, N. J.; Hudson, A. L.; Nutt, D. J.

    1992-01-01

    1. In rat whole brain homogenates, saturation analysis revealed that both [3H]-idazoxan and [3H]-RX821002, a selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor ligand, bound with high affinity to an apparent single population of sites. However, the Bmax for [3H]-idazoxan was significantly (P less than 0.01) greater than that for [3H]-RX821002. 2. In competition studies, (-)-adrenaline displaced 3 nM [3H]-idazoxan binding with an affinity consistent with [3H]-idazoxan labelling alpha 2-adrenoceptors. However, this displacement was incomplete since 23.68 +/- 1.11% of specific [3H]-idazoxan binding remained in the presence of an excess concentration (100 microM) of (-)-adrenaline. In contrast, unlabelled idazoxan promoted a complete displacement of [3H]-idazoxan binding with a Hill slope close to unity and an affinity comparable with its KD determined in saturation studies. 3. Displacement of [3H]-idazoxan binding by the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonists yohimbine, RX821002 (2-(2-methoxy-1,4-benzodioxan-2-yl)-2-imidazoline) and RX811059 (2-(2-ethoxy-1,4-benzodioxan-2-yl)-2-imidazoline) was more complex, with Hill slopes considerably less than unity, and best described by a two-site model of interaction comprising a high and low affinity component. The proportion of sites with high affinity for each antagonist was similar (60-80%). 4. The rank order of antagonist potency for the high affinity component in each displacement curve (RX821002 greater than RX811059 greater than yohimbine) is similar to that determined against the binding of [3H]-RX821002 to rat brain, suggesting that these components reflect the inhibition of [3H]-idazoxan binding to alpha 2-adrenoceptors.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) Images Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 PMID:1356565

  1. Alpha-hydroxy amides as a novel class of bradykinin B1 selective antagonists.

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    Wood, Michael R; Schirripa, Kathy M; Kim, June J; Kuduk, Scott D; Chang, Ronald K; Di Marco, Christina N; DiPardo, Robert M; Wan, Bang-Lin; Murphy, Kathy L; Ransom, Richard W; Chang, Raymond S L; Holahan, Marie A; Cook, Jacquelynn J; Lemaire, Wei; Mosser, Scott D; Bednar, Rodney A; Tang, Cuyue; Prueksaritanont, Thomayant; Wallace, Audrey A; Mei, Qin; Yu, Jian; Bohn, Dennis L; Clayton, Frank C; Adarayn, Emily D; Sitko, Gary R; Leonard, Yvonne M; Freidinger, Roger M; Pettibone, Douglas J; Bock, Mark G

    2008-01-15

    Antagonism of the bradykinin B(1) receptor represents a potential treatment for chronic pain and inflammation. Novel antagonists incorporating alpha-hydroxy amides were designed that display low-nanomolar affinity for the human bradykinin B(1) receptor and good bioavailability in the rat and dog. In addition, these functionally active compounds show high passive permeability and low susceptibility to phosphoglycoprotein mediated efflux, predictive of good CNS exposure.

  2. Monitoring Achilles enthesitis in ankylosing spondylitis during TNF-alpha antagonist therapy: an ultrasound study.

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    Aydin, Sibel Zehra; Karadag, Omer; Filippucci, Emilio; Atagunduz, Pamir; Akdogan, Ali; Kalyoncu, Umut; Grassi, Walter; Direskeneli, Haner

    2010-03-01

    Enthesitis is considered as the primary anatomical lesion in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Therapeutic effects of TNF-alpha antagonist treatments for enthesitis on imaging changes are still limited to case reports or small sample-sized trials. We aimed to investigate the potential of ultrasonography (US) to detect early changes after TNF-alpha antagonist therapy of Achilles enthesis of AS patients. Forty-three AS patients with active disease, requiring TNF-alpha antagonist therapy, were included. Physical examination was performed to detect Achilles enthesitis and/or retrocalcaneal bursitis. US of the Achilles tendon was performed bilaterally. Grey-scale (GS) and power Doppler (PD) scores on a 0-2 semi-quantitative scale and total additive scores (TS) were calculated. Follow-up US examinations were performed 2 months after the initiation of therapy. At baseline, 11 patients (26.2%) were symptomatic in physical examination for either Achilles enthesitis or retrocalcaneal bursitis, whereas 36 (83%) had GS US pathological findings and 10 (23.3%) had PD signal. GS score and TS decreased significantly [3.6 (3.0) vs 2.3 (2.2), P < 0.001 and 4.7 (4.9) vs 2.7 (3.3), P < 0.001, respectively], whereas the decrease in PD score was not significant after 2 months of follow-up. The Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), ESR and CRP levels also showed significant improvements. Subclinical Achilles enthesitis, detected only with GS US, is present in a subset of AS patients and a significant improvement can be demonstrated after 2 months of TNF-alpha antagonist therapy. In addition to standard outcome measures, US might be an additional useful tool to monitor therapy in SpA patients with Achilles enthesitis.

  3. Accumbal α-adrenoceptors, but not β-adrenoceptors, regulate behaviour that is mediated by reserpine-sensitive storage vesicles.

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    Verheij, Michel M M; Saigusa, Tadashi; Koshikawa, Noriaki; Cools, Alexander R

    2015-02-01

    It has previously been demonstrated that mesolimbic α-adrenoceptors, but not β-adrenoceptors, control the release of dopamine that is derived from reserpine-sensitive storage vesicles. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether these storage vesicles also regulate α-adrenoceptor-mediated or β-adrenoceptor-mediated changes in behaviour. Accordingly, rats were pretreated with reserpine before the α-adrenoceptor antagonist phentolamine or the β-adrenoceptor agonist isoproterenol was locally applied to the nucleus accumbens. Both phentolamine and isoproterenol increased the duration of walking, rearing and grooming and decreased the duration of sitting. Reserpine counteracted the behavioural response elicited by phentolamine but not by isoproterenol. The results of the present study demonstrate that mesolimbic α-adrenoceptors, but not β-adrenoceptors, regulate behaviour that is mediated by reserpine-sensitive storage pools. It is hypothesized that the observed α-adrenoceptor-mediated increase in locomotor activity is due to the α-adrenoceptor-mediated increase in the release of accumbal intravesicular dopamine. Our finding that α-adrenoceptors inhibit, whereas β-adrenoceptors stimulate, locomotor activity may help explain why noradrenaline or environmental stressors have previously been found to have opposing effects on the regulation of behaviour.

  4. Mivazerol, a novel compound with high specificity for alpha 2 adrenergic receptors: binding studies on different human and rat membrane preparations.

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    Noyer, M; de Laveleye, F; Vauquelin, G; Gobert, J; Wülfert, E

    1994-03-01

    Mivazerol, 3-[1(H-imidazol-4-yl)methyl]-2-hydroxybenzamide hydrochloride, a new potential anti-ischemic drug designed by UCB S.A. Pharma Sector, has been studied in binding experiments on adrenergic, dopaminergic, serotoninergic, muscarinic and idazoxan binding sites. Our results indicate that this compound displays high affinity and marked specificity for alpha 2 adrenoceptors. Mivazerol displaced the binding of the alpha 2 adrenoceptor antagonist [3H]RX 821002 to the alpha 2A adrenoceptors in human frontal cortex membranes with an apparent Ki value of 37 nM. The competition curve was shallow (nH = 0.55), suggesting that this compound acts as an alpha 2 adrenergic agonist. Mivazerol was also a potent competitor for [3H]RX 821002 binding to human platelet membranes (containing alpha 2A adrenoceptors) and rat kidney membranes (75% of the alpha 2 adrenoceptors of the alpha 2B subtype), indicating that this compound is not alpha 2 adrenoceptor subtype selective. Equilibrium dissociation constants for alpha 1 adrenoceptors (displacement of [3H]prazosin) and 5-HT1A receptors (displacement of [3H]rauwolscine) were respectively about 120 times (Ki = 4.4 microM) and 14 times (Ki = 530 nM) higher than that for the alpha 2 adrenoceptors. Equilibrium dissociation constants were approximately 1000 times higher for all other receptors tested in this study; namely beta 1 and beta 2 adrenoceptors, D1- and D2-dopamine receptors, M1-, M2- and M3-muscarinic receptors, 5-HT2 receptors and non-adrenergic idazoxan binding sites.

  5. Lack of effect of a selective vasopressin V1A receptor antagonist, SR 49,059, on potentiation by vasopressin of adrenoceptor-mediated pressor responses in the rat mesenteric arterial bed

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    Heinemann, Akos; Horina, Gabi; Stauber, Rudolf E; Pertl, Christof; Holzer, Peter; Peskar, Bernhard A

    1998-01-01

    The vasopressin receptor subtype involved in the enhancement by vasopressin of adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction was investigated in rat isolated perfused mesenteric arteries.[Arg8]vasopressin (1–10 nM) dose-dependently increased the perfusion pressure and enhanced the pressor response to the adrenoceptor agonist methoxamine (40 nmol) or electrical stimulation of periarterial nerves (16 Hz), at the concentration of 10 nM of [Arg8]vasopressin up to 4 and 3 fold, respectively.During prolonged exposure (45 min) the direct vasoconstrictor effect of [Arg8]vasopressin (10 nM) rapidly declined whereas the potentiation of methoxamine-induced vasoconstriction was maintained.The selective vasopressin V1A receptor antagonist SR 49,059 (1–3 nM) and the non-selective V1A/B and oxytocin receptor antagonist [deamino-Pen1,Tyr(Me)2,Arg8]vasopressin (15–45 nM) inhibited the direct vasoconstrictor action of [Arg8]vasopressin but had no effect on the enhancement of the pressor response to methoxamine or electrical stimulation.The V1B receptor agonist [deamino-Cys1,β-(3-pyridyl)-D-Ala2,Arg8]vasopressin (100–1000 nM) and the V2 receptor agonist [deamino-Cys1,D-Arg8]vasopressin (1–10 nM) were devoid of any pressor activity and did not potentiate methoxamine-evoked vasoconstriction. In contrast, [1-triglycyl,Lys8]vasopressin (100–1000 nM) potentiated the methoxamine responses without per se inducing vasoconstriction.In arteries precontracted with methoxamine (7.5 μM) pressor responses to [Arg8]vasopressin (3–10 nM) were not inhibited by a dose of SR 49,059 (3 nM) which abolished the peptide's vasoconstrictor effect under control conditions.These data show that the direct vasoconstrictor effect of [Arg8]vasopressin is mediated by V1A receptors while the enhancement of adrenoceptor-mediated pressor responses is insensitive to V1A, V1B, and oxytocin receptor antagonists and is not mimicked by selective agonists of V1B and V2 receptors. In

  6. Alpha 2-adrenergic receptors influence tyrosine hydroxylase activity in retinal dopamine neurons.

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    Iuvone, P M; Rauch, A L

    1983-12-12

    Dopamine (DA) is a putative neurotransmitter in a population of interneurons in the mammalian retina that are activated by photic stimulation. Pharmacological studies were conducted to determine if alpha 2-adrenergic receptors influence the activity of retinal tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), a biochemical indicator of changes in the activity of the DA-containing neurons. TH activity was low in dark-adapted retinas and high in light-exposed retinas. Systemic administration of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonists, yohimbine and piperoxane, to dark-adapted rats significantly stimulated TH activity. This effect was apparently mediated locally within the retina because the response could also be elicited by direct injection of yohimbine into the vitreous. The dose-response relationships for the effects of alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonists on retinal TH activity were similar to those for the effects on brain noradrenergic neurons, where alpha 2-adrenoceptors have been shown to be involved in the autoregulation of neuronal activity. Clonidine, an alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, had no effect when administered alone to dark-adapted rats, but it attenuated the stimulatory effect of yohimbine. In contrast, clonidine decreased TH activity of light-exposed retinas, an effect that was reversed by yohimbine. These observations suggest that alpha 2-adrenoceptors influence the activity of retinal DA-containing neurons.

  7. Ontogeny of the rat hepatic adrenoceptors

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    McMillian, M.K.

    1985-01-01

    Hepatic alpha-1, alpha-2, and beta-2 adrenoceptors were characterized during development of the rat through Scatchard analysis of (/sup 3/H)-prazosin, (/sup 3/H)-rauwolscine and (/sup 125/I)-pindolol binding to washed particle membrane preparations. Major changes in adrenoceptor number occur shortly before birth and at weaning. The fetal rat liver is characterized by a large number of alpha-2 adrenoceptors which falls 10-20 fold at birth. The number of hepatic beta adrenoceptors decreases 30-50% during the third week after birth increases slightly at weaning, then decreases gradually in the adult. Hepatic alpha-1 adrenoceptor number increases 3-5 fold at weaning to become the predominant adrenoceptor in the adult rat liver. The basis for the fall in alpha-2 number at birth remains unclear. The fall in beta receptor number at the end of the second week post-natally appears dependent on increased insulin and corticosterone secretion as well as increased NE release form nerve terminals. The basis for the increase in beta number at weaning and the sex-dependent loss of beta function but not receptor number in the adult rat remains unknown. The dramatic increases in alpha-1 number and function at weaning are dependent on increased adrenocortical secretion, adrenalectomy prevents the normal. This effect of adrenocorticoids might be mediated through glycogen, as glycogen depletion during fasting decreases alpha-1 receptor number and function at weaning are dependent on increased adrenocortical secretion, adrenalectomy prevents the normal. This effect of adrenocorticoids might be mediated through glycogen, as glycogen depletion during fasting decreases alpha-1 receptor number and function. These findings suggest that hepatic adrenoceptor number adapts from the low carbohydrate diet of the suckling rat to the high carbohydrate diet of the adult at weaning.

  8. Alpha-adrenoceptor modulation in central nervous system trauma: pain, spasms, and paralysis--an unlucky triad.

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    Lemmens, Stefanie; Brône, Bert; Dooley, Dearbhaile; Hendrix, Sven; Geurts, Nathalie

    2015-07-01

    Many researchers have attempted to pharmacologically modulate the adrenergic system to control locomotion, pain, and spasms after central nervous system (CNS) trauma, although such efforts have led to conflicting results. Despite this, multiple studies highlight that α-adrenoceptors (α-ARs) are promising therapeutic targets because in the CNS, they are involved in reactivity to stressors and regulation of locomotion, pain, and spasms. These functions can be activated by direct modulation of these receptors on neuronal networks in the brain and the spinal cord. In addition, these multifunctional receptors are also broadly expressed on immune cells. This suggests that they might play a key role in modulating immunological responses, which may be crucial in treating spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury as both diseases are characterized by a strong inflammatory component. Reducing the proinflammatory response will create a more permissive environment for axon regeneration and may support neuromodulation in combination therapies. However, pharmacological interventions are hindered by adrenergic system complexity and the even more complicated anatomical and physiological changes in the CNS after trauma. This review is the first concise overview of the pros and cons of α-AR modulation in the context of CNS trauma.

  9. Personalized medicine: theranostics (therapeutics diagnostics) essential for rational use of tumor necrosis factor-alpha antagonists.

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    Bendtzen, Klaus

    2013-04-01

    With the discovery of the central pathogenic role of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha in many immunoinflammatory diseases, specific inhibition of this pleiotropic cytokine has revolutionized the treatment of patients with several non-infectious inflammatory disorders. As a result, genetically engineered anti-TNF-alpha antibody constructs now constitute one of the heaviest medicinal expenditures in many countries. All currently used TNF antagonists may dramatically lower disease activity and, in some patients, induce remission. Unfortunately, however, not all patients respond favorably, and safety can be severely impaired by immunogenicity, i.e., the ability of a drug to induce anti-drug antibodies (ADA). Assessment of ADA is therefore an important component of the evaluation of drug safety in both pre-clinical and clinical studies and in the process of developing less immunogenic and safer biopharmaceuticals. Therapeutics diagnostics, also called theranostics, i.e., monitoring functional drug levels and neutralizing ADA in the circulation, is central to more effective use of biopharmaceuticals. Hence, testing-based strategies rather than empirical dose-escalation may provide more cost-effective use of TNF antagonists as this allows therapies tailored according to individual requirements rather than the current universal approach to diagnosis. The objective of the present review is to discuss the reasons for recommending theranostics to implement an individualized use of TNF antagonists and to highlight some of the methodological obstacles that have obscured cost-effective ways of using these therapies.

  10. Simulations reveal increased fluctuations in estrogen receptor-alpha conformation upon antagonist binding.

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    Ng, Ho Leung

    2016-09-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been used to model dynamic fluctuations in the structure of estrogen receptor-alpha (ER-α) upon binding to the natural agonist 17β-estradiol (E2) and to the active metabolite of the breast cancer drug and antagonist, 4-hydroxytamoxifen (OHT). We present the most extensive MD simulations to date of ER-α, with over 1μs of combined simulations for the monomer and dimer forms. Simulations reveal that the antagonist-bound complex includes significant fluctuations while the agonist-bound complex is tightly restrained. OHT increases dynamic disorder in the loops located to either side of the tail H12 helix; H12 has been associated with the activation status of ER-α. We also report that fluctuations near H12 lead to greater conformational variation in the binding mode of the ethylamine tail of OHT. Both the agonist and antagonist conformations are stable throughout the 240ns simulations, supporting the hypothesis that there are no transitions between these two states or into intermediate states. The stable position of H12 in the OHT-bound conformation suggests that OHT stabilizes a well-defined antagonist conformational ensemble rather than merely blocking the agonist-driven activation of ER-α. Simultaneously, the increased dynamic properties of the OHT-bound complex is a potential source of binding entropy.

  11. Bindings of /sup 3/H-prazosin and /sup 3/H-yohimbine to alpha adrenoceptors in the guinea-pig stomach

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    Taniguchi, T.; Nishikawa, H.

    1988-01-01

    Alpha adrenoceptor subtypes have been investigated by radioligand binding study in guinea-pig stomach using /sup 3/H-prazosin and /sup 3/H-yohimbine. The specific /sup 3/H-prazosin binding to guinea-pig stomach was saturable and of high affinity with a Bmax of 33 fmol/mg protein. Specific /sup 3/H-yohimbine binding to the tissue was also saturable and of high affinity with a Bmax of 150 fmol/mg protein. Adrenergic drugs competed for /sup 3/H-prazosin binding in order of prazosin > phentolamine > methoxamine > norepinephrine > clonidine > epinephrine > yohimbine. These drugs competed for /sup 3/H-yohimbine binding in order of yohimbine > phentolamine > clonidine > epinephrine > norepinephrine > prazosin > methoxamine. They also examined whether dopamine receptors exist in guinea-pig stomach, using radioligand binding study. Specific binding of /sup 3/H-spiperone, /sup 3/H-apomorphine, /sup 3/H-dopamine and /sup 3/H-domperidone was not detectable in the stomach. Dopaminergic drugs such as dopamine, haloperidol, domperidone and sulpiride competed for /sup 3/H-prazosin binding in order of haloperidol > domperidone > dopamine > sulpiride. Metoclopramide, sulpiride and dopamine competed for /sup 3/H-yohimbine binding in order of metoclopramide > sulpiride > dopamine.

  12. Hepatic microvascular regulatory mechanisms. X. Effects of alpha-one or -two adrenoceptor blockade on glucoregulation in normotensive endotoxic rats with optimal perfusion and flowrates.

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    Reilly, F D; McCafferty, R E; Cilento, E V

    1988-08-01

    Circulating-blood glucose, hepatic glycogen distribution, and the glycogen contents of liver and skeletal muscle, were determined for 60 min in 31 fed and anesthetized Sprague-Dawley rats. These rats received an endoportal infusion of 15 mg per kg b.w. E. coli endotoxin (026:B6) or of sterile saline solution as a control. Either substance was given intravenously at 9:30 a.m. following an intraperitoneal injection at 9:00 a.m. of 0.1 mg per kg b.w. prazosin or 0.3 mg per kg b.w. yohimbine or of the carrier, distilled water. Infused endotoxin elevated blood glucose without affecting hepatic glycogen distribution and total glycogen contents of liver and skeletal muscle when compared to control. Prazosin inhibited endotoxin-induced hyperglycemia, and prazosin plus endotoxin provoked centrilobular glycogen depletion and decreased total hepatic glycogen content. However, no significant alteration in the glycogen content of skeletal muscle accompanied blockade of glucogenesis. Prazosin administered by itself produced no changes in hepatic and muscle glycogen. Although yohimbine blocked endotoxin-induced hyperglycemia, yohimbine, or yohimbine plus endotoxin, produced no significant change in the glycogen contents of liver and skeletal muscle. Blockade in the latter case was associated with some depletion of glycogen in hepatocytes dispersed randomly throughout the unit lobule and in cells located centrivenously. These results suggested that endotoxin-induced hyperglycemia is evoked by activation of alpha-1 and -2 adrenergic receptors. Since no detectible change in hepatic glycogen distribution and in the contents of liver and muscle glycogen accompanied glucogenesis, glycogen catabolism and deposition are postulated to proceed simultaneously and at equivalent rates by 60 min following the experimental induction of endotoxemia. Blockade of alpha (one or two) adrenoceptors is hypothesized to inhibit endotoxin-induced hyperglycemia by facilitating glucose utilization and not

  13. Chronic stimulation of alpha-2A-adrenoceptors with guanfacine protects rodent prefrontal cortex dendritic spines and cognition from the effects of chronic stress

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    Hains, Avis Brennan; Yabe, Yoko; Arnsten, Amy F.T.

    2015-01-01

    The prefrontal cortex (PFC) provides top-down regulation of behavior, cognition, and emotion, including spatial working memory. However, these PFC abilities are greatly impaired by exposure to acute or chronic stress. Chronic stress exposure in rats induces atrophy of PFC dendrites and spines that correlates with working memory impairment. As similar PFC grey matter loss appears to occur in mental illness, the mechanisms underlying these changes need to be better understood. Acute stress exposure impairs PFC cognition by activating feedforward cAMP-calcium- K+ channel signaling, which weakens synaptic inputs and reduces PFC neuronal firing. Spine loss with chronic stress has been shown to involve calcium-protein kinase C signaling, but it is not known if inhibiting cAMP signaling would similarly prevent the atrophy induced by repeated stress. The current study examined whether inhibiting cAMP signaling through alpha-2A-adrenoceptor stimulation with chronic guanfacine treatment would protect PFC spines and working memory performance during chronic stress exposure. Guanfacine was selected due to 1) its established effects on cAMP signaling at post-synaptic alpha-2A receptors on spines in PFC, and 2) its increasing clinical use for the treatment of pediatric stress disorders. Daily guanfacine treatment compared to vehicle control was found to prevent dendritic spine loss in layer II/III pyramidal neurons of prelimbic PFC in rats exposed to chronic restraint stress. Guanfacine also protected working memory performance; cognitive performance correlated with dendritic spine density. These findings suggest that chronic guanfacine use may have clinical utility by protecting PFC gray matter from the detrimental effects of stress. PMID:25664335

  14. Highly Potent, Water Soluble Benzimidazole Antagonist for Activated (alpha)4(beta)1 Integrin

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    Carpenter, R D; Andrei, M; Lau, E Y; Lightstone, F C; Liu, R; Lam, K S; Kurth, M J

    2007-08-29

    The cell surface receptor {alpha}{sub 4}{beta}{sub 1} integrin, activated constitutively in lymphoma, can be targeted with the bisaryl urea peptidomimetic antagonist 1 (LLP2A). However, concerns on its preliminary pharmacokinetic (PK) profile provided an impetus to change the pharmacophore from a bisaryl urea to a 2-arylaminobenzimidazole moiety resulting in improved solubility while maintaining picomolar potency [5 (KLCA4); IC{sub 50} = 305 pM]. With exceptional solubility, this finding has potential for improving PK to help diagnose and treat lymphomas.

  15. α1-Adrenoceptors and ejaculatory function

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    Michel, M C

    2007-01-01

    The abnormal ejaculation of semen is a typical but infrequent side effect of some α1-adrenoceptor antagonists, particularly those with selectivity for α1A-adrenoceptors such as silodosin or tamsulosin. Recent clinical studies suggest that this represents a relative anejaculation rather than a retrograde ejaculation. An elegant study in this issue of the journal using α1A single and α1A/B/D triple knock-out mice reports a similar phenomenon in rodents. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the reduced ejaculation and related male infertility is shown to be caused by an impaired function of the vas deferens rather than by alterations in sperm formation, number or function. Similarities and differences between mouse and human data are discussed, particularly why a complete inhibition of all three α1-adrenoceptor subtypes has the strongest effects in mice whereas apparently only α1A-adrenoceptor-selective drugs impair ejaculatory function in humans. PMID:17603543

  16. N-methyl-D-aspartate antagonist activity of alpha- and beta-sulfallorphans.

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    Shukla, V K; Lemaire, S

    1997-01-01

    Resolved equatorial (alpha) and axial (beta) forms of S-allylmorphinans, alpha-sulfallorphan and beta-sulfallorphan, were tested for their ability to compete with the binding of phencyclidine and sigma receptor ligands to mouse brain membranes and to antagonize N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-induced convulsions in mice. alpha- and beta-sulfallorphans displayed distinct binding affinities for phencyclidine and sigma sites, inhibiting the binding of [3H]-(5R,10S)-(+)-5-methyl-10,11-dihydro-5H-dibenzo[a,d]cyclohepten++ +-5, 10-imine ([3H]MK-801) with Ki values of 2.32 and 0.13 microM and that of [3H](+)-pentazocine with Ki values of 1.97 and 1.61 microM, respectively. Intracerebroventricular administration of these compounds in mice caused dose-dependent inhibitions of NMDA-induced convulsions, but did not affect convulsions induced by (R,S)-alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid (AMPA), kainic acid and bicuculline. alpha- and beta-sulfallorphans blocked the convulsive activity of NMDA (1 nmol/mouse; intracerebroventricular) with ED50 values of 0.48 and 0.015 nmol/mouse, as compared with 0.55, 0.039 and 0.013 nmol/mouse for dextrorphan, MK-801 and (+/-)3-(2-carboxypiperazine-4yl)propyl-1-proprionic acid, respectively. The structurally related compound, dextrallorphan, significantly but less potently blocked NMDA-induced convulsions (ED60, 2.68 nmol/mouse). At the protective doses, alpha- and beta-sulfallorphans markedly reduced NMDA- and AMPA-induced mortality without inducing locomotion and falling behavior. These results indicate that alpha- and beta-sulfallorphans are potent and selective NMDA antagonists devoid of motor side effects at protective doses.

  17. The role of beta1 and beta2 adrenoceptors in isoproterenol-induced drinking.

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    Kirby, R F; Novak, C M; Thunhorst, R L; Johnson, A K

    1994-09-05

    The present study examined the contribution of beta1 and beta2 adrenoceptor activation to drinking behavior and the stimulation of plasma renin activity produced by the mixed beta adrenoceptor agonist, isoproterenol. The stimulation of drinking by beta adrenoceptor activation could occur via two independent pathways; by either directly stimulating renal beta1 adrenoceptors on the juxtaglomerular cells to release renin or by stimulating vascular beta2 adrenoceptors that would decrease blood pressure and activate afferent neural and humoral mechanisms. Selective pharmacological antagonism of each adrenoceptor type was achieved by administering atenolol (2.5 mg/kg), a beta1 adrenoceptor antagonist, or ICI 118,551 (1 mg/kg), a beta2 adrenoceptor antagonist, before treatment with isoproterenol (25 micrograms/kg). Neither adrenoceptor mechanism alone could account for all of the water intake or stimulation of plasma renin activity due to isoproterenol treatment. Cardiovascular recordings confirmed the selectivity of the antagonists to their respective receptor subtypes, with atenolol blocking the beta1 adrenoceptor-mediated heart rate increases and ICI 118,551 blocking the beta 2 adrenoceptor-mediated depressor response to isoproterenol. The results provide evidence that the stimulation of both beta1 and beta2 adrenoceptors by isoproterenol acts in a synergistic manner to induce drinking and renin-angiotensin system activation.

  18. Interaction between Ca/sup + +/-channel antagonists and. cap alpha. /sub 2/-adrenergic receptors in rabbit ileal cell membrane

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    Homeidan, F.R.; Wicks, J.; Cusolito, S.; El-Sabban, M.E.; Sharp, G.W.G.; Donowitz, M.

    1986-03-05

    An interaction between Ca/sup + +/-channel antagonists and the ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenergic receptor on active electrolyte transport was demonstrated in rabbit ileum. Clonidine, an ..cap alpha../sub 2/-agonist, stimulated NaCl absorption apparently by Ca/sup + +/-channel antagonism since it inhibited /sup 45/Ca/sup + +/ uptake across the basolateral membrane and decreased total ileal calcium content. This stimulation was inhibited by the Ca/sup + +/-channel antagonists dl- and l-verapamil and cadmium but not by nifedipine. The binding of /sup 3/H-yohimbine, a specific ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenergic antagonist, was studied on purified ileal cell membranes using a rapid filtration technique. dl-Verapamil and Cd/sup + +/ inhibited the specific binding of /sup 3/H-yohimbine over the same concentration range in which they affected transport. In contrast, nifedipine had no effect on binding, just as it had no effect on clonidine-stimulated NaCl absorption. These data demonstrate that there is an interaction between Ca/sup + +/-channels and ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenergic receptors in ileal basolateral membranes. Some Ca/sup + +/-channel antagonists alter ..cap alpha../sub 2/-adrenergic binding to the receptor and ..cap alpha../sub 2/-agonist binding leads to changes in Ca/sup + +/ entry. A close spatial relationship between the Ca/sup + +/-channel and the ..cap alpha../sub 2/-receptor could explain the data.

  19. A deletion variant of the alpha2b-adrenoceptor is related to emotional memory in Europeans and Africans.

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    de Quervain, Dominique J-F; Kolassa, Iris-Tatjana; Ertl, Verena; Onyut, P Lamaro; Neuner, Frank; Elbert, Thomas; Papassotiropoulos, Andreas

    2007-09-01

    Emotionally arousing events are recalled better than neutral events. This phenomenon, which helps us to remember important and potentially vital information, depends on the activation of noradrenergic transmission in the brain. Here we show that a deletion variant of ADRA2B, the gene encoding the alpha2b-adrenergic receptor, is related to enhanced emotional memory in healthy Swiss subjects and in survivors of the Rwandan civil war who experienced highly aversive emotional situations.

  20. Clonidine, an alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist relieves mechanical allodynia in oxaliplatin-induced neuropathic mice; potentiation by spinal p38 MAPK inhibition without motor dysfunction and hypotension.

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    Yeo, Ji-Hee; Yoon, Seo-Yeon; Kim, Sol-Ji; Oh, Seog-Bae; Lee, Jang-Hern; Beitz, Alvin J; Roh, Dae-Hyun

    2016-05-15

    Cancer chemotherapy with platinum-based antineoplastic agents including oxaliplatin frequently results in a debilitating and painful peripheral neuropathy. We evaluated the antinociceptive effects of the alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist, clonidine on oxaliplatin-induced neuropathic pain. Specifically, we determined if (i) the intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of clonidine reduces mechanical allodynia in mice with an oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy and (ii) concurrent inhibition of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activity by the p38 MAPK inhibitor SB203580 enhances clonidine's antiallodynic effect. Clonidine (0.01-0.1 mg kg(-1), i.p.), with or without SB203580(1-10 nmol, intrathecal) was administered two weeks after oxaliplatin injection(10 mg kg(-1), i.p.) to mice. Mechanical withdrawal threshold, motor coordination and blood pressure were measured. Postmortem expression of p38 MAPK and ERK as well as their phosphorylated forms(p-p38 and p-ERK) were quantified 30 min or 4 hr after drug injection in the spinal cord dorsal horn of treated and control mice. Clonidine dose-dependently reduced oxaliplatin-induced mechanical allodynia and spinal p-p38 MAPK expression, but not p-ERK. At 0.1 mg kg(-1), clonidine also impaired motor coordination and decreased blood pressure. A 10 nmol dose of SB203580 alone significantly reduced mechanical allodynia and p-p38 MAPK expression, while a subeffective dose(3 nmol) potentiated the antiallodynic effect of 0.03 mg kg(-1) clonidine and reduced the increased p-p38 MAPK. Coadministration of SB203580 and 0.03 mg kg(-1) clonidine decreased allodynia similar to that of 0.10 mg kg(-1) clonidine, but without significant motor or vascular effects. These findings demonstrate that clonidine treatment reduces oxaliplatin-induced mechanical allodynia. The concurrent administration of SB203580 reduces the dosage requirements for clonidine, thereby alleviating allodynia without producing undesirable motor or cardiovascular effects.

  1. Evidence for a non-adrenoceptor, imidazoline-mediated contractile response to oxymetazoline in the porcine isolated rectal artery.

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    Minyan, W; Dunn, W R; Blaylock, N A; Chan, S L; Wilson, V G

    2001-04-01

    Imidazoline derivatives are known to elicit responses through both alpha(2)-adrenoceptor and non-adrenoceptor, imidazoline sites, though as yet there are no examples of the latter on vascular smooth muscle. In the presence of 0.3 microM prazosin, neither UK-14304 (0.01 - 3 microM) nor oxymetazoline (0.01 - 30 microM) caused a significant contraction of the porcine isolated rectal artery, a preparation with a low density of alpha(2)-adrenoceptors. In the presence of a combination of U46619 and forskolin, however, both agonists produced concentration-dependent contractions. Pretreatment with phenoxybenzamine (3 microM) abolished responses to UK-14304, but left those elicited by oxymetazoline largely unaffected. The putative I(3) imidazoline antagonist 2-(2,3 dihydro-2-benzofuranyl)-2-imidazole (KU-14R, 10 microM) caused a 6 fold rightward displacement of the phenoxybenzamine-insensitive concentration - response curve to oxymetazoline. Our data indicates that non-adrenoceptor, imidazoline sites, pharmacologically similar to the I(3) imidazoline site on islet cells, mediate vasoconstriction in the porcine isolated rectal artery.

  2. The alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor-selective antagonist, methyllycaconitine, partially protects against beta-amyloid1-42 toxicity in primary neuron-enriched cultures.

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    Martin, Shelley E; de Fiebre, Nancy Ellen C; de Fiebre, Christopher M

    2004-10-01

    Studies have suggested that the neuroprotective actions of alpha7 nicotinic agonists arise from activation of receptors and not from the extensive desensitization which rapidly follows activation. Here, we report that the alpha7-selective nicotinic antagonist, methyllycaconitine (MLA), protects against beta-amyloid-induced neurotoxicity; whereas the alpha4beta2-selective antagonist, dihydro-beta-erythroidine, does not. These findings suggest that neuroprotective actions of alpha7-acting agents arise from receptor inhibition/desensitization and that alpha7 antagonists may be useful neuroprotective agents.

  3. 5{alpha}-Bile alcohols function as farnesoid X receptor antagonists

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    Nishimaki-Mogami, Tomoko . E-mail: mogami@nihs.go.jp; Kawahara, Yosuke; Tamehiro, Norimasa; Yoshida, Takemi; Inoue, Kazuhide; Ohno, Yasuo; Nagao, Taku; Une, Mizuho

    2006-01-06

    The farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a bile acid/alcohol-activated nuclear receptor that regulates lipid homeostasis. Unlike other steroid receptors, FXR binds bile acids in an orientation that allows the steroid nucleus A to face helix 12 in the receptor, a crucial domain for coactivator-recruitment. Because most naturally occurring bile acids and alcohols contain a cis-oriented A, which is distinct from that of other steroids and cholesterol metabolites, we investigated the role of this 5{beta}-configuration in FXR activation. The results showed that the 5{beta}-(A/B cis) bile alcohols 5{beta}-cyprinol and bufol are potent FXR agonists, whereas their 5{alpha}-(A/B trans) counterparts antagonize FXR transactivation and target gene expression. Both isomers bound to FXR, but their ability to induce coactivator-recruitment and thereby induce transactivation differed. These findings suggest a critical role for the A orientation of bile salts in agonist/antagonist function.

  4. Neuroprotective and memory-related actions of novel alpha-7 nicotinic agents with different mixed agonist/antagonist properties.

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    Meyer, E M; Tay, E T; Zoltewicz, J A; Meyers, C; King, M A; Papke, R L; De Fiebre, C M

    1998-03-01

    The goals of this study were to develop compounds that were selective and highly efficacious agonists at alpha-7 receptors, while varying in antagonist activity; and to test the hypothesis that these compounds had memory-related and neuroprotective actions associated with both agonist and antagonist alpha-7 receptor activities. Three compounds were identified; E,E-3-(cinnamylidene)anabaseine (3-CA), E,E-3-(2-methoxycinnamylidene) anabaseine (2-MeOCA) and E,E-3-(4-methoxycinnamylidene) anabaseine (4-MeOCA) each displaced [125I]alpha-bungarotoxin binding from rat brain membranes and activated rat alpha-7 receptors in a Xenopus oocyte expression system fully efficaciously. The potency series for binding and receptor activation was 2-MeOCA > 4-MeOCA = 3-CA and 2-MeOCA = 3-CA > 4-MeOCA, respectively. No compound significantly activated oocyte-expressed alpha-4beta-2 receptors. Although each cinnamylidene-anabaseine caused a long-term inhibition of alpha-7 receptors, as measured by ACh-application 5 min later, this inhibition ranged considerably, from less than 20% (3-CA) to 90% (2-MeOCA) at an identical concentration (10 microM). These compounds improved passive avoidance behavior in nucleus basalis lesioned rats, with 2-MeOCA most potent in this respect. In contrast, only 3-CA was neuroprotective against neurite loss during nerve growth factor deprivation in differentiated rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells. Choline, an efficacious alpha-7 agonist without antagonist activity, was also protective in this model. These results suggest that the neurite-protective action of alpha-7 receptor agonists may be more sensitive to potential long-term antagonist properties than acute behavioral actions are.

  5. Presynaptic beta-adrenoceptors in rat atria: evidence for the presence of stereoselective beta 1-adrenoceptors.

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    Heimburger, M.; Montero, M. J.; Fougeres, V.; Beslot, F.; Davy, M.; Midol-Monnet, M.; Cohen, Y.

    1989-01-01

    1. Presynaptic beta-adrenoceptor activity was studied in rat isolated atria, previously loaded with [3H]-noradrenaline. The stimulation-induced release of 3H transmitter was measured in the presence of cocaine, and adrenaline was used as a facilitatory beta-adrenoceptor agonist. 2. Adrenaline (0.1 and 2 nM) increased, by about 50%, the evoked efflux of tritium. With phenoxybenzamine present, the same activity was shown with 10 nM adrenaline. 3. The beta 2-selective adrenoceptor blocking drugs: IPS 339 and ICI 118 551 caused a concentration-dependent decrease in the activity of adrenaline. Cardioselective beta-blocking drugs: acebutolol, beta-xolol, nebivolol and its isomers (R 67 138 and R 67 145) also reduced dose-dependently the agonistic action of adrenaline. The order of potency for nebivolol and its isomers was R 67 138 greater than nebivolol greater than R 67 145. The activity of pindolol was not concentration-dependent. The inhibitory effect of acebutolol was also observed in the presence of blockade of alpha-adrenoceptors. 4. The postsynaptic beta-adrenoceptor blocking activity of nebivolol and its isomers was studied in pithed rats. They reduced isoprenaline-induced tachycardia without altering hypotensive responses. The order of potency was: R 67 138 greater than nebivolol greater than R 67 145. 5. It is concluded that in rat isolated atria, presynaptic beta 2- and beta 1-adrenoceptors coexist and that facilitatory beta 1-adrenoceptors are stereospecific. PMID:2572291

  6. Effect of the α(2)-adrenoceptor antagonist yohimbine on vascular regulation of the middle cerebral artery and the ophthalmic artery in healthy subjects.

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    Kaya, S; Kolodjaschna, J; Berisha, F; Polska, E; Pemp, B; Garhöfer, G; Schmetterer, L

    2011-01-01

    There is evidence that vascular beds distal to the ophthalmic artery (OA) show vasoconstriction in response to a step decrease in systemic blood pressure (BP). The mediators of this response are mostly unidentified. The aim of the current study was to test the hypothesis that α2-adrenoreceptors may contribute to the regulatory process in response to a decrease in BP. In this randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study 14 healthy male volunteers received either 22mg yohimbine hydrochloride or placebo. Beat-to-beat BP was measured by analysis of arterial pressure waveform; blood flow velocities in the middle cerebral artery (MCA) and the OA were measured with Doppler ultrasound. Measurements were done before, during and after a step decrease in BP. The step decrease in BP was induced by bilateral thigh cuffs at a suprasystolic pressure followed by a rapid cuff deflation. After cuff deflation, BP returned to baseline after 7-8 pulse cycles (PC). Blood velocities in the MCA returned to baseline earlier (4 PC) than BP indicating peripheral vasodilatation. Blood velocities in the OA returned to baseline later (15-20 PC) indicating peripheral vasoconstriction. Yohimbine did not affect the blood velocity response in the MCA, but significantly shortened the time of OA blood velocities to return to baseline values (6-7 PC, p<0.05). In conclusion, our results indicate that yohimbine did not alter the regulatory response in the MCA, but modified the response of vascular beds distal to the OA. This suggests that α2-adrenoceptors play a role in the vasoconstrictor response of the vasculatures distal to the OA.

  7. Brain regions mediating alpha3beta4 nicotinic antagonist effects of 18-MC on methamphetamine and sucrose self-administration.

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    Glick, Stanley D; Sell, Elizabeth M; Maisonneuve, Isabelle M

    2008-12-03

    The novel iboga alkaloid congener 18-methoxycoronaridine (18-MC) is a putative anti-addictive agent that has been shown, in rats, to decrease the self-administration of several drugs of abuse. Previous work has established that 18-MC is a potent antagonist at alpha3beta4 nicotinic receptors. Because high densities of alpha3beta4 nicotinic receptors occur in the medial habenula and the interpeduncular nucleus and moderate densities occur in the dorsolateral tegmentum, ventral tegmental area, and basolateral amygdala, the present study was conducted to determine if 18-MC could act in these brain areas to modulate methamphetamine self-administration in rats. Local administration of 18-MC into either the medial habenula, the interpeduncular area or the basolateral amygdala decreased methamphetamine self-administration. Similar results were produced by local administration into the same brain areas of two other alpha3beta4 nicotinic antagonists, mecamylamine and alpha-conotoxin AuIB. Local administration of 18-MC, or the other antagonists, into the dorsolateral tegmentum or the ventral tegmental area had no effect on methamphetamine self-administration. In contrast, local administration of 18-MC and the other antagonists decreased sucrose self-administration when administered into the dorsolateral tegmentum or basolateral amygdala but had no effect when infused into the medial habenula, interpeduncular nucleus, or ventral tegmental area. These data are consistent with the hypothesis that 18-MC decreases methamphetamine self-administration by indirectly modulating the dopaminergic mesolimbic pathway via blockade of alpha3beta4 nicotinic receptors in the habenulo-interpeduncular pathway and the basolateral amygdala. The data also suggest that the basolateral amygdala along with a different pathway involving alpha3beta4 receptors in the dorsolateral tegmentum mediate the effect of 18-MC on sucrose self-administration.

  8. Perioperative sympatholysis. Beneficial effects of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist mivazerol on hemodynamic stability and myocardial ischemia. McSPI--Europe Research Group.

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    1997-02-01

    Mivazerol hydrochloride is a new alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist. In vitro and animal studies have demonstrated both sympatholytic and antiischemic properties. To evaluate the safety and efficacy of mivazerol in patients during perioperative stress, this multicenter phase II clinical trial studied hemodynamic stability and myocardial ischemia in patients with coronary artery disease undergoing noncardiac surgery. Three hundred patients, from twenty-three European medical institutions, participated in this placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized, parallel-group trial. Ninety-eight were given high-dose mivazerol (1.5 micrograms.kg-1.h-1); 99, low-dose mivazerol (0.75 microgram.kg-1.h-1); and 103, placebo, continuously intraoperatively and for 72 h postoperatively. Blood pressure and heart rate were monitored for 96 h. Myocardial ischemia was assessed by Holter electrocardiography for at least 8 h before induction of anesthesia until 96 h after surgery. Twelve-lead electrocardiograms and creatine kinase myocardial band isoenzyme levels were obtained before and serially after surgery. Adverse cardiac events were assessed for the intraoperative, early postoperative (0-24 h), and late postoperative (24-72 h) periods. The incidence of tachycardia was significantly lower with high-dose mivazerol (vs. placebo) during the intraoperative (30% vs. 51%; P = 0.002), early postoperative (29% vs. 50%; P = 0.002), and late postoperative periods (46% vs. 70%; P = 0.001). Also, the percentage of patients treated for tachycardia was significantly lower with the high dose (vs. placebo) during the early (10% vs. 20%; P = 0.043) and late (6% vs. 15%; P = 0.024) postoperative periods. The incidence of hypertension was significantly lower with both high and low doses (vs. placebo) during the intraoperative period (46% and 43%, respectively, vs. 63%; P = 0.010); treatment was similar at both high and low doses (33% and 34%, respectively, vs. 46%; P = 0.066). The incidence of bradycardia

  9. Beneficial effects of betaxolol, a selective antagonist of beta-1 adrenoceptors, on exercise-induced myocardial ischemia in patients with coronary vasospasm.

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    Suzuki, Jun; Watanabe, Kouki; Tsuruoka, Takashi; Sueda, Shozo; Funada, Jun-ichi; Kitakaze, Masafumi; Sekiya, Michihito

    2003-10-01

    Although beta-blockers can not be used for the treatment of vasospastic angina, the effect of beta-blockers with vasorelaxant property on coronary vasospasm remains uncertain. In this study, we evaluated the effect of betaxolol, a new beta-blocker with calcium antagonistic property, as an additional therapy on vasospastic angina (VSA) with anginal attacks on effort. We enrolled 12 patients with VSA and anginal attacks with ST segment depression during exercise stress test. All patients received 1.25-5 mg of betaxolol for 3 months. Treadmill exercise stress test and adenosine triphosphate stress thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy were performed before and 3 months after the onset of the betaxolol treatment. The other drugs including calcium antagonists, nitrates and nicorandil were continued. No patients experienced the exacerbation of angina during the betaxolol treatment. Exercise time to chest pain (317.5+/-72.1-454.2+/-75.5 s, P<0.01) and maximal ST segment depression (1.67+/-0.67-1.16+/-0.46 mm, P<0.01) obtained by exercise stress test, the defect score (8.6+/-2.7-5.3+/-2.1, P<0.01), the extent score (14.8+/-5.8-8.8+/-4.6%, P<0.01), the severity score (17.5+/-7.3-11.3+/-5.2, P<0.01) and washout rate (31.4+/-5.6-37.6+/-5.0%, P<0.01) obtained by the scintigraphy were improved by betaxolol. Our results suggest that betaxolol increases regional myocardial blood flow and improves exercise capacity in patients with VSA. Betaxolol may become a drug for a new potential therapy for VSA.

  10. Alpha(1)- and beta-adrenoceptor stimulation differentially activate p38-MAPK and atrial natriuretic peptide production in the perfused amphibian heart.

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    Aggeli, Ioanna-Katerina S; Gaitanaki, Catherine; Lazou, Antigone; Beis, Isidoros

    2002-08-01

    We investigated the activation of p38-MAPK by various adrenergic agents in the perfused Rana ridibunda heart. Phenylephrine (50 micromol l(-1)) rapidly induced the differential activation of all three mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) subfamilies (ERK, JNKs and p38-MAPK) in this experimental system. Focusing on p38-MAPK response to phenylephrine, we found that the kinase phosphorylation reached maximal values at 30 s, declining thereafter to basal values at 15 min. p38-MAPK activation by phenylephrine was verified as exclusively alpha(1)-AR-mediated. Furthermore, SB203580 (1 micromol l(-1)) abolished the kinase phosphorylation by phenylephrine. Isoproterenol (50 micromol l(-1)) was also shown to activate p38-MAPK in a time- and temperature-dependent manner. A marked, sustained p38-MAPK activation profile was observed at 25 degrees C, while at 18 degrees C the kinase response to isoproterenol was modest. Isoproterenol effect on p38-MAPK stimulation was beta-AR-mediated. Immunohistochemical studies revealed the enhanced presence of phosphorylated p38-MAPK and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) in both phenylephrine- and isoproterenol-stimulated hearts, a reaction completely blocked by the respective specific antagonists, or the specific p38-MAPK inhibitor SB203580. These findings indicate a functional correlation between p38-MAPK activation and ANP accumulation in the perfused amphibian heart.

  11. Adrenoceptor- and cholinoceptor-mediated mechanisms in the regulation of 5-hydroxytryptamine release from isolated tracheae of newborn rabbits.

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    Freitag, A.; Wessler, I.; Racké, K.

    1996-01-01

    1. Isolated tracheae of newborn rabbits were incubated in vitro and the outflow of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) was determined by h.p.l.c. with electrochemical detection. Evidence has previously been provided that this 5-HT outflow derives from neuroendocrine epithelial (NEE) cells of the airway mucosa. 2. Phenylephrine (1, 10 and 30 microM) enhanced the outflow of 5-HT by 80, 290 and 205%, respectively. 5-HT outflow evoked by 10 microM phenylephrine was not affected by the presence of the neurotoxin tetrodotoxin (1 microM). 3. Rauwolscine, ARC 239 (an alpha(2B)-adrenoceptor preferring antagonist), yohimbine and prazosin antagonized the effect of 10 microM phenylephrine in a concentration-dependent manner with IC50 values of 150, 295, 300 and 1,700 nM, respectively. Comparison of the ratios (between all antagonists) of the present IC50 values with the corresponding ratios of Ki values obtained in binding studies for the alpha(2A)-, alpha(2B)-, alpha(2C)- and alpha(2D)-adrenoceptor subtypes strongly suggests the involvement of an alpha(2B)-receptor. 4. 5-HT outflow evoked by 10 microM phenylephrine was inhibited by 65% in the presence of 1 microM forskolin and abolished in the presence of 10 microM forskolin. 5. 5-HT outflow evoked by 10 microM phenylephrine was inhibited by about 45 and 70% in the presence of 0.1 and 1 microM isoprenaline, respectively. The inhibitory effect of 1 microM isoprenaline was only marginally antagonized by 1 microM, but blocked by 10 microM propranolol. 6. 5-HT outflow was not affected by the muscarine receptor agonist oxotremorine (10 microM), but was enhanced by 175% by 100 microM nicotine. The effect of nicotine was blocked by 100 microM hexamethonium and prevented by 1 microM tetrodotoxin or 1 microM yohimbine. 7. In conclusion, 5-HT release from NEE cells of the rabbit trachea is stimulated via alpha-adrenoceptors most likely of the alpha(2B)-subtype localized directly at the NEE cells. Activation of beta-adrenoceptors as well as

  12. The alpha2 adrenergic receptor antagonist idazoxan, but not the serotonin-2A receptor antagonist M100907, partially attenuated reward deficits associated with nicotine, but not amphetamine, withdrawal in rats.

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    Semenova, Svetlana; Markou, Athina

    2010-10-01

    Based on phenomenological similarities between anhedonia (reward deficits) associated with drug withdrawal and the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, we showed previously that the atypical antipsychotic clozapine attenuated reward deficits associated with psychostimulant withdrawal. Antagonism of alpha(2) adrenergic and 5-HT(2A) receptors may contribute to these effects of clozapine. We investigated here whether blockade of alpha(2) or 5-HT(2A) receptors by idazoxan and M100907, respectively, would reverse anhedonic aspects of psychostimulant withdrawal. Idazoxan treatment facilitated recovery from spontaneous nicotine, but not amphetamine, withdrawal by attenuating reward deficits and increase the number of somatic signs. Thus, alpha(2) adrenoceptor blockade may have beneficial effects against nicotine withdrawal and may be involved in the effects of clozapine previously observed. M100907 worsened the anhedonia associated with nicotine and amphetamine withdrawal, suggesting that monotherapy with M100907 may exacerbate the expression of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia or nicotine withdrawal symptoms in people, including schizophrenia patients, attempting to quit smoking.

  13. 1-[(Imidazolidin-2-yl)imino]indazole. Highly alpha 2/I1 selective agonist: synthesis, X-ray structure, and biological activity.

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    Saczewski, Franciszek; Kornicka, Anita; Rybczyńska, Apolonia; Hudson, Alan L; Miao, Shu Sean; Gdaniec, Maria; Boblewski, Konrad; Lehmann, Artur

    2008-06-26

    Novel benzazole derivatives bearing a (imidazolidin-2-yl)imino moiety at position 1 or 2 were synthesized by reacting 1-amino- or 2-aminobenzazoles with N, N'-bis( tert-butoxycarbonyl)imidazolidine-2-thione in the presence of HgCl 2. Structures of 1-[(imidazolidin-2-yl)imino]indazole (marsanidine, 13a) and free base of the 4-Cl derivative 12e were confirmed by X-ray single crystal structure analysis. Compound 13a was found to be the selective alpha 2-adrenoceptor ligand with alpha 2-adrenoceptor/imidazoline I 1 receptor selectivity ratio of 3879, while 1-[(imidazolidin-2-yl)imino]-7-methylindazole ( 13k) proved to be a mixed alpha 2-adrenoceptor/imidazoline I 1 receptor agonist with alpha 2/I 1 selectivity ratio of 7.2. Compound 13k when administered intravenously to male Wistar rats induced a dose-dependent decrease in mean arterial blood pressure (ED50 = 0.6 microg/kg) and heart rate, which was attenuated following pretreatment with alpha 2A-adrenoceptor antagonist RX821002. Compound 13a may find a variety of medical uses ascribed to alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists, and its 7-methyl derivative 13k is a good candidate for development as a centrally acting antihypertensive drug.

  14. Stimulation of β1- and β2-adrenoceptors dilates retinal blood vessels in rats.

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    Mori, Asami; Sekito, Akane; Sakamoto, Kenji; Ishii, Kunio; Nakahara, Tsutomu

    2017-05-01

    Our previous studies have demonstrated that adrenaline dilates rat retinal arterioles by stimulating propranolol-sensitive β-adrenoceptors and β3-adrenoceptors, and selective stimulation of β2- or β3-adrenoceptors causes retinal vasodilator responses. In the present study, we compared the effects of β1- and β2-adrenoceptor stimulation on rat retinal arterioles in vivo. Rat ocular fundus images were captured using an original high-resolution digital fundus camera. Diameters of retinal arterioles contained in the images were measured. Systemic blood pressure and heart rate were recorded continuously. Denopamine, a β1-adrenoceptor agonist, increased the diameter of retinal arterioles and heart rate, and produced a small but statistically insignificant decrease in mean arterial pressure. CGP20712A, a β1-adrenoceptor antagonist, but not ICI118551, a β2-adrenoceptor antagonist, significantly prevented denopamine-induced retinal vasodilator and heart rate responses. Salbutamol, a β2-adrenoceptor agonist, increased the diameter of retinal arterioles and decreased mean arterial pressure without significantly changing heart rate. The effects of salbutamol were significantly prevented by ICI118551, but not by CGP20712A. These results suggest that stimulation of β1- and β2-adrenoceptors dilates retinal blood vessels and indicate that all three β-adrenoceptor subtypes (β1, β2, and β3) may be involved in the retinal vasodilator response to adrenaline in rats.

  15. Beta2-Adrenoceptor Stimulation Suppresses TLR9-Dependent IFNA1 Secretion in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

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    Weisheit, Christina; Knüfermann, Pascal; Baumgarten, Georg; Hoeft, Andreas; Poth, Jens M.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction IFNA1 (interferon alpha) is a key cytokine regulating the activity of numerous immune cells. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) as natural interferon-producing cells play critical roles as sensors of pathogens and link innate to adaptive immunity. CpG motifs within DNA sequences activating toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) are the main stimuli eliciting IFNA1 secretion from pDCs. Adrenergic substances are capable of differentially modulating the response from various immune cells. Hence, the aim of this study was to examine how adrenoceptor stimulation influences TLR9-induced IFNA1 secretion from human pDCs. Methods PBMCs generated from human whole blood and pDCs enriched from buffy coats were stimulated with LPS and CpG-ODN 2336 in the presence or absence of epinephrine and different adrenoceptor antagonists. Secretion of TNF and IFNA1 was measured by ELISA. Flow cytometry was used to determine efficacy of pDC enrichment and adrenoceptor expression of PBMC subsets. The influence of modified IFNA1 secretion on NK cell activity was evaluated using a colorimetric tumor cell lysis assay. Results TLR9-induced IFNA1 secretion as well as TLR4-induced TNF secretion from PBMCs was dose-dependently attenuated by coincubation with epinephrine. Combination with different specific adrenoceptor antagonists revealed that this effect was mediated by the adrenoceptor β2 (ADRB2). Since flow cytometric analysis could exclude the presence of ADRB2 on pDCs, highly enriched pDCs lacked any visible impact of adrenoceptor stimulation on TLR9-induced IFNA1 release. Combination of pDCs with PBMCs restored the effect, even when they were separated by a permeable membrane. Suppression of TLR9-mediated IFNA1 secretion from PBMCs by adrenoceptor stimulation reduced the lytic activity of NK cells on K562 tumor cells. Conclusion We provide insights into the underlying mechanisms of the interrelation between immune responses and pharmacological agents widely used in clinical practice

  16. Effects of Spinal and Peripheral Injection of α1A or α1D Adrenoceptor Antagonists on Bladder Activity in Rat Models with or without Bladder Outlet Obstruction

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    Kim, Jae Heon; Shim, Ji Sung; Kang, Seung Chul; Shim, Kang Soo; Park, Jae Young; Moon, Du Geon; Lee, Jeong Gu

    2011-01-01

    Purpose Antagonists of α1-adrenergic receptors (α1ARs) relax prostate smooth muscle and relieve voiding and storage symptoms. Recently, increased expression of α1ARs with change of its subtype expression has been proved in bladder outlet obstruction (BOO). To search for the evidence of changes in α1ARs subtype expression and activity in the peripheral and spinal routes, the effects of spinal and peripheral administration of tamsulosin (an α1A/D-selective AR), naftopidil (an α1A/D-selective AR), and doxazosin (non-selective AR) on bladder activity were investigated in a rat model with or without BOO. Methods A total of 65 female Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into the BOO surgery group (n=47) and the sham surgery group (n=18). After 6 weeks, cystometry was assessed before and after intrathecal and intra-arterial administrations of tamsulosin, naftopidil, and doxazosin. Results After intra-arterial administrations of all three drugs, bladder capacity (BC) was increased and maximal intravesical pressure (Pmax) was decreased in both BOO and the sham rat models (P<0.05). After intrathecal administration of all three drugs, BC was increased and Pmax was decreased in only the BOO group. The episodes of involuntary contraction in the BOO rat models were decreased by intra-arterial administration (P=0.031). The increase of BC after intrathercal and intra-arterial administrations of α1ARs was significantly greater in the BOO group than in the sham group (P=0.023, P=0.041). In the BOO group, the increase of BC and decrease in Pmax were greater by intra-arterial administration than by intrathecal administration (P=0.035). There were no significant differences of the degrees of changes in the cystometric parameters among the three different α1ARs. Conclusions Up-regulations of the α1ARs in BOO were observed by the greater increases of BC after α1AR antagonist administrations in the BOO group than in the sham group. However, there were no subtype differences of the

  17. Binding of [3H]idazoxan and of its methoxy derivative [3H] RX821002 in human fat cells: [3H]idazoxan but not [3H] RX821002 labels additional non-alpha 2-adrenergic binding sites.

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    Langin, D; Paris, H; Lafontan, M

    1990-06-01

    Binding studies were carried out in human fat cell membranes with two alpha 2-adrenergic antagonists, [3H]idazoxan and its methoxy derivative [3H]RX821002. Inhibition studies with epinephrine enantiomers indicate that [3H]RX821002 only binds to alpha 2-adrenoceptors, whereas [3H]idazoxan labels alpha 2-adrenoceptors and additional nonadrenergic sites (NAIBS). NAIBS and alpha 2-adrenoceptors display different affinities towards drugs from various chemical families. Imidazoline and some guanidine derivatives exhibit a high affinity for NAIBS. Pharmacological studies of human NAIBS indicate that they are slightly different from those previously reported in the rabbit, suggesting the existence of several subtypes of NAIBS. Furthermore, NAIBS are different from the previously described "imidazoline-preferring sites." [3H]idazoxan and [3H]RX821002 saturation analyses were performed in human adipocytes from different anatomical locations, in order to compare the number of NAIBS and alpha 2-adrenoceptors. Although there was an important variation in NAIBS and alpha 2-adrenoceptor numbers in the studied samples, a very poor correlation was obtained between the Bmax values of the two sites. Moreover, alkylation of alpha 2-adrenoceptors by phenoxybenzamine produces a 90% reduction in accessible [3H]RX821002 binding sites, without modification of [3H]idazoxan binding. These data show that NAIBS are not closely related to the alpha 2-adrenergic molecule. In addition, benextramine appears to be a reversible competitor at NAIBS. [3H]idazoxan binding, but not [3H]RX821002 binding, is sensitive to K+, suggesting that the domains involved in the ligand-NAIBS interaction are different from those involved in the ligand-alpha 2-adrenoceptor interaction.

  18. Characterization of a novel small molecule subtype specific estrogen-related receptor alpha antagonist in MCF-7 breast cancer cells.

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    Chisamore, Michael J; Cunningham, Michael E; Flores, Osvaldo; Wilkinson, Hilary A; Chen, J Don

    2009-05-20

    The orphan nuclear receptor estrogen-related receptor alpha (ERRalpha) is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily. It was identified through a search for genes encoding proteins related to estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha). An endogenous ligand has not been found. Novel ERRalpha antagonists that are highly specific for binding to the ligand binding domain (LBD) of ERRalpha have been recently reported. Research suggests that ERRalpha may be a novel drug target to treat breast cancer and/or metabolic disorders and this has led to an effort to characterize the mechanisms of action of N-[(2Z)-3-(4,5-dihydro-1,3-thiazol-2-yl)-1,3-thiazolidin-2-yl idene]-5H dibenzo[a,d][7]annulen-5-amine, a novel ERRalpha specific antagonist. We demonstrate this ERRalpha ligand inhibits ERRalpha transcriptional activity in MCF-7 cells by luciferase assay but does not affect mRNA levels measured by real-time RT-PCR. Also, ERalpha (ESR1) mRNA levels were not affected upon treatment with the ERRalpha antagonist, but other ERRalpha (ESRRA) target genes such as pS2 (TFF1), osteopontin (SPP1), and aromatase (CYP19A1) mRNA levels decreased. In vitro, the ERRalpha antagonist prevents the constitutive interaction between ERRalpha and nuclear receptor coactivators. Furthermore, we use Western blots to demonstrate ERRalpha protein degradation via the ubiquitin proteasome pathway is increased by the ERRalpha-subtype specific antagonist. We demonstrate by chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) that the interaction between ACADM, ESRRA, and TFF1 endogenous gene promoters and ERRalpha protein is decreased when cells are treated with the ligand. Knocking-down ERRalpha (shRNA) led to similar genomic effects seen when MCF-7 cells were treated with our ERRalpha antagonist. We report the mechanism of action of a novel ERRalpha specific antagonist that inhibits transcriptional activity of ERRalpha, disrupts the constitutive interaction between ERRalpha and nuclear coactivators, and induces proteasome

  19. Integrin priming dynamics: mechanisms of integrin antagonist-promoted alphaIIbbeta3:PAC-1 molecular recognition.

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    Hantgan, Roy R; Stahle, Mary C

    2009-09-08

    This investigation addressed the paradox that disintegrins and small RGD-ligands readily bind to the resting alphaIIbbeta3 integrin, while macromolecules with similar integrin recognition motifs require an activated, or primed, receptor. Three structurally similar pharmaceutical integrin antagonists (eptifibatide, tirofiban, and roxifiban) were each incubated with resting alphaIIbbeta3; after drug wash-out, the receptor's ability to recognize PAC-1, an activation-dependent IgM with an RYD integrin-targeting site was measured. Their promotion of PAC-1:alphaIIbbeta3 binding (solid phase assay), eptifibatide > tirofiban > roxifiban, correlated with their ability to shift the receptor to an open conformer, as measured by analytical ultracentrifugation. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) demonstrated that PAC-1 bound rapidly (k(on) approximately 5 x 10(5) l/mol-s, 25 degrees C) and tightly (Kd approximately 1 nM) to eptifibatide-primed integrins, captured on a biosensor using an IgG specific for alphaIIb's cytoplasmic domain. Varying the interval between integrin capture and antagonist dissociation indicated that transiently primed alphaIIbbeta3 retains the ability to rapidly bind PAC-1 from 2-90 min, although the dissociation rate increased at later times, indicative of a weakening of the complex. Fluorescence anisotropy (fluorophore-tagged analogue exchange assay) demonstrated that eptifibatide dissociates rapidly from alphaIIbbeta3 (half-time <2 min), consistent with the priming window determined by SPR. van't Hoff analysis of alphaIIbbeta3:PAC-1's temperature-dependent Kd indicated entropy/enthalpy compensation, similar to (resting) integrin binding to the disintegrin echistatin. Eyring analysis of k(on) yielded DeltaG degrees approximately 10 kcal/mol for PAC-1 binding to primed alphaIIbbeta3, 3 kcal/mol lower than that of echistatin. These observations suggest that priming lowers the transition-state energy barrier, enabling rapid macromolecular ligand binding to

  20. Solution conformation of a neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist {alpha}-conotoxin OmIA that discriminates {alpha}3 vs. {alpha}6 nAChR subtypes

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    Chi, Seung-Wook; Kim, Do-Hyoung; Olivera, Baldomero M.; McIntosh, J. Michael; Han, Kyou-Hoon . E-mail: khhan600@kribb.re.kr

    2006-06-23

    {alpha}-Conotoxin OmIA from Conus omaria is the only {alpha}-conotoxin that shows a {approx}20-fold higher affinity to the {alpha}3{beta}2 over the {alpha}6{beta}2 subtype of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. We have determined a three-dimensional structure of {alpha}-conotoxin OmIA by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. {alpha}-Conotoxin OmIA has an '{omega}-shaped' overall topology with His{sup 5}-Asn{sup 12} forming an {alpha}-helix. Structural features of {alpha}-conotoxin OmIA responsible for its selectivity are suggested by comparing its surface characteristics with other functionally related {alpha}4/7 subfamily conotoxins. Reduced size of the hydrophilic area in {alpha}-conotoxin OmIA seems to be associated with the reduced affinity towards the {alpha}6{beta}2 nAChR subtype.

  1. Autoradiographic localization of beta-adrenoceptors in asthmatic human lung

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    Spina, D.; Rigby, P.J.; Paterson, J.W.; Goldie, R.G. )

    1989-11-01

    The autoradiographic distribution and density of beta-adrenoceptors in human non-diseased and asthmatic bronchi were investigated using (125I)iodocyanopindolol (I-CYP). Analysis of the effects of the beta-adrenoceptor antagonists on I-CYP binding demonstrated that betaxolol (20 nM, beta 1-selective) had no significant effect on specific grain density in either nonasthmatic or asthmatic human bronchus, whereas ICI-118551 (20 nM, beta 2-selective) inhibited I-CYP binding by 85 +/- 9% and 89 +/- 3%, respectively. Thus, homogeneous populations of beta 2-adrenoceptors existed in bronchi from both sources. Large populations of beta-adrenoceptors were localized to the bronchial epithelium, submucosal glands, and airway smooth muscle. Asthmatic bronchial tissue featured epithelial damage with exfoliated cells associated with luminal mucus plugs. A thickened basement membrane and airway smooth muscle hyperplasia were also evident. High levels of specific I-CYP binding were also detected over asthmatic bronchial smooth muscle, as assessed by autoradiography and quantitation of specific grain densities. Isoproterenol and fenoterol were 10- and 13-fold less potent, respectively, in bronchi from asthmatic lung than in those from nonasthmatic lung. However, this attenuated responsiveness to beta-adrenoceptor agonists was not caused by reduced beta-adrenoceptor density in asthmatic airways. A defect may exist in the coupling between beta-adrenoceptors and postreceptor mechanisms in severely asthmatic lung.

  2. Pharmacological and pharmacokinetic characterization of 2-piperazine-alpha-isopropyl benzylamine derivatives as melanocortin-4 receptor antagonists.

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    Chen, Chen; Tucci, Fabio C; Jiang, Wanlong; Tran, Joe A; Fleck, Beth A; Hoare, Sam R; Wen, Jenny; Chen, Takung; Johns, Michael; Markison, Stacy; Foster, Alan C; Marinkovic, Dragan; Chen, Caroline W; Arellano, Melissa; Harman, John; Saunders, John; Bozigian, Haig; Marks, Daniel

    2008-05-15

    A series of 2-piperazine-alpha-isopropylbenzylamine derivatives were synthesized and characterized as melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) antagonists. Attaching an amino acid to benzylamines 7 significantly increased their binding affinity, and the resulting compounds 8-12 bound selectively to MC4R over other melanocortin receptor subtypes and behaved as functional antagonists. These compounds were also studied for their permeability using Caco-2 cell monolayers and metabolic stability in human liver microsomes. Most compounds exhibited low permeability and high efflux ratio possibly due to their high molecular weights. They also showed moderate metabolic stability which might be associated with their moderate to high lipophilicity. Pharmacokinetic properties of these MC4R antagonists, including brain penetration, were studied in mice after oral and intravenous administrations. Two compounds identified to possess high binding affinity and selectivity, 10d and 11d, were studied in a murine cachexia model. After intraperitoneal (ip) administration of 1mg/kg dose, mice treated with 10d had significantly more food intake and weight gain than the control animals, demonstrating efficacy by blocking the MC4 receptor. Similar in vivo effects were also observed when 11d was dosed orally at 20mg/kg. These results provide further evidence that a potent and selective MC4R antagonist has potential in the treatment of cancer cachexia.

  3. Effects of iodoproxyfan, a potent and selective histamine H3 receptor antagonist, on alpha 2 and 5-HT3 receptors.

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    Schlicker, E; Pertz, H; Bitschnau, H; Purand, K; Kathmann, M; Elz, S; Schunack, W

    1995-07-01

    We determined the affinity and/or potency of the novel H3 receptor antagonist iodoproxyfan at alpha 2 and 5-HT3 receptors. Iodoproxyfan and rauwolscine (a reference alpha 2 ligand) (i) monophasically displaced 3H-rauwolscine binding to rat brain cortex membranes (pKi 6.79 and 8.59); (ii) facilitated the electrically evoked tritium overflow from superfused mouse brain cortex slices preincubated with 3H-noradrenaline (pEC50 6.46 and 7.91) and (iii) produced rightward shifts of the concentration-response curve (CRC) of (unlabelled) noradrenaline for its inhibitory effect on the evoked overflow (pA2 6.65 and 7.88). In the guinea-pig ileum, iodoproxyfan 6.3 mumol/l failed to evoke a contraction by itself but depressed the maximum of the CRC of 5-hydroxytryptamine (pD'2 5.24). Tropisetron (a reference 5-HT3 antagonist) produced rightward shifts of the CRC of 5-hydroxytryptamine (pA2 7.84). In conclusion, the affinity/potency of iodoproxyfan at H3 receptors (range 8.3-9.7 [1]) exceeds that at alpha 2 receptors by at least 1.5 log units and that at 5-HT3 receptors by at least 3 log units.

  4. Endothelial α1-adrenoceptors regulate neo-angiogenesis

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    Ciccarelli, M; Santulli, G; Campanile, A; Galasso, G; Cervèro, P; Altobelli, G G; Cimini, V; Pastore, L; Piscione, F; Trimarco, B; Iaccarino, G

    2007-01-01

    Background and purpose: Intact endothelium plays a pivotal role in post-ischaemic angiogenesis. It is a phenomenon finely tuned by activation and inhibition of several endothelial receptors. The presence of α1-adrenoceptors on the endothelium suggests that these receptors may participate in regenerative phenomena by regulating the responses of endothelial cells involved in neo-angiogenesis. Experimental approach: We evaluated the expression of the subtypes of the α1-adrenoceptor in isolated endothelial cells harvested from Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats. We explored the possibility these α1-adrenoceptors may influence the pro-angiogenic phenotype of endothelial cells in vitro. In vivo, we used a model of hindlimb ischaemia in WKY rats, to assess the effects of α1 adrenoceptor agonist or antagonist on angiogenesis in the ischaemic hindlimb by laser Doppler blood flow measurements, digital angiographies, hindlimb perfusion with dyed beads and histological evaluation. Key results: In vitro, pharmacological antagonism of α1-adrenoceptors in endothelial cells from WKY rats by doxazosin enhanced, while stimulation of these adrenoceptors with phenylephrine, inhibited endothelial cell proliferation and DNA synthesis, ERK and retinoblastoma protein (Rb) phosphorylation, cell migration and tubule formation. In vivo, we found increased α1-adrenoceptor density in the ischaemic hindlimb, compared to non-ischaemic hindlimb, suggesting an enhanced α1-adrenoceptor tone in the ischaemic tissue. Treatment with doxazosin (0.06 mg kg−1 day−1 for 14 days) did not alter systemic blood pressure but enhanced neo-angiogenesis in the ischaemic hindlimb, as measured by all our assays. Conclusions: Our findings support the hypothesis that the α1-adrenoceptors in endothelial cells provide a negative regulation of angiogenesis. PMID:18084315

  5. Molecular and functional characteristics of β3-adrenoceptors in late pregnant mouse uterus: a comparison with β2-adrenoceptors.

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    Parida, Subhashree; Uttam Singh, Thakur; Ravi Prakash, Vellanki; Mishra, Santosh K

    2013-01-30

    β(3)-adrenoceptor is a potential target for uterine relaxant drugs for the treatment of preterm labor. Mouse is an ideal experimental model for preterm labor. However, there is limited information on the molecular and functional characteristics of β(3)-adrenoceptors in mouse uterus. Therefore, the current study was undertaken to characterize the β(3)-adrenoceptors in late pregnant mouse uterus by molecular and functional experiments and to compare their expression and function with the β(2)-adrenoceptors. Using RT-PCR, we demonstrated the presence of β(3)-adrenoceptor mRNA in the mouse uterus. Accordingly, selective β(3)-adrenoceptor agonist SAR150640 (ethyl-4-{trans-4-[((2S)-2-hydroxy-3-{4-hydroxy-3[(methylsulfonyl)amino]-phenoxy}propyl)amino]cyclohexyl}benzoate hydrochloride) caused concentration-dependent relaxation of the isolated tissue. SR59230A (1 μM), a selective antagonist of β(3)-adrenoceptors, antagonized the relaxant response to SAR150640. Using real-time PCR we found that in comparison to β(3)-adrenoceptor mRNA, β(2)-adrenoceptor mRNA is predominantly expressed in the late pregnant mouse uterus. We then assessed the comparative efficiency of different β-adrenoceptor agonists, such as SAR150640, salbutamol and isoprenaline to relax the tissue. SAR150640 (pD(2) 6.64±0.21, E(max) 104.9±7.95), salbutamol (pD(2) 8.57±0.062, E(max) 103.1±3.22) and isoprenaline (pD(2) 9.48±0.084, E(max) 102.9±5.18) caused concentration-dependent inhibition of uterine rhythmic contractions. While the maximal relaxation to these agonists was comparable, the order of potency was isoprenaline>salbutamol>SAR. These results suggest that β(3)-adrenoceptor mRNA is present in the pregnant mouse uterus and is functionally active. The predominance of β(2)- over β(3)-adrenoceptor expression may explain variable potency amongst the β-adrenoceptor agonists.

  6. Pharmacological pleiotropism of the human recombinant α1A-adrenoceptor: implications for α1-adrenoceptor classification

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    Ford, Anthony P D W; Daniels, Donald V; Chang, David J; Gever, Joel R; Jasper, Jeffrey R; Lesnick, John D; Clarke, David E

    1997-01-01

    Three fully-defined α1-adrenoceptors (α1A, α1B and α1D) have been established in pharmacological and molecular studies. A fourth α1-adrenoceptor, the putative α1L-adrenoceptor, has been defined in functional but not molecular studies, and has been proposed to mediate contraction of human lower urinary tract tissues; its relationship to the three fully characterized α1-adrenoceptors is not known. In the present study, binding affinities were estimated by displacement of [3H]-prazosin in membrane homogenates of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-K1) cells stably expressing the human α1A-, α1B- and α1D-adrenoceptors and were compared with affinity estimates obtained functionally in identical cells by measuring inhibition of noradrenaline (NA)-stimulated accumulation of [3H]-inositol phosphates. For the α1A-adrenoceptor, binding studies revealed a pharmacological profile typical for the classically defined α1A-adrenoceptor, such that prazosin, RS-17053, WB 4101, 5-methylurapidil, Rec 15/2739 and S-niguldipine all displayed subnanomolar affinity. A different profile of affinity estimates was obtained in inositol phosphates accumulation studies: prazosin, WB 4101, 5-methylurapidil, RS-17053 and S-niguldipine showed 10 to 40 fold lower affinity than in membrane binding. However, affinity estimates were not ‘frameshifted', as tamsulosin, indoramin and Rec 15/2739 yielded similar, high affinity estimates in binding and functional assays. In contrast, results from human α1B- and α1D-adrenoceptors expressed in CHO-K1 cells gave antagonist affinity profiles in binding and functional assays that were essentially identical. A concordance of affinity estimates from the functional (inositol phosphates accumulation) studies of the α1A-adrenoceptor in CHO-K1 cells was found with estimates published recently from contractile studies in human lower urinary tract tissues (putative α1L-adrenoceptor). These data show that upon functional pharmacological analysis, the

  7. Certolizumab pegol: a TNF-{alpha} antagonist for the treatment of moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease.

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    Smith, Lisa S; Nelson, Michael; Dolder, Christian R

    2010-02-01

    To review certolizumab pegol for the treatment of moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease (CD). Clinical studies were identified through MEDLINE (1966-October 1, 2009), bibliographies of articles, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, clinicaltrials.gov, fda.gov, and New Drug Approval documents (www.accessdata.fda.gov). Search terms were CDP 870, certolizumab pegol, Cimzia, Crohn's disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Human studies describing pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety of certolizumab pegol were identified. Phase 2 and Phase 3 randomized controlled trials and observational studies were reviewed, with emphasis given to Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials. Certolizumab pegol is a tumor necrosis factor-alfa (TNF-alpha) antagonist, approved for the treatment of moderate-to-severe CD that is failing conventional therapy. It is an antigen-binding fragment (Fab') portion of an immunoglobulin G antibody attached to a polyethylene glycol moiety. In 2 Phase 3 randomized, placebo-controlled trials, certolizumab pegol was effective in inducing clinical response compared with placebo. Common adverse effects during clinical trials were upper respiratory tract infection, urinary tract infection, and arthralgia. Serious infection occurred in 3% of patients. The 4 published controlled trials for the use of certolizumab pegol in the treatment of CD share similar limitations with other studies of TNF-alpha antagonists including high placebo response, natural course of disease fluctuation, and the use of Crohn's Disease Activity Index to assess outcomes. However, certolizumab pegol is an effective agent for adults with moderate-to-severe CD with less than optimal response to conventional therapy. Long-term efficacy and safety data are unavailable. Certolizumab pegol and adalimumab, unlike infliximab, can be self-administered. With similarity in cost and the lack of head-to-head comparisons, patient and physician preference may determine choice of TNF-alpha antagonist.

  8. Pharmacological evaluation of in vivo tests for alpha 2-adrenoceptor blockade in the central nervous system and the effects of the enantiomers of mianserin and its aza-analog ORG 3770.

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    Gower, A J; Broekkamp, C L; Rijk, H W; Van Delft, A M

    1988-01-01

    A series of compounds with actions on the central nervous system was tested for antagonism of clonidine-induced sleep in chicks and clonidine-induced mydriasis in rats for the purpose of evaluating these methods as tests for demonstrating an in vivo alpha 2-adrenoceptor blocking effect of a novel compound. Clonidine-induced mydriasis was found to be the most selective method. The order of potency for compounds fully antagonizing clonidine-induced mydriasis was MSD 26 greater than physostigmine = idazoxan greater than aptazapine greater than piperoxan greater than yohimbine greater than mianserin greater than tolazoline. Partial antagonism was found for quipazine and sulpiride. Misleading results can arise from the involvement of cholinergic mechanisms in the control of the pupil diameter. The order of potency for compounds antagonizing clonidine-induced sleep in chicks was apomorphine greater than yohimbine greater than idazoxan greater than aptazapine = MSD 26 greater than quipazine greater than methysergide greater than piperoxan = mianserin = bepridil = metergoline = cyproheptadine = desipramine greater than tolazoline greater than dexchlorpheniramine, although antagonism was not complete for all of these compounds. Misleading results can arise from effects on arousal of the chicks but cholinergic mechanisms do not play a disturbing role so that the method with chicks can be a useful supplement to the mydriasis method. The enantiomers of mianserin and of a compound related to mianserin, Org 3770, were tested in the 2 methods and the alpha 2-blocking effect of these compounds was found to be residing in the S(+)-enantiomers.

  9. Synthesis and structure-activity relationships of a new model of arylpiperazines. 8. Computational simulation of ligand-receptor interaction of 5-HT(1A)R agonists with selectivity over alpha1-adrenoceptors.

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    López-Rodríguez, María L; Morcillo, Maria José; Fernández, Esther; Benhamú, Bellinda; Tejada, Ignacio; Ayala, David; Viso, Alma; Campillo, Mercedes; Pardo, Leonardo; Delgado, Mercedes; Manzanares, Jorge; Fuentes, José A

    2005-04-07

    We have designed and synthesized a new series of arylpiperazines V exhibiting high 5-HT(1A)R affinity and selectivity over alpha(1)-adrenoceptors. The new selective 5-HT(1A)R ligands contain a hydantoin (m = 0) or diketopiperazine (m = 1) moiety and an arylpiperazine moiety separated by one methylene unit (n = 1). The aryl substituent of the piperazine moiety (Ar) consists of different benzofused rings mimicking the favorable voluminous substituents at ortho and meta positions predicted by 3D-QSAR analysis in the previously reported series I. In particular, (S)-2-[[4-(naphth-1-yl)piperazin-1-yl]methyl]-1,4-dioxoperhydropyrrolo[1,2-a]pyrazine [(S)-9, CSP-2503] (5-HT(1A), K(i) = 4.1 nM; alpha(1), K(i) > 1000 nM) has been pharmacologically characterized as a 5-HT(1A)R agonist at somatodendritic and postsynaptic sites, endowed with anxiolytic properties. Ligand (S)-9 is predicted, in computer simulations, to bind Asp(3.32) in TMH 3, Thr(5.39) and Ser(5.42) in TMH 5, and Trp(6.48) in TMH 6. We propose that agonists modify, by means of an explicit hydrogen bond, the conformation of Trp(6.48) from pointing toward TMH 7, in the inactive gauche+ conformation, to pointing toward the ligand binding site, in the active trans conformation.

  10. Ginkgolides, diterpene trilactones of Ginkgo biloba, as antagonists at recombinant alpha1beta2gamma2L GABAA receptors.

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    Huang, Shelley H; Duke, Rujee K; Chebib, Mary; Sasaki, Keiko; Wada, Keiji; Johnston, Graham A R

    2004-06-28

    Ginkgolides A, B, and C are diterpene trilactones and active constituents of the 50:1 Ginkgo biloba leaf extract widely used in the symptomatic treatment of mild to moderate dementia. Using the two-electrode voltage clamp methodology, these ginkgolides were found to be moderately potent antagonists at recombinant human alpha(1)beta(2)gamma(2L) GABA(A) receptors expressed in Xenopus oocytes. Ginkgolides A, B, and C inhibited the direct action of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) with K(i) values of 14.5+/-1.0, 12.7+/-1.7, and 16.3+/-2.4 microM respectively. Antagonism by these ginkgolides at alpha(1)beta(2)gamma(2L) GABA(A) receptors appears to be noncompetitive as indicated by the nonparallel right shift and reduced maximal GABA response in their GABA concentration-effect curves.

  11. Closed headpiece of integrin [alpah]IIb[beta]3 and its complex with an [alpha]IIb[beta]3-specific antagonist that does not induce opening

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    Zhu, Jieqing; Zhu, Jianghai; Negri, Ana; Provasi, Davide; Filizola, Marta; Coller, Barry S.; Springer, Timothy A.

    2011-08-24

    The platelet integrin {alpha}{sub IIb}{beta}{sub 3} is essential for hemostasis and thrombosis through its binding of adhesive plasma proteins. We have determined crystal structures of the {alpha}{sub IIb}{beta}{sub 3} headpiece in the absence of ligand and after soaking in RUC-1, a novel small molecule antagonist. In the absence of ligand, the {alpha}{sub IIb}{beta}{sub 3} headpiece is in a closed conformation, distinct from the open conformation visualized in presence of Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) antagonists. In contrast to RGD antagonists, RUC-1 binds only to the {alpha}{sub IIb} subunit. Molecular dynamics revealed nearly identical binding. Two species-specific residues, {alpha}{sub IIb} Y190 and {alpha}{sub aIIb} D232, in the RUC-1 binding site were confirmed as important by mutagenesis. In sharp contrast to RGD-based antagonists, RUC-1 did not induce {alpha}{sub IIb}{beta}{sub 3} to adopt an open conformation, as determined by gel filtration and dynamic light scattering. These studies provide insights into the factors that regulate integrin headpiece opening, and demonstrate the molecular basis for a novel mechanism of integrin antagonism.

  12. Effects of (−)-RO363 at human atrial β-adrenoceptor subtypes, the human cloned β3-adrenoceptor and rodent intestinal β3-adrenoceptors

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    Molenaar, Peter; Sarsero, Doreen; Arch, Jonathan R S; Kelly, John; Henson, Sian M; Kaumann, Alberto J

    1997-01-01

    Chronic treatment of patients with β-blockers causes atrial inotropic hyperresponsiveness through β2-adrenoceptors, 5-HT4 receptors and H2-receptors but apparently not through β1-adrenoceptors despite data claiming an increased β1-adrenoceptor density from homogenate binding studies. We have addressed the question of β1-adrenoceptor sensitivity by determining the inotropic potency and intrinsic activity of the β1-adrenoceptor selective partial agonist (−)-RO363 and by carrying out both homogenate binding and quantitative β-adrenoceptor autoradiography in atria obtained from patients treated or not treated with β-blockers. In the course of the experiments it became apparent that (−)-RO363 also may cause agonistic effects through the third atrial β-adrenoceptor. To assess whether (−)-RO363 also caused agonistic effects through β3-adrenoceptors we studied its relaxant effects in rat colon and guinea-pig ileum, as well as receptor binding and adenylyl cyclase stimulation of chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells expressing human β3-adrenoceptors. β-Adrenoceptors were labelled with (−)-[125I]-cyanopindolol. The density of both β1- and β2-adrenoceptors was unchanged in the 2 groups, as assessed with both quantitative receptor autoradiography and homogenate binding. The affinities of (−)-RO363 for β1-adrenoceptors (pKi=8.0–7.7) and β2-adrenoceptors (pKi=6.1–5.8) were not significantly different in the two groups. (−)-RO363 increased atrial force with a pEC50 of 8.2 (β-blocker treated) and 8.0 (non-β-blocker treated) and intrinsic activity with respect to (−)-isoprenaline of 0.80 (β-blocker treated) and 0.54 (non-β-blocker treated) (P<0.001) and with respect to Ca2+ (7 mM) of 0.65 (β-blocker treated) and 0.45 (non-β-blocker treated) (P<0.01). The effects of (−)-RO363 were resistant to antagonism by the β2-adrenoceptor antagonist, ICI 118,551 (50 nM). The effects of 0.3–10 nM (−)-RO363 were antagonized by 3–10 nM of the

  13. The alpha2 adrenoreceptor agonist clonidine suppresses evoked and spontaneous seizures, whereas the alpha2 adrenoreceptor antagonist idazoxan promotes seizures in amygdala-kindled kittens.

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    Shouse, Margaret N; Scordato, John C; Farber, Paul R; de Lanerolle, Nihal

    2007-03-16

    Microinfusion of alpha2 adrenoreceptor agonists and antagonists into amygdala has contrasting effects on evoked and spontaneous seizure susceptibility in amygdala-kindled kittens. Subjects were 14 preadolescent kittens between 3 and 4 months old at the beginning of kindling. The same protocol was followed except that half the kittens received microinfusions (1 mul) of the alpha2 agonist clonidine (CLON; 1.32 nmol), and half received the alpha2 antagonist idazoxan (IDA; 0.33 nmol). Infusions were made over 1 min through needles inserted into cannulae adjacent to stimulating electrodes in the kindled amygdala, and evoked seizures were tested 10-12 min later. The results were: (1) CLON elevated seizure thresholds obtained once at the beginning and end of kindling, but only when compared to sham control values (needle insertion only) in the same animals; IDA significantly reduced thresholds. (2) CLON retarded and IDA accelerated kindling rate, defined as the number of afterdischarges (ADs) required to achieve the first stage 6 seizure or generalized tonic-clonic convulsion (GTC). These effects were most pronounced on the emergence of seizure "generalization" stages (3-6) from "focal" seizure stages (1-2). (3) CLON prevented onset of spontaneous seizures, whereas IDA precipitated onset of spontaneous seizures in 100% of the animals before or during the 5-week post-kindling follow-up during which seizures were evoked once each work day. The study confirms previous findings in kindled rodents to show that CLON and IDA can have opposing effects on kindling development in kittens and is the first report to show contrasting effects on spontaneous epileptogenesis in kindled animals as well.

  14. The alpha1 adrenergic receptor antagonist prazosin reduces heroin self-administration in rats with extended access to heroin administration.

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    Greenwell, Thomas N; Walker, Brendan M; Cottone, Pietro; Zorrilla, Eric P; Koob, George F

    2009-01-01

    Previous studies have reported that noradrenergic antagonists alleviate some of the symptoms of opiate withdrawal and dependence. Clinical studies also have shown that modification of the noradrenergic system may help protect patients from relapse. The present study tested the hypothesis that a dysregulated noradrenergic system has motivational significance in heroin self-administration of dependent rats. Prazosin, an alpha1-adrenergic antagonist (0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 mg/kg, i.p.), was administered to adult male Wistar rats with a history of limited (1 h/day; short access) or extended (12 h/day; long access) access to intravenous heroin self-administration. Prazosin dose-dependently reduced heroin self-administration in long-access rats but not short-access rats, with 2 mg/kg of systemic prazosin significantly decreasing 1 h and 2 h heroin intake. Prazosin also reversed some changes in meal pattern associated with extended heroin access, including the taking of smaller and briefer meals (at 3 h), while also increasing total food intake and slowing the eating rate within meals (both 3 h and 12 h). Thus, prazosin appears to stimulate food intake in extended access rats by restoring meals to the normal size and duration. The data suggest that the alpha1 adrenergic system may contribute to mechanisms that promote dependence in rats with extended access.

  15. The influence of alpha1-adrenoreceptors on neuropeptide release from primary sensory neurons of the lower urinary tract.

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    Trevisani, Marcello; Campi, Barbara; Gatti, Raffaele; André, Eunice; Materazzi, Serena; Nicoletti, Paola; Gazzieri, David; Geppetti, Pierangelo

    2007-09-01

    Adrenergic alpha(1)-receptors agonists and antagonists have been reported to increase and reduce, respectively, neurogenic inflammatory responses mediated by capsaicin-sensitive sensory neurons. However, the precise role and localization of the alpha(1)-adrenoceptors involved in these effects are not known. We have studied in the rat whether functional alpha(1)-adrenoreceptors are expressed in primary sensory neurons, and whether they regulate neurogenic inflammation and nociceptive responses in the urinary bladder. The alpha(1)-adrenoreceptor agonist phenylephrine (1 micromol/l) (1) mobilized intracellular Ca(2+) in cultured lumbar and sacral dorsal root ganglia neurons, (2) caused the release of substance P (SP) from terminals of capsaicin-sensitive sensory neurons from the lumbar enlargement of the dorsal spinal cord and urinary bladder, and (3) increased plasma protein extravasation in the urinary bladder. All these effects were abolished by the alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist alfuzosin (10 micromol/l). Furthermore, alfuzosin (30 microg/kg, i.v.) partially, but significantly, inhibited cyclophosphamide-induced plasma protein extravasation in the rat urinary bladder. Phenylephrine-induced Ca(2+) mobilization in cultured dorsal root ganglia neurons was exaggerated by pretreating the rats in vivo with cyclophosphamide. Finally, cyclophosphamide increased c-fos expression in the rat lumbar spinal cord. Also these in vitro and in vivo effects were inhibited by pretreatment with alfuzosin. Alpha(1)-adrenoceptors are functionally expressed by capsaicin-sensitive, nociceptive, primary sensory neurons of the rat urinary tract, and their activation may contribute to signal irritative and nociceptive responses arising from the urinary tract. It is possible that, at least, part of the beneficial effects of alpha(1)-adrenoceptor antagonists in the amelioration of storage symptoms in the lower urinary tract derives from their inhibitory effect on neurogenic inflammatory

  16. Alpha2-adrenoceptor-independent inhibition of acetylcholine receptor channel and sodium channel by dexmedetomidine in rat superior cervical ganglion neurons.

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    Yang, L; Tang, J; Dong, J; Zheng, J

    2015-03-19

    Both central and peripheral sympathetic nervous systems contribute to the cardiovascular effects of dexmedetomidine (DMED), a highly selective and widely used a2-adrenoceptor agonist for sedation, analgesia, and stress management. The central sympatholytic effects are augmented by peripheral inhibition of sympathetic ganglion transmission. The mechanism is not clear. In this research, using conventional patch-clamp recordings we investigated the direct effects of DMED on sodium (Na(+)) channel currents (INa) and nicotinic acetylcholine (ACh) receptor (nAChRs) channel currents (IACh) in rat superior cervical ganglion (SCG) neurons to explore the possible mechanisms of sympathetic ganglion transmission inhibition by DMED. DMED voltage-dependently suppressed INa with half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) values of 67.2±9.6μM and 26.1±5.3μM at holding potentials of -80mV and -60mV, respectively. The inhibition of Na(+) channels by DMED was also frequency dependent. 100μM DMED shifted the Na(+) channel inactivation curves to the hyperpolarizing direction by 9.8mV (P<0.01) and slowed the recovery from inactivation by 8.9ms (P<0.01), but no effects were seen on the shape of the current-voltage relationship or Na(+) channels activation curves. DMED dose-dependently inhibited IACh with an IC50 value of 5.5±2.4μM in SCG neurons, and this inhibition was voltage-independent. DMED pretreatment followed by fast co-application of DMED and ACh produced a significantly larger IACh inhibition than without DMED pretreatment. Yohimbine, phentolamine, and atropine pretreatment did not alter the inhibitory effects of DMED on INa and IACh. In conclusion, DMED dose-dependently inhibits INa and IACh in rat SCG neurons by preferential binding to the inactivated state of the Na(+) channels and the closed state (resting) of nAChR channels respectively. Both inhibitions are a2-adrenoceptor independent. Furthermore, the nAChR channels in rat SCG neurons are much more sensitive to

  17. Alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist-mediated inhibition of [3H]noradrenaline release from rat hippocampus is reduced by 4-aminopyridine, but that caused by an adenosine analogue or omega-conotoxin is not.

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    Hu, P S; Fredholm, B B

    1989-07-01

    The inhibitory effect of an adenosine analogue, R-PIA, and an alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist, UK 14,304, on [3H]NA efflux from field-stimulated rat hippocampal slices was examined. The effect of 0.1 microM UK 14,304 was mimicked by 30 nM omega-conotoxin and by 10 microM cadmium chloride, inhibitors of N- and L-type Ca2+ channels. R-PIA (1 microM) had no effect per se, but caused a clear-cut inhibition after blockade of the pre-synaptic alpha 2-receptor by yohimbine. 4-Aminopyridine (4-AP) caused a dose-dependent increase in evoked transmitter release. At 30 microM 4-AP did not affect the actions of omega-conotoxin or cadmium chloride. The pre-synaptic effect of R-PIA was similarly unaffected by 30 microM 4-AP. The pre-synaptic effect of UK 14,304 was virtually abolished by 4-AP (30 microM). The effect of UK 14,304 (0.1 microM) could be partly restored by reducing the Ca2+ concentration during treatment with 4-AP (22% inhibition compared to 42% with normal Ca2+). The magnitude of increase in evoked [3H]NA efflux by yohimbine (1 microM) was decreased by 4-AP in a concentration-dependent manner from 142% increase in controls to 21% at 100 microM 4-AP. The present results indicate that NA release is reduced by somewhat different mechanisms by pre-synaptic alpha 2- and adenosine A1-receptors. Furthermore, the results indicate that pre-synaptic A1-receptors on hippocampal NA neurons do not primarily regulate 4-AP-dependent potassium channels, but they might act directly on a Ca2+ conductance.

  18. Catecholamines released from the adrenal medulla exert a compensatory, protective effect at beta 2-adrenoceptors against Paf-induced death in mice.

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    Criscuoli, M; Subissi, A

    1988-01-01

    1. The effects of a number of drugs and experimental conditions, which inhibit or stimulate adrenergic function, were evaluated on platelet-activating factor (Paf)-induced death in conscious mice. 2. Adrenalectomy markedly potentiated Paf toxicity, while guanethidine and reserpine did not. However, reserpine, which produced a virtually complete depletion of catecholamines (CA) in cardiac tissue, was not able to reduce adrenal CA by more than 58%. Drugs which release noradrenaline from the adrenergic nerve terminals, such as tyramine and amphetamine, did not protect mice from Paf toxicity, while drugs or conditions which favour the release of CA from the adrenal medulla, such as urethane and cold-induced stress, did. 3. beta 2- and beta 1 + beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonists (ICI 118551, propranolol and nadolol), but not beta 1-antagonists (atenolol, practolol, metoprolol and CGP 20712 A), potentiated Paf toxicity at low doses; beta 2- and beta 1 + beta 2-agonists (salbutamol, fenoterol and isoprenaline), but not beta 1-agonists (prenalterol and tazolol) were potent inhibitors of Paf toxicity. alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists did not exert significant effects. Propranolol did not appear to enhance the hypotensive action of Paf in pentobarbitone-anaesthetized mice. 4. It is concluded that manipulation of the release of CA from the adrenal medulla, but not from adrenergic nerves, has profound effects on Paf toxicity in mice. A number of considerations support the hypothesis that bronchoconstriction is a major determinant of Paf-induced death in mice.

  19. How important is the α1 adrenoceptor in primate and rodent proximal urethra? Sex differences in the contribution of α1 adrenoceptor to urethral contractility.

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    Alexandre, Eduardo C; de Oliveira, Mariana G; Campos, Rafael; Kiguti, Luiz Ricardo A; Calmasini, Fabiano B; Silva, Fábio H; Grant, Andrew D; Yoshimura, Naoki; Antunes, Edson

    2017-03-15

    Urethral smooth muscle (USM) contributes to urinary continence by contracting during the urine storage phase, which is mainly mediated by activation of post-junctional α1-adrenoceptors. Males and females show differences in the functioning of the lower urinary tract and the most common urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). LUTS in men typically occur in association with bladder outlet obstruction, whereas in women urinary urge-incontinence symptoms are more common. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate sex differences in α1-adrenoceptor subtype expression and their importance in proximal urethra contraction in mouse (C57BL6/J) and marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). Contractile responses to phenylephrine, noradrenaline, potassium chloride (KCl) and electrical-field stimulation (EFS) were evaluated. Phenylephrine, noradrenaline, KCl and EFS produced markedly greater contractions in male mice and marmoset USM compared with females. The sex differences remained unchanged by L-NAME (NOS inhibitor), atropine (muscarinic antagonist) and PPADS (P2X1 purinoceptor antagonist). Additionally, selective α1A- (but not α1B- and α1D) adrenoceptor antagonists significantly reduced phenylephrine-induced USM contractions. qRT-PCR for α1A, B and C-adrenoceptor subtypes revealed a marked presence of α1A adrenoceptor subtype in male USM, but not females. Male mouse urethra also exhibited a higher tyrosine hydroxylase mRNA expression. Histomorphometric analysis showed a greater USM area in male than female mice. In conclusion, male mouse and marmoset proximal USM shows strong α1A adrenoceptor-induced contractions and abundant α1A adrenoceptor expression, whereas α1A adrenoceptor-mediated mechanisms are much less important in females. The differential expression of α1-adrenoceptors in the proximal urethra may contribute to the higher incidence of urinary incontinence in women and obstructed voiding in men.

  20. Effects of (-)-RO363 at human atrial beta-adrenoceptor subtypes, the human cloned beta 3-adrenoceptor and rodent intestinal beta 3-adrenoceptors.

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    Molenaar, P; Sarsero, D; Arch, J R; Kelly, J; Henson, S M; Kaumann, A J

    1997-01-01

    1. Chronic treatment of patients with beta-blockers causes atrial inotropic hyperresponsiveness through beta 2-adrenoceptors, 5-HT4 receptors and H2-receptors but apparently not through beta 1-adrenoceptors despite data claiming an increased beta 1-adrenoceptor density from homogenate binding studies. We have addressed the question of beta 1-adrenoceptor sensitivity by determining the inotropic potency and intrinsic activity of the beta 1-adrenoceptor selective partial agonist (-)-RO363 and by carrying out both homogenate binding and quantitative beta-adrenoceptor autoradiography in atria obtained from patients treated or not treated with beta-blockers. In the course of the experiments it became apparent that (-)-RO363 also may cause agonistic effects through the third atrial beta-adrenoceptor. To assess whether (-)-RO363 also caused agonistic effects through beta 3-adrenoceptors we studied its relaxant effects in rat colon and guinea-pig ileum, as well as receptor binding and adenylyl cyclase stimulation of chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells expressing human beta 3-adrenoceptors. 2. beta-Adrenoceptors were labelled with (-)-[125I]-cyanopindolol. The density of both beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptors was unchanged in the 2 groups, as assessed with both quantitative receptor autoradiography and homogenate binding. The affinities of (-)-RO363 for beta 1-adrenoceptors (pKi = 8.0-7.7) and beta 2-adrenoceptors (pKi = 6.1-5.8) were not significantly different in the two groups. 3. (-)-RO363 increased atrial force with a pEC50 of 8.2 (beta-blocker treated) and 8.0 (non-beta-blocker treated) and intrinsic activity with respect to (-)-isoprenaline of 0.80 (beta-blocker treated) and 0.54 (non-beta-blocker treated) (P < 0.001) and with respect to Ca2+ (7 mM) of 0.65 (beta-blocker treated) and 0.45 (non-beta-blocker treated) (P < 0.01). The effects of (-)-RO363 were resistant to antagonism by the beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, ICI 118,551 (50 nM). The effects of 0.3-10 nM (-)-RO

  1. Alpha2C-adrenoceptor Del322-325 polymorphism and risk of psychiatric disorders: significant association with opiate abuse and dependence.

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    Rivero, Guadalupe; Martín-Guerrero, Idoia; de Prado, Elena; Gabilondo, Ane M; Callado, Luis F; García-Sevilla, Jesús A; García-Orad, África; Meana, J Javier

    2016-06-01

    Objectives α2C-adrenoceptors (α2C-AR) are involved in behavioural responses relevant to psychiatric disorders and suicide completion. The genetic polymorphism α2CDel322-325-AR confers a loss-of-function phenotype. Functional human studies have associated α2CDel322-325-AR polymorphism with major depression pathophysiology. The aim of this study was to analyse, for the first time, the association of α2CDel322-325-AR polymorphism with suicide completion and with related psychiatric disorders: major depression, schizophrenia, opiate and alcohol abuse and dependence. Methods Post-mortem brain DNA was extracted (n = 516) and genotyping performed by HaeIII restriction endonuclease digestion of PCR products and DNA fragment analysis on capillary sequencer. Amplified products were sequenced to confirm the presence of the polymorphism. Results The frequency of α2CDel322-325-AR in suicide (9%, n = 236) and non-suicide victims (11%, n = 280) was similar. Genotype frequencies for the α2CDel322-325-AR polymorphism in depressed (15%, n = 39) and schizophrenic subjects (18%, n = 39) were higher than in controls (7%, n = 187), but these differences did not reach statistical significance (P = 0.125 and P = 0.063, respectively). A selective and significant association of α2CDel322-325-AR polymorphism with opiate abuse and dependence was found (23%, n = 35, P = 0.011). Conclusions Our results indicate that α2CDel322-325-AR may play a role in the pathophysiology of opiate abuse and dependence and raise the interest for larger genetic associative studies.

  2. Changes in adrenoceptors and monoamine metabolism in neonatal and adult rat brain after postnatal exposure to the antihypertensive labetalol.

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    Erdtsieck-Ernste, E. B.; Feenstra, M. G.; Botterblom, M. H.; De Barrios, J.; Boer, G. J.

    1992-01-01

    1. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the acute (single injection), direct (chronic treatment) and the long-lasting effects after exposure to the alpha 1/beta-adrenoceptor antagonist labetalol during rat brain development on adrenoceptors and monoamine metabolism. 2. In 10-day-old rat pups, subcutaneously administered labetalol (10 mg kg-1) passed the blood-brain barrier, reaching a level of 2.1 micrograms g-1 tissue in the brain 90 min after injection. 3. Chronic labetalol treatment (10 mg kg-1, s.c., twice daily) during the first 10 days of life significantly increased alpha 1-adrenoceptor binding in the hypothalamus (+39%), but not in the occipital cortex. 4. This chronic postnatal labetalol treatment did not result in long-lasting changes in alpha 1- and beta-receptors measured on day 60. 5. A single labetalol injection (10 mg kg-1, s.c.) on postnatal day 10 significantly increased noradrenaline (NA) metabolism in all brain regions tested (+25 to 105%), but had no effects on 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) or dopamine metabolism. 6. Chronic labetalol treatment between postnatal (PN) days 1 and 10 also increased NA metabolism on PN 10 (3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG)/NA, +20 to 100%), suggesting that tolerance to the acute effect of labetalol did not occur. A slight increase in 5-HT metabolism (20%) was induced by the chronic labetalol treatment in the hippocampus and meso-limbic system. 7. In general, long-lasting effects on NA metabolism could not be detected on day 60 more than one month after the treatment. However, 5-HT metabolism was significantly increased in all four brain regions measured (+20 to 70%). 8. We conclude that chronic labetalol exposure during early postnatal rat brain development does not cause long-lasting changes in beta-receptor number or NA metabolism, but appears to be critical for the rate of 5-HT metabolism in later life. PMID:1596689

  3. Profiling of the Tox21 10K compound library for agonists and antagonists of the estrogen receptor alpha signaling pathway

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    Huang, Ruili; Sakamuru, Srilatha; Martin, Matt T.; Reif, David M.; Judson, Richard S.; Houck, Keith A.; Casey, Warren; Hsieh, Jui-Hua; Shockley, Keith R.; Ceger, Patricia; Fostel, Jennifer; Witt, Kristine L.; Tong, Weida; Rotroff, Daniel M.; Zhao, Tongan; Shinn, Paul; Simeonov, Anton; Dix, David J.; Austin, Christopher P.; Kavlock, Robert J.; Tice, Raymond R.; Xia, Menghang

    2014-01-01

    The U.S. Tox21 program has screened a library of approximately 10,000 (10K) environmental chemicals and drugs in three independent runs for estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) agonist and antagonist activity using two types of ER reporter gene cell lines, one with an endogenous full length ERα (ER-luc; BG1 cell line) and the other with a transfected partial receptor consisting of the ligand binding domain (ER-bla; ERα β-lactamase cell line), in a quantitative high-throughput screening (qHTS) format. The ability of the two assays to correctly identify ERα agonists and antagonists was evaluated using a set of 39 reference compounds with known ERα activity. Although both assays demonstrated adequate (i.e. >80%) predictivity, the ER-luc assay was more sensitive and the ER-bla assay more specific. The qHTS assay results were compared with results from previously published ERα binding assay data and showed >80% consistency. Actives identified from both the ER-bla and ER-luc assays were analyzed for structure-activity relationships (SARs) revealing known and potentially novel ERα active structure classes. The results demonstrate the feasibility of qHTS to identify environmental chemicals with the potential to interact with the ERα signaling pathway and the two different assay formats improve the confidence in correctly identifying these chemicals. PMID:25012808

  4. Detomidine and the combination of detomidine and MK-467, a peripheral alpha-2 adrenoceptor antagonist, as premedication in horses anaesthetized with isoflurane.

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    Pakkanen, Soile Ae; Raekallio, Marja R; Mykkänen, Anna K; Salla, Kati M; de Vries, Annemarie; Vuorilehto, Lauri; Scheinin, Mika; Vainio, Outi M

    2015-09-01

    To investigate MK-467 as part of premedication in horses anaesthetized with isoflurane. Experimental, crossover study with a 14 day wash-out period. Seven healthy horses. The horses received either detomidine (20 μg kg(-1) IV) and butorphanol (20 μg kg(-1) IV) alone (DET) or with MK-467 (200 μg kg(-1) IV; DET + MK) as premedication. Anaesthesia was induced with ketamine (2.2 mg kg(-1) ) and midazolam (0.06 mg kg(-1) ) IV and maintained with isoflurane. Heart rate (HR), mean arterial pressure (MAP), end-tidal isoflurane concentration, end-tidal carbon dioxide tension, central venous pressure, fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2 ) and cardiac output were recorded. Blood samples were taken for blood gas analysis and to determine plasma drug concentrations. The cardiac index (CI), systemic vascular resistance (SVR), ratio of arterial oxygen tension to inspired oxygen (Pa O2 /FiO2 ) and tissue oxygen delivery (DO2 ) were calculated. Repeated measures anova was applied for HR, CI, MAP, SVR, lactate and blood gas variables. The Student's t-test was used for pairwise comparisons of drug concentrations, induction times and the amount of dobutamine administered. Significance was set at p < 0.05. The induction time was shorter, reduction in MAP was detected, more dobutamine was given and HR and CI were higher after DET+MK, while SVR was higher with DET. Arterial oxygen tension and Pa O2 /FiO2 (40 minutes after induction), DO2 and venous partial pressure of oxygen (40 and 60 minutes after induction) were higher with DET+MK. Plasma detomidine concentrations were reduced in the group receiving MK-467. After DET+MK, the area under the plasma concentration time curve of butorphanol was smaller. MK-467 enhances cardiac function and tissue oxygen delivery in horses sedated with detomidine before isoflurane anaesthesia. This finding could improve patient safety in the perioperative period. The dosage of MK-467 needs to be investigated to minimise the effect of MK-467 on MAP. © 2014 Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists and the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.

  5. Effects of the myocardial-selective alpha 1-adrenoceptor antagonist UK-52046 and atenolol, alone and in combination, on experimental cardiac arrhythmias in dogs.

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    Uprichard, A. G.; Harron, D. W.; Wilson, R.; Shanks, R. G.

    1988-01-01

    1. Adrenaline-induced arrhythmias in anaesthetized dogs respired with halothane were attenuated in 3 groups of 6 dogs by either UK-52046, 3.8 +/- 1.4 micrograms kg-1 (mean +/- s.e.mean), atenolol 14.6 +/- 2.1 micrograms kg-1, or a combination containing equal amounts of the two drugs of 0.36 +/- 0.1 microgram kg-1. The pressor response to adrenaline was reduced (P less than 0.01) by UK-52046 but not by atenolol or the combination of both drugs. 2. In a group of 6 dogs with multiventricular ectopic beats 24 h after coronary artery ligation (CAL), UK-52046, 32 micrograms kg-1, increased the number of sinus beats in each 5 min period from 137 +/- 47 to 662 +/- 99 (P less than 0.01); this was associated with a significant (P less than 0.01) fall in blood pressure. Atenolol in doses of up to 800 micrograms kg-1 had no effect. 3. UK-52046, 3.7 +/- 1.4 micrograms kg-1, prevented adrenaline-induced arrhythmias 3-4 days after CAL in 6/6 conscious dogs; atenolol in doses of up to 100 micrograms kg-1 produced an 84.4 +/- 7.4% reduction in the number of ventricular ectopic beats. A combination containing 3.7 +/- 1.1 micrograms kg-1 of each drug prevented the arrhythmia in 6/6 dogs. The pressor response to adrenaline was attenuated (P less than 0.05) by UK-52046, but resting blood pressure was unaffected by the different treatments. An increase (P less than 0.01) in heart rate was associated with both UK-52046 and the combination. 4. Neither UK-52046 (doses up to 64 micrograms kg-1) nor atenolol (up to 800 micrograms kg-1) had any effect upon ouabain-induced arrhythmias in 2 groups of 6 anaesthetized dogs. 5. In a study of the early (1a/1b) arrhythmias of acute myocardial ischaemia, the total number of ventricular ectopic beats occurring within 30 min of CAL was not reduced by 4 micrograms kg-1 UK-52046 but fell (P less than 0.01 compared with placebo) after 8 micrograms kg-1 [median values with ranges for placebo, 4 micrograms kg-1 and 8 micrograms kg-1 respectively 190 (4-674), 246 (9-1204) and 12 (1-154)]. Both doses of UK-52046 were associated with significant falls in blood pressure. 6. The arrhythmias produced by programmed electrical stimulation were studied in 2 groups of 6 conscious dogs, 7-30 days after CAL. With placebo, 4/6 dogs remained unchanged and 2 died: UK-52046 prevented arrhythmias in 2/6, 2 remained unchanged and 2 died (P = 0.29).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) PMID:2905912

  6. Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders with the Alpha-1 Adrenergic Antagonist Prazosin.

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    Simon, Philippe Yves Rémy; Rousseau, Pierre-François

    2017-03-01

    The present review aims to assess the clinical efficacy and safety of the α-1-adrenergic antagonist prazosin as primary pharmacologic treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A systematic review was performed using keywords (i.e., prazosin, α-1-adrenergic antagonist, α-1-blocker, post-traumatic stress disorder) in the databases PubMed/Medline (1966-May 2016), Embase (1966-May 2016), ScienceDirect (1823-May 2016), OvidSP (1946-May 2016) and Nature (1845-May 2016). To be considered for inclusion, studies had to test the efficacy of prazosin either alone or added to ongoing treatment in adults with PTSD, use validated tools to assess and monitor the disorders, allow comparisons on the basis of univariate analyses (i.e., p-values of t-tests and effect sizes) and list the identified adverse reactions. 12 studies were included: 5 randomized controlled trials, 4 open-label prospective trials and 3 retrospective file reviews. The evaluation concerned 276 patients exposed to civilian trauma (19%) or war trauma (81%). Prazosin significantly decreases trauma nightmares, avoidance, hypervigilance and improves patient status in all studies. No significant difference of blood pressure was observed at the end of trials. Beyond the methodological and clinical biases of these studies, the present review not only confirms the effectiveness and good tolerability of prazosin, but also suggests its possible use as primary pharmacologic treatment for PTSD. Uncertainties remain, however, regarding the prescription modalities and dosages.

  7. Mediation of most atypical effects by species homologues of the beta 3-adrenoceptor.

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    Blin, N.; Nahmias, C.; Drumare, M. F.; Strosberg, A. D.

    1994-01-01

    1. A wide panel of compounds acting on beta-adrenoceptors active either in mammalian heart or in rodent digestive tract and adipose tissues, were investigated for their effects on Chinese hamster ovary cells transfected with the human or murine beta 3-adrenoceptor gene. 2. The beta 3-agonists, bucindolol, CGP 12177A and pindolol exhibited the highest binding affinities; BRL 37344, LY 79771, ICI 201651 and SR 58611A presented high potencies in stimulating adenylyl cyclase; bupranolol appeared as the most efficient beta 3-antagonist. 3. This pharmacological analysis further established that the beta 3-adrenoceptor is the prototype of the adipose tissue atypical beta-adrenoceptor, since these receptors share a number of pharmacological properties which differ strikingly from those of beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptors: low affinities for conventional beta-adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists, high potencies for novel compounds active in adipose tissues, partial agonistic activities for several beta 1/beta 2-antagonists. 4. Although the pharmacological profiles of the human and murine beta 3-receptor were very similar, some quantitative or even qualitative differences were observed for particular compounds such as propranolol, which exhibited weak and partial agonistic effects at the human beta 3-receptors and antagonistic effects at the murine beta 3-receptors. These differences may result from key amino-acid substitutions between the human and the murine beta 3-receptor sequences, which may alter the binding site or signal processing.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7921620

  8. Autoradiographic characterization of beta-adrenoceptors in rat heart valve leaflets

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    Pinto, J.E.; Nazarali, A.J.; Torda, T.; Saavedra, J.M.

    1989-03-01

    beta-Adrenoceptors were localized and characterized in valve leaflets of the rat heart. Sixteen micrometer-thick tissue sections containing the mitral and aortic valves were incubated with (-)3-(/sup 125/I)iodocyanopindolol followed by autoradiography with computerized microdensitometry and comparison with /sup 125/I-labeled standards. beta-Adrenoceptors were present in all the valves studied. The selective beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist CGP 20712 A (100 nM) displaced not more than 20% of the total binding sites, suggesting that most of the beta-adrenoceptors in the valve leaflets are of the beta 2-subtype. Forskolin-binding sites were detected in the mitral valve leaflet by incubation of adjacent tissue sections with (12-/sup 3/H)forskolin. Our results indicate that catecholamines could regulate the function of the heart valves through stimulation of beta 2-adrenoceptors.

  9. Discovery of 5-Chloro-1-(5-chloro-2-(methylsulfonyl)benzyl)-2-imino-1,2-dihydropyridine-3-carboxamide (TAK-259) as a Novel, Selective, and Orally Active α1D Adrenoceptor Antagonist with Antiurinary Frequency Effects: Reducing Human Ether-a-go-go-Related Gene (hERG) Liabilities.

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    Sakauchi, Nobuki; Kohara, Yasuhisa; Sato, Ayumu; Suzaki, Tomohiko; Imai, Yumi; Okabe, Yuichi; Imai, Shigemitsu; Saikawa, Reiko; Nagabukuro, Hiroshi; Kuno, Haruhiko; Fujita, Hisashi; Kamo, Izumi; Yoshida, Masato

    2016-04-14

    A novel structural class of iminopyridine derivative 1 was identified as a potent and selective human α1D adrenoceptor (α1D adrenergic receptor; α1D-AR) antagonist against α1A- and α1B-AR through screening of an in-house compound library. From initial structure-activity relationship studies, we found lead compound 9m with hERG K(+) channel liability. To develop analogues with reduced hERG K(+) channel inhibition, a combination of site-directed mutagenesis and docking studies was employed. Further optimization led to the discovery of (R)-9s and 9u, which showed antagonistic activity by a bladder strip test in rats with bladder outlet obstruction, as well as ameliorated cystitis-induced urinary frequency in rats. Ultimately, 9u was selected as a clinical candidate. This is the first study to show the utility of iminopyridine derivatives as selective α1D-AR antagonists and evaluate their effects in vivo.

  10. A circulating IgG in Chagas' disease which binds to beta-adrenoceptors of myocardium and modulates their activity.

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    Borda, E; Pascual, J; Cossio, P; De La Vega, M; Arana, R; Sterin-Borda, L

    1984-01-01

    It has been shown that sera from chagasic patients with positive EVI serology could act in co-operation with complement or normal human lymphocytes as a partial beta-adrenoceptor agonist increasing the contractile tension and frequency of isolated rat atria, as occurs with IgG purified from chagasic serum. In this paper we demonstrated that IgG present in chagasic patients sera could bind to the beta-adrenoceptors of the heart and stimulate contractile activity of myocardium. The positive inotropic and chronotropic effect could be blocked by the specific beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist but not by the beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonist. Chagasic IgG inhibited the binding of (-) 3H-DHA to beta-adrenoceptors of purified rat myocardial membranes behaving as non-competitive inhibitors. The reactivity of chagasic serum or IgG with beta 1-adrenoceptor was lost after absorptions with turkey red blood cells. In contrast, guinea-pig red blood cells were unable to remove the beta 1 reactivity of chagasic serum or chagasic IgG. This supports the specificity of beta 1-adrenoceptors of the chagasic IgG and the independence of beta 1-adrenoceptor reactivity in relation to the EVI system. Clinical specificity of the beta 1-adrenoceptor reactivity seems rather high in Chagas' disease since it was lacking in 14 individuals with other cardiopathies, such as ischaemic and rheumatic heart disease, even after heart surgery. PMID:6088139

  11. Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders with the Alpha-1 Adrenergic Antagonist Prazosin

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    Rousseau, Pierre-François

    2016-01-01

    Objective: The present review aims to assess the clinical efficacy and safety of the α-1-adrenergic antagonist prazosin as primary pharmacologic treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Method: A systematic review was performed using keywords (i.e., prazosin, α-1-adrenergic antagonist, α-1-blocker, post-traumatic stress disorder) in the databases PubMed/Medline (1966–May 2016), Embase (1966–May 2016), ScienceDirect (1823–May 2016), OvidSP (1946–May 2016) and Nature (1845–May 2016). To be considered for inclusion, studies had to test the efficacy of prazosin either alone or added to ongoing treatment in adults with PTSD, use validated tools to assess and monitor the disorders, allow comparisons on the basis of univariate analyses (i.e., p-values of t-tests and effect sizes) and list the identified adverse reactions. Results: 12 studies were included: 5 randomized controlled trials, 4 open-label prospective trials and 3 retrospective file reviews. The evaluation concerned 276 patients exposed to civilian trauma (19%) or war trauma (81%). Prazosin significantly decreases trauma nightmares, avoidance, hypervigilance and improves patient status in all studies. No significant difference of blood pressure was observed at the end of trials. Conclusions: Beyond the methodological and clinical biases of these studies, the present review not only confirms the effectiveness and good tolerability of prazosin, but also suggests its possible use as primary pharmacologic treatment for PTSD. Uncertainties remain, however, regarding the prescription modalities and dosages. PMID:27432823

  12. Role of digital artery adrenoceptors in Raynaud's disease.

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    Cooke, J P; Creager, S J; Scales, K M; Ren, C; Tsapatsaris, N P; Beetham, W P; Creager, M A

    1997-01-01

    adrenergic antagonist. In the Raynaud's patients, during the intra-arterial infusion of the vehicle, cooling induced a 68.2 +/- 7.8% reduction in finger blood flow. Infusion of either adrenergic antagonist blunted, but did not qualitatively alter, the response to cold. Finger blood flow is less in patients with Raynaud's disease than in normal subjects when studied in a 22 degrees C room. In normal subjects, postjunctional alpha 1-adrenergic receptors appear to predominate in the control of digital vasoconstriction. Postjunctional alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors play an equal role in adrenergic regulation of finger blood flow in patients with Raynaud's disease. In both normal and Raynaud's subjects, selective antagonism of alpha 1- or alpha 2-adrenergic receptors does not abolish local cold-induced vasoconstriction. Therefore, it is likely that a nonadrenergic mechanism contributes to local cold-induced vasoconstriction.

  13. A new class of bacterial quorum sensing antagonists: glycomonoterpenols synthesized using linalool and alpha terpineol.

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    Mukherji, Ruchira; Prabhune, Asmita

    2015-06-01

    With increasing burden of antibiotic resistant microorganism search for newer drug targets and potent drug molecules is a never ending scenario. Quorum sensing (QS), the phenomenon of bacterial cross-talk, is one such target that has captured the attention of many and has been touted as the future of new age antimicrobials. Quorum sensing has the potential to regulate a plethora of bacterial virulence phenotypes and search of molecules with powerful quorum sensing inhibitory (QSI) capacity are underway. Monoterpene alcohols like linalool and alpha terpineol have been shown to possess antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activity. However in this article we attempt to bring forth a new class of compounds, glycomonoterpenols, derived from monoterpenoids alcohols. These glycomonoterpenols have been synthesized using Candida bombicola ATCC 22214 by feeding the cells with linalool and alpha terpineol respectively as substrates in 10% glucose, production medium. The advantage of these molecules over their parent compound is their additional surfactant like property, increased solubility and enhanced QSI potential. A variety of gram-negative bacteria capable of elaborating quorum sensing mediated phenotypes have been selected and both these glycoterpenoid derivatives have been shown to possess strong anti-QS activity.

  14. Alpha-adrenergic modulation of synaptic transmission in rabbit pancreatic ganglia.

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    Yi, Eunyoung; Love, Jeffrey A

    2005-10-30

    Pancreatic ganglia contain noradrenergic nerve terminals whose role in ganglionic transmission is unknown. Intracellular recordings from rabbit pancreatic neurons were used to study the effects of alpha-adrenergic agonists and antagonists on ganglionic transmission and to determine if endogenously released norepinephrine contributed to synaptic depression. Significant regional differences in alpha adrenergic effects were observed. In neurons from ganglia of the head/neck region norepinephrine or selective alpha(2) agonists presynaptically inhibited ganglionic transmission and this effect was antagonized by the alpha(2) antagonist yohimbine. In the majority of cells membrane hyperpolarization accompanied presynaptic inhibition during superfusion of alpha(2) agonists. Repetitive nerve stimulation evoked a presynaptic post-train depression (PTD) of ganglionic transmission in all neurons tested. A combination of nisoxetine (selective inhibitor of the norepinephrine transporter) and tyramine (releaser of endogenous catecholamines) increased PTD. Pretreatment with clonidine inhibited synaptic transmission and abolished PTD while yohimbine did not affect it. Pretreatment with guanethidine (>or=3.5 h) also failed reduce PTD while neurons unresponsive to alpha(2) adrenoceptor agonists routinely exhibited PTD, implying the presence of other inhibitory neurotransmitters sharing a common presynaptic mechanism with alpha(2) agonists. In the majority of neurons from ganglia of the body region superfusion of norepinephrine or the selective alpha(1) agonist phenylephrine evoked membrane depolarization and facilitated ganglionic transmission. These effects were antagonized by the alpha(1) antagonist prazosin. The remaining neurons exhibited either alpha(2)-mediated synaptic inhibition or no-response. In conclusion, inhibitory alpha(2) and excitatory alpha(1) adrenoceptors exist in pancreatic ganglia and predominate in the head/neck and body, respectively. Norepinephrine, released

  15. High concentrations of dexmedetomidine inhibit compound action potentials in frog sciatic nerves without α2 adrenoceptor activation

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    Kosugi, Toshifumi; Mizuta, Kotaro; Fujita, Tsugumi; Nakashima, Mikio; Kumamoto, Eiichi

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Dexmedetomidine, an α2-adrenoceptor agonist, exhibits anti-nociceptive actions at the spinal cord and enhances the effect of local anaesthetics in the peripheral nervous system. Although the latter action may be attributed in part to inhibition of nerve conduction produced by dexmedetomidine, this has not been fully examined yet. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH We examined the effects of various adrenoceptor agonists including dexmedetomidine, and tetracaine, a local anaesthetic, on compound action potentials (CAPs) recorded from the frog sciatic nerve, using the air-gap method. KEY RESULTS Dexmedetomidine reversibly and concentration-dependently reduced the peak amplitude of CAPs (IC50 = 0.40 mmol·L−1). This action was not antagonized by two α2-adrenoceptor antagonists, yohimbine and atipamezole; the latter antagonist itself reduced CAP peak amplitude. Clonidine and oxymetazoline, two other α2-adrenoceptor agonists, also inhibited CAPs; the maximum effect of clonidine was only 20%, while oxymetazoline was less potent (IC50 = 1.5 mmol·L−1) than dexmedetomidine. On the other hand, (±)-adrenaline, (±)-noradrenaline, α1-adrenoceptor agonist (-)-phenylephrine and β-adrenoceptor agonist (-)-isoprenaline (each 1 mmol·L−1) had no effect on CAPs. Tetracaine reversibly reduced CAP peak amplitude (IC50 of 0.014 mmol·L−1). CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS Dexmedetomidine reduced CAP peak amplitude without α2-adrenoceptor activation (at concentrations >1000-fold higher than those used as α2 adrenoceptor agonist), with a lower potency than tetracaine. CAPs were inhibited by other α2 adrenoceptor agonists, oxymetazoline and clonidine, and also an α2 adrenoceptor antagonist atipamezole. Thus, some drugs acting on α2 adrenoceptors are able to block nerve conduction. PMID:20649570

  16. Characterization of the postjunctional α2C-adrenoceptor mediating vasoconstriction to UK14304 in porcine pulmonary veins

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    Görnemann, T; von Wenckstern, H; Kleuser, B; Villalón, C M; Centurión, D; Jähnichen, S; Pertz, H H

    2007-01-01

    Background and purpose: In terms of postjunctional α2-adrenoceptors in the pulmonary circulation, no evidence is available with regard to the receptor subtypes mediating vasoconstriction. Therefore, we characterized the α2-adrenoceptor subtypes mediating contraction in isolated porcine pulmonary veins. Experimental approach: α-adrenoceptor-mediated vasoconstriction was studied using a tissue bath protocol. mRNA profile and relative quantification of α2-adrenoceptor subtypes were determined in porcine pulmonary veins using reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and real-time PCR. Key results: In porcine pulmonary veins, noradrenaline, phenylephrine (α1-adrenoceptor agonist), UK14304 and clonidine (α2-adrenoceptor agonists) caused concentration-dependent contractions. The rank order of agonist potency was: NA≈UK14304≈clonidine > phenylephrine. UK14304 responses were antagonised by MK912 (noncompetitive antagonist parameter pD'2: 10.1), rauwolscine (pKB: 9.5), yohimbine (pKB: 9.1), WB4101 (pKB: 8.7), ARC239 (pKB: 7.5), prazosin (pKB: 7.1) and BRL44408 (pKB: 7.0). Antagonist potencies fitted best with radioligand binding data (pKi) at the human recombinant α2C-adrenoceptor (r2 = 0.96, P = 0.0001). Correlation with α2B-adrenoceptors was lower (r2 = 0.74, P > 0.01) and no correlation was obtained with α2A-adrenoceptors. Moreover, RT-PCR studies in porcine pulmonary veins showed mRNA signals for α2A- and α2C-adrenoceptors, but not for α2B-adrenoceptors, whilst real-time PCR studies indicated a prominent expression of α2C-adrenoceptor mRNA. Conclusions and Implications: Postjunctional α2C-adrenoceptors mediated contraction in porcine pulmonary veins. α1-Adrenoceptors also seem to be present in this tissue. Since α2-adrenoceptor responsiveness is increased when pulmonary vascular tone is elevated, α2C-adrenoceptor antagonists may be beneficial in diseases such as pulmonary hypertension or congestive heart failure. PMID:17375080

  17. The pharmacology of epanolol (ICI 141292)--a new beta 1-selective adrenoceptor partial agonist.

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    Bilski, A J; Hadfield, S E; Wale, J L

    1988-08-01

    The clinical benefit of beta-adrenoceptor partial agonists is still debated. To clarify the situation, epanolol, ICI 141,292 [N-[-2-(3-o-cyanophenoxy-2-hydroxypropylamino)ethyl]-4- hydroxyphenylactamide], has been developed to assess the role of modest beta-adrenoceptor partial agonist activity in humans. Animal studies have shown that epanolol is a potent beta-adrenoceptor partial agonist with a greater affinity for beta 1- than beta 2-adrenoceptors. In vitro, the PA2 values obtained for espanolol at atrial and tracheal beta-adrenoceptors were 8.42 and 6.33, respectively (isoproterenol as agonist), giving a selectivity ratio of 123. The potency was studied in vivo in the dog, where it was also shown that as an antagonist at the cardiac beta 1-adrenoceptor, it was 18 and 40 times more potent than atenolol and practolol, respectively. Espanolol has less partial agonist activity in the rat than pindolol, but more than practolol. In this species, it is also a classical partial agonist, exhibiting agonist activity at all beta-adrenoceptor blocking doses. This is in contrast to pindolol, which caused predominantly beta-adrenoceptor blockade at low doses and partial agonist activity at higher doses. These differences were confirmed in haemodynamic studies in the dog. In contrast to many other partial agonists, the partition coefficient, log P, of epanolol in octanol and water is low (0.92).

  18. β1 -Adrenoceptor, but not β2 -adrenoceptor, subtype regulates heart rate in type 2 diabetic rats in vivo.

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    Cook, Rosalind F; Bussey, Carol T; Mellor, Kimberley M; Cragg, Patricia A; Lamberts, Regis R

    2017-08-01

    What is the central question of the study? The sympathetic system regulates heart rate via β-adrenoceptors; this is impaired during diabetes. However, the specific β-adrenoceptor subtype contributions in heart rate regulation in diabetes in vivo are unknown. What is the main finding and its importance? Telemetric recordings in conscious non-diabetic and type 2 diabetic rats demonstrated that the β1 -adrenoceptor subtype, and not the β2 -adrenoceptor, regulated the lower resting heart rate and increased β-adrenoceptor responsiveness in diabetes in vivo. This provides new physiological insight into the dysregulation of heart rate in type 2 diabetes, which is important for improving therapeutic strategies targeting the diabetic chronotropic incompetence. β-Adrenoceptor blockers are widely used to reduce heart rate, the strongest predictor of mortality in cardiac patients, but are less effective in diabetic patients. This study aimed to determine the specific contributions of β1 - and β2 -adrenoceptor subtypes to chronotropic responses in type 2 diabetes in vivo, which are currently unknown. Type 2 diabetic and non-diabetic rats were implanted with radiotelemeters to measure arterial blood pressure and derive heart rate in conscious conditions. Vascular access ports were implanted to inject isoprenaline (β1 - and β2 -adrenoceptor agonist, 0.1-300 μg kg(-1) ) in the presence of atenolol (β1 -adrenoceptor antagonist, 2000 μg kg(-1) ) or nadolol (β1 - and β2 -adrenoceptor agonist, 4000 μg kg(-1) ) to determine the chronotropic contributions of the β-adrenoceptor subtypes. Resting heart rate was reduced in diabetic rats (388 ± 62 versus 290 ± 37 beats min(-1) non-diabetic versus diabetic, P < 0.05, mean ± SD), which remained after atenolol or nadolol administration. Overall β-adrenoceptor chronotropic responsiveness was increased in diabetic rats (change in heart rate at highest dose of isoprenaline: 135 ± 66 versus 205 ± 28

  19. Differential vascular α1-adrenoceptor antagonism by tamsulosin and terazosin

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    Schäfers, Rafael F; Fokuhl, Bernd; Wasmuth, Andrea; Schumacher, Helmut; Taguchi, Katsunari; de Mey, Christian; Philipp, Thomas; Michel, Martin C

    1999-01-01

    Aims In patients with lower urinary tract symptoms suggestive of benign prostatic obstruction the α1-adrenoceptor antagonist terazosin lowers blood pressure whereas only very small if any alterations were reported with the α1-adrenoceptor antagonist tamsulosin. Therefore, we have compared the vascular α1-adrenoceptor antagonism of tamsulosin and terazosin directly. Methods Ten healthy subjects were investigated in a randomized, single-blind, three-way cross-over design and received a single dose of 0.4 mg tamsulosin, 5 mg terazosin or placebo on 3 study days at least 1 week apart. Before and 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 and 23.5 h after drug intake, alterations of diastolic blood pressure and other haemodynamic parameters in response to a graded infusion of the α1-adrenoceptor agonist phenylephrine were determined non-invasively. Results At most time points tamsulosin inhibited phenylephrine-induced diastolic blood pressure elevations significantly less than terazosin (5 h time point: median difference in inhibition 35%, 95% CI: 18.7–50.3%). On the other hand, phenylephrine-induced changes of cardiac output, heart rate and stroke volume were similar during both active treatments. Conclusions In doses equi-effective for treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms tamsulosin causes less inhibition of vasoconstriction than terazosin. PMID:10073742

  20. Selective alpha adrenergic antagonist reduces severity of transient hypertension during sexual stimulation after spinal cord injury.

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    Phillips, Aaron A; Elliott, Stacy L; Zheng, Mei M Z; Krassioukov, Andrei V

    2015-03-15

    On a daily basis, the majority of those with high-level spinal cord injury have autonomic dysreflexia, which describes a life-threatening episode of transient extreme hypertension (i.e., as high as 300 mm Hg) as many as 90% of people living with this condition. Unfortunately, ejaculation is a major initiating factor for autonomic dysreflexia, which discourages sexual activity. In order to obtain a sperm specimen, or for initial assessment of fertility, penile vibrostimulation is clinically performed. Nifedipine, a selective calcium channel blocker, is the most commonly prescribed pharmaceutical for a priori management of autonomic dysreflexia secondary to ejaculation or other causes; however, it is limited because of its potential exacerbation of low resting pressure, which also affects this population. The present study examined the effect of a short-acting selective α1 antagonist (prazosin) on autonomic dysreflexia severity using a randomized placebo trial during medically supervised penile vibrostimulation in six males with cervical spinal cord injury. Beat-by-beat blood pressure and heart rate were recorded throughout penile vibrostimulation during placebo and prazosin-treated days. The increase in systolic blood pressure was mitigated during vibrostimulation in subjects administered prazosin as compared with those administered placebo (+140±19 mm Hg vs. +96±14 mmHg; p<0.05). On average, the peak in systolic blood pressure was 46 mm Hg lower during penile vibrostimulation when patients were administered prazosin (p<0.05), whereas resting blood pressure was not affected. Prazosin appears to be effective at reducing the severity of autonomic dysreflexia during sexual stimulation in patients with spinal cord injury, without exacerbating resting hypotension in high-level spinal cord injury.

  1. beta-Adrenoceptor agonists enhance 5-hydroxytryptamine-mediated behavioural responses.

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    Cowen, P. J.; Grahame-Smith, D. G.; Green, A. R.; Heal, D. J.

    1982-01-01

    The beta-adrenoceptor agonists, salbutamol, terbutaline and clenbuterol, were investigated for their effect on 5-hydroxytryptamine-mediated (5-HT) hyperactivity. 2 The lipophilic beta-adrenoceptor agonist, clenbuterol (5 mg/kg) enhanced the behaviours induced by quipazine (25 mg/kg), including headweaving, forepaw treading and hind-limb abduction and thus increased automated activity recording. Clenbuterol (5 mg/kg) also enhanced the hyperactivity syndrome produced by the 5-HT agonist, 5-methoxy N,N-dimethyltryptamine (2 mg/kg) and the combination of tranylcypromine (10 mg/kg) and L-tryptophan (50 mg/kg). Salbutamol and terbutaline potentiated quipazine-induced hyperactivity only when given at the higher dose of 20 mg/kg. 3 The effect of clenbuterol in enhancing quipazine hyperactivity was blocked by the centrally acting beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist, metoprolol (5 mg/kg), but not by the beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, butoxamine (5 mg/kg) or the peripherally acting beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist, atenolol (5 mg/kg). 4 Clenbuterol (5 mg/kg) did not enhance the circling responses produced by methamphetamine (0.5 mg/kg) in unilateral nigrostriatal-lesioned rats. 5 The results suggest that beta-adrenoceptor agonists in common with some established antidepressant treatments produce enhancement of 5-HT-mediated behavioural responses. PMID:6124294

  2. Prazosin has low potency at α1A-adrenoceptors and high potency at α1D -adrenoceptors in rat vas deferens.

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    Docherty, J R

    2013-10-01

    (1) We have investigated α1 -adrenoceptor subtypes mediating contractions to noradrenaline in epididymal portions of rat vas deferens. (2) Contractions to noradrenaline were investigated in the absence or presence of the noradrenaline transporter blocker cocaine. (3) In the absence of cocaine, contractions to noradrenaline were potently antagonized by RS100329, but not by BMY7378, and so are mediated mainly by α1A -adrenoceptors. (4) In the presence of cocaine, noradrenaline potency was increased, particularly in terms of low concentrations and phasic contractions. Contractions to low concentrations of noradrenaline in the presence of cocaine were resistant to RS100329 but potently antagonized by BMY7378, demonstrating that α1D-adrenoceptors are additionally involved in contractions amplified by cocaine. (5) In the absence of cocaine, prazosin exhibited relatively low potency as an antagonist against the α1A-adrenoceptor-mediated component to the response. In the presence of cocaine, prazosin exhibited higher potency against the α1D-adrenoceptor-mediated component. (6) In conclusion, prazosin has previously unreported selectivity for α1D-over α1A -adrenoceptors in functional studies of rat vas deferens. Contractions of rat vas deferens are mediated by α1A-and α1D -adrenoceptors. The range of prazosin potencies and of receptor subtypes previously reported in rat vas deferens may be explained by the presence of these two subtypes.

  3. The affinity of betaxolol, a beta 1-adrenoceptor-selective blocking agent, for beta-adrenoceptors in the bovine trachea and heart.

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    Satoh, E.; Narimatsu, A.; Hosohata, Y.; Tsuchihashi, H.; Nagatomo, T.

    1993-01-01

    1. The specificity of betaxolol, a beta-adrenoceptor antagonist, for beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptors was compared with that of other beta-antagonists, atenolol, ICI-118551, butoxamine and (+/-)-propranolol, in the bovine trachea and heart by competitive interaction with [3H]-CGP12177 as a radioligand. 2. The radioligand Kd values were 0.75 +/- 0.12 and 1.60 +/- 0.11 nM in the trachea and heart, respectively, and the Bmax values were 34.00 +/- 4.41 and 21.54 +/- 2.94 fmol mg-1 protein, respectively. 3. Using ICI-118551, we determined the ratio of beta 1:beta 2-adrenoceptors in the trachea and heart to be approximately 29:71 and 56:44, respectively. 4. In the trachea, a beta 2-predominant tissue, betaxolol and atenolol were more selective for beta 1-adrenoceptor binding sites than beta 2-adrenoceptor binding sites, whereas ICI-118551 and butoxamine were more selective for beta 2-adrenoceptor binding sites. 5. The beta 1-selectivity of betaxolol was 2.2 and 2.7 fold higher than that of atenolol in the bovine trachea and heart. These findings suggest that betaxolol may be useful in the treatment of hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia and angina pectoris. PMID:8383566

  4. The novel alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist [3H]mivazerol binds to non-adrenergic binding sites in human striatum membranes that are distinct from imidazoline receptors.

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    Flamez, A; Gillard, M; De Backer, J P; Vauquelin, G; Noyer, M

    1997-07-01

    The alpha 2 adrenergic agonist [3H]mivazerol labelled two populations of binding sites in membranes from the human striatum. Forty per cent of the sites labelled by 3 nM [3H]mivazerol corresponded to alpha 2 adrenergic receptors as they displayed a high affinity for (-)-adrenaline and for rauwolscine. The remaining binding was displaced by mivazerol with a pIC50 of 6.5 +/- 0.1. These sites displayed higher affinity for dexmedetomidine (pIC50 = 7.1 +/- 0.1), but much lower affinity for clonidine (pIC50 < 5.0) and for idazoxan (pIC50 = 5.1 +/- 0.1). Mivazerol also showed low affinity for the [3H]clonidine-labelled I1 imidazoline receptors and for the [3H]idazoxan-labelled I2 receptors (pIC50 = 5.1 and 3.9, respectively). These results suggest that the non-adrenergic [3H]mivazerol binding sites are distinct from the imidazoline receptors in the human striatum.

  5. Isoproterenol Acts as a Biased Agonist of the Alpha-1A-Adrenoceptor that Selectively Activates the MAPK/ERK Pathway

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    Copik, Alicja. J.; Baldys, Aleksander; Nguyen, Khanh; Sahdeo, Sunil; Ho, Hoangdung; Kosaka, Alan; Dietrich, Paul J.; Fitch, Bill; Raymond, John R.; Ford, Anthony P. D. W.; Button, Donald; Milla, Marcos E.

    2015-01-01

    The α1A-AR is thought to couple predominantly to the Gαq/PLC pathway and lead to phosphoinositide hydrolysis and calcium mobilization, although certain agonists acting at this receptor have been reported to trigger activation of arachidonic acid formation and MAPK pathways. For several G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) agonists can manifest a bias for activation of particular effector signaling output, i.e. not all agonists of a given GPCR generate responses through utilization of the same signaling cascade(s). Previous work with Gαq coupling-defective variants of α1A-AR, as well as a combination of Ca2+ channel blockers, uncovered cross-talk between α1A-AR and β2-AR that leads to potentiation of a Gαq-independent signaling cascade in response to α1A-AR activation. We hypothesized that molecules exist that act as biased agonists to selectively activate this pathway. In this report, isoproterenol (Iso), typically viewed as β-AR-selective agonist, was examined with respect to activation of α1A-AR. α1A-AR selective antagonists were used to specifically block Iso evoked signaling in different cellular backgrounds and confirm its action at α1A-AR. Iso induced signaling at α1A-AR was further interrogated by probing steps along the Gαq /PLC, Gαs and MAPK/ERK pathways. In HEK-293/EBNA cells transiently transduced with α1A-AR, and CHO_α1A-AR stable cells, Iso evoked low potency ERK activity as well as Ca2+ mobilization that could be blocked by α1A-AR selective antagonists. The kinetics of Iso induced Ca2+ transients differed from typical Gαq- mediated Ca2+ mobilization, lacking both the fast IP3R mediated response and the sustained phase of Ca2+ re-entry. Moreover, no inositol phosphate (IP) accumulation could be detected in either cell line after stimulation with Iso, but activation was accompanied by receptor internalization. Data are presented that indicate that Iso represents a novel type of α1A-AR partial agonist with signaling bias toward MAPK

  6. The anticancer estrogen receptor antagonist tamoxifen impairs consolidation of inhibitory avoidance memory through estrogen receptor alpha.

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    Lichtenfels, Martina; Dornelles, Arethuza da Silva; Petry, Fernanda Dos Santos; Blank, Martina; de Farias, Caroline Brunetto; Roesler, Rafael; Schwartsmann, Gilberto

    2017-09-02

    Over two-thirds of women with breast cancer have positive tumors for hormone receptors, and these patients undergo treatment with endocrine therapy, tamoxifen being the most widely used agent. Despite being very effective in breast cancer treatment, tamoxifen is associated with side effects that include cognitive impairments. However, the specific aspects and mechanisms underlying these impairments remain to be characterized. Here, we have investigated the effects of tamoxifen and interaction with estrogen receptors on formation of memory for inhibitory avoidance conditioning in female rats. In the first experiment, Wistar female rats received a single oral dose of tamoxifen (1, 3, or 10 mg/kg) or saline by gavage immediately after training and were tested for memory consolidation 24 h after training. In the second experiment, rats received a single dose of 1 mg/kg tamoxifen or saline by gavage 3 h after training and were tested 24 h after training for memory consolidation. In the third experiment, rats received a subcutaneous injection with estrogen receptor α agonist or estrogen receptor beta agonist 30 min before the training. After training, rats received a single oral dose of tamoxifen 1 mg/kg or saline and were tested 24 h after training. In the fourth experiment, rats were trained and tested 24 h later. Immediately after test, rats received a single dose of tamoxifen (1 mg/kg) or saline by gavage and were given four additional daily test trials followed by a re-instatement. Tamoxifen at 1 mg/kg impaired memory consolidation when given immediately after training and the estrogen receptor alpha agonist improved the tamoxifen-related memory impairment. Moreover, tamoxifen impairs memory consolidation of the test. These findings indicate that estrogen receptors regulate the early phase of memory consolidation and the effects of tamoxifen on memory consolidation.

  7. Detecting a dexmedetomidine-evoked reduction of noradrenaline release in the human brain with the alpha2C-adrenoceptor PET ligand [11C]ORM-13070.

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    Lehto, Jussi; Scheinin, Annalotta; Johansson, Jarkko; Marjamäki, Päivi; Arponen, Eveliina; Scheinin, Harry; Scheinin, Mika

    2016-02-01

    PET imaging can for some neurotransmitters be used to measure synaptic neurotransmitter concentrations. The objective of this study was to test whether the receptor binding of the α2C -AR antagonist PET tracer [(11)C]ORM-13070 would increase in response to reductions in synaptic noradrenaline, evoked by dexmedetomidine as a sympatholytic drug challenge. Six subjects underwent a control PET scan and two dexmedetomidine PET scans. Dexmedetomidine was infused with target plasma concentrations of 0.6 and 0.2 ng/ml. Tracer binding was measured by voxel-based analysis of bound per free (B/F) images. ROI-based analysis was performed in the dorsal striatum and in the thalamus. Vital signs and drug concentrations in plasma were measured and the sedative effect was estimated with the visual analog scale. In the voxel-based analysis, dexmedetomidine administration was associated with a tendency to increased B/F tracer in the right thalamus (mean, +17%, P = 0.14, and +19%, P = 0.05, with the low and high dose, respectively). Tracer binding in the dorsal striatum was unaffected by dexmedetomidine. A cluster with significantly increased B/F tracer (+42%, P = 0.01) was seen in the right superior temporal gyrus with low-dose dexmedetomidine, but not after the high dose. Brain uptake of [(11)C]ORM-13070 has previously been shown to be reduced in conditions of increased synaptic noradrenaline concentrations. In this study, tracer binding in the thalamus tended to increase in accordance with reduced activity of noradrenergic projections from the locus coeruleus, but statistical significance was not reached.

  8. Interleukin (IL)1beta, IL-1alpha, and IL-1 receptor antagonist gene polymorphisms in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Kanemoto, K; Kawasaki, J; Miyamoto, T; Obayashi, H; Nishimura, M

    2000-05-01

    Proinflammatory cytokines, including interleukin (IL)-1beta, are known to modulate effects of neurotoxic neurotransmitters discharged during excitation or inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS). They also regulate development of glial scars at sites of CNS injury. To elucidate a genetic predisposition of temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis (TLE-HS+), we studied polymorphisms in the IL-1beta, IL-1alpha, and IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) genes in 50 patients with TLE-HS+ and in 112 controls. Fifty-three patients who had TLE without HS were also examined (TLE-HS-) as disease controls. The distribution of the biallelic polymorphism in the promoter region at position -511 of the IL-1beta gene (IL-1B-511) was significantly different both between TLE-HS+ patients and controls and between TLE-HS+ and TLE-HS- patients. The differences were due to overrepresentation of the homozygotes for IL-1B-511*2, which is suggested to be a high producer of IL-1beta, in TLE-HS+ patients compared with both controls and TLE-HS- patients. In contrast, there was no difference between TLE-HS- patients and controls. Our data suggest that, in the homozygotes for IL-IB-511*2, minor events in development such as febrile convulsions could set up a cascade leading to HS.

  9. α1-Adrenoceptor subtypes and lower urinary tract symptoms

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    Schwinn, Debra A; Roehrborn, Claus G

    2008-01-01

    Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common cause of urinary outflow obstruction in aging men leading to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). α1-Adrenoceptors (α1ARs) antagonists (blockers) have become a mainstay of LUTS treatment because they relax prostate smooth muscle and decrease urethral resistance, as well as relieving bladder LUTS symptoms. A review of key recent clinical trials suggests new insights into the role of specific α1AR subtypes in the treatment of LUTS. PMID:18304211

  10. Glycogen phosphorylase a inhibitors with a phenethylphenylphthalimide skeleton derived from thalidomide-related alpha-glucosidase inhibitors and liver X receptor antagonists.

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    Motoshima, Kazunori; Ishikawa, Minoru; Sugita, Kazuyuki; Hashimoto, Yuichi

    2009-09-01

    Novel glycogen phosphorylase a (GPa) inhibitors with a phenethylphenylphthalimide skeleton were prepared based on alpha-glucosidase inhibitors and liver X receptor (LXR) antagonists derived from thalidomide. Their structure-activity relationships were analyzed. Some of the compounds thus prepared showed potent inhibitory activity against rabbit muscle GPa with more than 10-fold greater efficacy than a typical GPa inhibitor, 1,4-dideoxy-1,4-imino-D-arabinitol.

  11. Differential blocking action of dihydropyridine Ca2+ antagonists on a T-type Ca2+ channel (alpha1G) expressed in Xenopus oocytes.

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    Furukawa, Taiji; Nukada, Toshihide; Miura, Reiko; Ooga, Kyoji; Honda, Mituyoshi; Watanabe, Suguru; Koganesawa, Satoshi; Isshiki, Takaaki

    2005-03-01

    Recent reports show that efonidipine, a dihydropyridine Ca2+ antagonist, has blocking action on T-type Ca2+ channels, which may produce favorable actions on cardiovascular systems. However, the effects of other dihydropyridine Ca2+ antagonists on T-type Ca2+ channels have not been investigated yet. Therefore, in this study, we examined the effects of dihydropyridine compounds clinically used for treatment of hypertension on a T-type Ca2+ channel subtype, alpha1G, expressed in Xenopus oocytes. These effects were compared with those on T-type Ca2+ channel. Rabbit L-type (alpha1Calpha2/deltabeta1a) or rat T-type (alpha1G) Ca2+ channel was expressed in Xenopus oocytes by injection of cRNA for each subunit. The Ba currents through expressed channels were measured by conventional 2-microelectrode voltage-clamp methods. Twelve DHPs (amlodipine, barnidipine, benidipine, cilnidipine, efonidipine, felodipine, manidipine, nicardipine, nifedipine, nilvadipine, nimodipine, nitrendipine) and mibefradil were tested. Cilnidipine, felodipine, nifedipine, nilvadipine, minodipine, and nitrendipine had little effect on the T-type channel. The blocks by drugs at 10 microM were less than 10% at a holding potential of -100 mV. The remaining 6 drugs had blocking action on the T-type channel comparable to that on the L-type channel. The blocking actions were also comparable to that by mibefradil. These results show that many dihydropyridine Ca2+ antagonists have blocking action on the alpha1G channel subtype. The action of dihydropyridine Ca2+ antagonists in clinical treatment should be evaluated on the basis of subtype selectivity.

  12. Pharmacological tolerance to alpha 1-adrenergic receptor antagonism mediated by terazosin in humans.

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    Vincent, J; Dachman, W; Blaschke, T F; Hoffman, B B

    1992-01-01

    Chronic administration of alpha 1-receptor antagonists is associated with loss of clinical efficacy, especially in congestive heart failure, although the mechanism is uncertain. To evaluate changes in venous alpha 1-adrenoceptor responsiveness during chronic alpha 1-adrenoceptor blockade, dose-response curves to phenylephrine and angiotensin II were constructed in 10 healthy subjects before, during, and after administration of terazosin 1 mg orally for 28 d. Terazosin initially shifted the dose-response curve of phenylephrine to the right, with a significant increase in ED50 for phenylephrine from a control value of 102 to 759 ng/min on day 1 of terazosin (P < 0.001). However, by day 28, the dose-response curve had shifted back towards baseline with an ED50 of 112 ng/min. After discontinuing terazosin, the ED50 for phenylephrine remained near the baseline value, indicating no evidence of supersensitivity to phenylephrine. There was no change in responsiveness to angiotensin II during the course of treatment with terazosin. Plasma terazosin concentrations were stable throughout the period of drug administration. The mean Kd of terazosin was estimated as 11 +/- 15 nM in the first few days of treatment. This study demonstrates that pharmacological tolerance to the alpha 1-adrenoceptor blocking action of terazosin occurs in man and may be responsible for loss in efficacy with chronic therapy. PMID:1358918

  13. Renoprotective effect of yohimbine on ischaemia/reperfusion-induced acute kidney injury through α2C-adrenoceptors in rats.

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    Shimokawa, Takaomi; Tsutsui, Hidenobu; Miura, Takeshi; Nishinaka, Toru; Terada, Tomoyuki; Takama, Masashi; Yoshida, Shuhei; Tanba, Takao; Tojo, Ayumi; Yamagata, Masayo; Yukimura, Tokihito

    2016-06-15

    Excitation of renal sympathetic nervous activity and the resulting increased levels of renal venous norepinephrine play important roles in renal ischaemia/reperfusion injury in rats. This study examined the effects of yohimbine, a non-selective α2-adrenoceptor antagonist, on renal venous norepinephrine levels and kidney function in acute kidney injury. Acute ischaemia/reperfusion-induced kidney injury was induced in rats by clamping the left renal artery and vein for 45min, followed by reperfusion, 2 weeks after a contralateral nephrectomy. Intravenous injection of yohimbine (0.1mg/kg) 5min prior to ischaemia significantly attenuated kidney injury and decreased the renal venous norepinephrine levels, as compared with vehicle-treated rats. To investigate the involvement of α2-adrenoceptor subtypes, we pre-treated with JP-1302, a selective α2C-adrenoceptor antagonist (1mg/kg). This suppressed renal venous norepinephrine levels and tumour necrosis factor-α and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 mRNA levels after reperfusion and improved kidney function. Pre-treatment with BRL44408, a selective α2A-adrenoceptor antagonist (1mg/kg), or imiloxan, a selective α2B-adrenoceptor antagonist (1mg/kg) had no effect on renal function or tissue injury. These results suggest that yohimbine prevented ischaemia/reperfusion-induced kidney injury by inhibiting α2C-adrenoceptors and suppressing pro-inflammatory cytokine expression.

  14. A novel integrin {alpha}5{beta}1 antagonistic peptide, A5-1, screened by Protein Chip system as a potent angiogenesis inhibitor

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    Kim, Eung-Yoon; Bang, Ji Young; Chang, Soo-Ik; Kang, In-Cheol

    2008-12-26

    Integrin {alpha}5{beta}1 immobilized on a ProteoChip was used to screen new antagonistic peptides from multiple hexapeptide sub-libraries of the positional scanning synthetic peptide combinatorial library (PS-SPCL). The integrin {alpha}5{beta}1-Fibronectin interaction was demonstrated on the chip. A novel peptide ligand, A5-1 (VILVLF), with high affinity to integrin {alpha}5{beta}1 was identified from the hexapeptide libraries with this chip-based screening method on the basis of a competitive inhibition assay. A5-1 inhibits the integrin-fibronectin interaction in a dose-dependent manner (IC{sub 50}; 1.56 {+-} 0.28 {mu}M. In addition, it inhibits human umbilical vein endothelial cell proliferation, migration, adhesion, tubular network formation, and bFGF-induced neovascularization in a chick chorioallantoic membrane. These results suggest that A5-1 will be a potent inhibitor of neovascularization.

  15. Pharmacological characterization of beta2-adrenoceptor in PGT-beta mouse pineal gland tumour cells.

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    Suh, B C; Chae, H D; Chung, J H; Kim, K T

    1999-01-01

    1. The adrenoceptor in a mouse pineal gland tumour cell line (PGT-beta) was identified and characterized using pharmacological and physiological approaches. 2. Adrenaline and noradrenaline, adrenoceptor agonists, stimulated cyclic AMP generation in a concentration-dependent manner, but had no effect on inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate production. Adrenaline was a more potent activator of cyclic AMP generation than noradrenaline, with half maximal-effective concentrations (EC50) seen at 175+/-22 nM and 18+/-2 microM for adrenaline and noradrenaline, respectively. 3. The addition of forskolin synergistically stimulated the adrenaline-mediated cyclic AMP generation in a concentration-dependent manner. 4. The pA2 value for the specific beta2-adrenoceptor antagonist ICI-118,551 (8.7+/-0.4) as an antagonist of the adrenaline-stimulated cyclic AMP generation were 3 units higher than the value for the betaI-adrenoceptor antagonist atenolol (5.6+/-0.3). 5. Treatment of the cells with adrenaline and forskolin evoked a 3 fold increase in the activity of serotonin N-acetyltransferase with the peak occurring 6 h after stimulation. 6. These results suggest the presence of beta2-adrenoceptors in mouse pineal cells and a functional relationship between the adenylyl cyclase system and the regulation of N-acetyltransferase expression.

  16. α2-Adrenoceptors mediate clonicine-induced sedation in the rat

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    Drew, G.M.; Gower, Alma J.; Marriott, A.S.

    1979-01-01

    1 The central α-adrenoceptors responsible for mediating clonidine-induced sedation in rats have been characterized according to their sensitivity to α-adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists. 2 Clonidine, injected intraperitoneally or intracerebroventricularly, caused dose-dependent sedation, both in terms of a reduction in the time that rats could remain on an accelerating rotarod and in terms of overt sedation assessed visually. Following intracerebroventricular injection, xylazine, naphazoline and methoxamine, but not phenylephrine, produced similar effects. 3 The sedation caused by intraperitoneal injection of clonidine was antagonized by intracerebroventricularly injected phentolamine, yohimbine, piperoxan and tolazoline but not by labetalol, thymoxamine or prazosin. 4 The relative potencies of the agonists in causing sedation and of the antagonists in inhibiting the sedative effect of clonidine clearly demonstrated that the central α-adrenoceptors mediating clonidine-induced sedation are the same as the peripheral presynaptic α2-adrenoceptors. 5 All the α-adrenoceptor agonists caused hypothermia after intracerebroventricular injection, but their order of potency was different from that in producing sedation. The hypothermic effect of intraperitoneally injected clonidine was little affected by any of the antagonists administered intracerebroventricularly. No conclusions could be drawn concerning the type of receptor responsible for mediating hypothermia. PMID:40643

  17. Integrin {alpha}{sub v}{beta}{sub 3} antagonist Cilengitide enhances efficacy of radiotherapy in endothelial cell and non-small-cell lung cancer models

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    Albert, Jeffrey M.; Cao, Carolyn; Geng, Ling; Leavitt, Lauren; Hallahan, Dennis E.; Lu Bo . E-mail: bo.lu@vanderbilt.edu

    2006-08-01

    Purpose: Integrins {alpha}{sub v}{beta}{sub 3} and {alpha}{sub v}{beta}{sub 5} are important in tumor growth and angiogenesis and have been recently explored as targets for cancer therapy. Radiotherapy also inhibits tumor growth and affects vasculature. We explored the combination of integrin antagonist Cilengitide (EMD 121974) and ionizing radiation. Methods and Materials: Levels of {alpha}{sub v}{beta}{sub 3} were determined for human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), as well as H157 and H460 human non-small-cell lung cancer cells, using FACS analysis and immunofluorescence imaging. Clonogenic assays, Western immunoblots probed for cleaved caspase 3, and Annexin-V probing were used to evaluate cell survival and apoptosis. A cell detachment assay and matrigel assay were used to further examine the effects of treatment. Results: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells had the highest {alpha}{sub v}{beta}{sub 3} level, followed by H157, and H460. Interestingly, we found that 5 Gy irradiation induced expression of {alpha}{sub v}{beta}{sub 3} in all cell lines. Clonogenic assays showed a radiosensitizing effect with Cilengitide, and calculation of the dose enhancement ratio showed that the effect was highest in HUVECs (1.38), followed by H157 (1.19), and H460 (1.10), corresponding to the levels of target expression. There was an increase in apoptotic cells after combination treatment with Cilengitide and radiation, and there was an increase in detached cells after treatment with Cilengitide. Additionally, there was decreased endothelial tubule formation after combination treatment. Conclusions: We conclude that radiation induces expression of {alpha}{sub v}{beta}{sub 3} integrin in endothelial and non-small-cell lung cancer models, and that integrin antagonist Cilengitide is a radiosensitizer in proportion to the levels of target integrin expression.

  18. The effects of dexamethasone and chlorpromazine on tumour necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist and interleukin-10 in human volunteers.

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    Bleeker, M W; Netea, M G; Kullberg, B J; Van der Ven-Jongekrijg, J; Van der Meer, J W

    1997-01-01

    Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) are pro-inflammatory cytokines that play an important role in severe infections, whereas IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) and IL-10 are anti-inflammatory cytokines that counteract their effects. Chlorpromazine and dexamethasone protect mice against lethal endotoxaemia by decreasing circulating concentrations of TNF-alpha and IL-1 beta. We investigated whether administration of chlorpromazine or dexamethasone to human volunteers is able to modulate the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated cytokine production capacity in whole blood. Blood samples were taken before and several time-points after medication. Circulating cytokine concentrations were low in all samples. LPS-induced TNF-alpha and IL-1 beta production in whole blood was inhibited by dexamethasone treatment, while chlorpromazine had no effect. When peripheral blood mononuclear cells were stimulated in vitro with LPS, the addition of chlorpromazine (1-100 ng/ml) had no modulatory action on TNF-alpha, IL-1 beta, IL-1ra or IL-10 synthesis. The chlorpromazine concentrations measured in circulation of volunteers were eight to 40 times lower than the concentrations shown to be effective in mice. In conclusion, chlorpromazine inhibits TNF-alpha and IL-1 beta production in mice at concentrations that cannot be reached in humans, thus precluding its usage in clinical anti-cytokine strategies. In contrast, dexamethasone is an effective inhibitor of pro-inflammatory cytokine production. PMID:9378493

  19. Effects of chronic delta-9-THC treatment on cardiac beta-adrenoceptors in rats

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    Evans, E.B.; Seifen, E.; Kennedy, R.H.; Kafiluddi, R.; Paule, M.G.; Scallet, A.C.; Ali, S.F.; Slikker, W. Jr.

    1987-10-01

    This study was designed to determine if chronic treatment with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) alters cardiac beta-adrenoceptors in the rat. Following daily oral administration of 10 or 20 mg/kg THC or an equivalent volume of control solvent for 90 days, rats were sacrificed, and sarcolemmal membranes were prepared from ventricular myocardium. Beta-adrenoceptor density and binding affinity estimated with (-)(/sup 3/H)dihydroalprenolol; a beta-adrenergic antagonist, were not significantly affected by treatment with THC when compared to vehicle controls. These results suggest that the tolerance to cardiovascular effects of THC which develops during chronic exposure in the rat is not associated with alterations in cardiac beta-adrenoceptors as monitored by radiolabeled antagonist binding.

  20. Haemodynamic interactions of medetomidine and the peripheral alpha-2 antagonist MK-467 during step infusions in isoflurane-anaesthetised dogs.

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    Kaartinen, Johanna; del Castillo, Jérôme R E; Salla, Kati; Troncy, Eric; Raekallio, Marja R; Vainio, Outi M

    2014-11-01

    The haemodynamic interactions of a step infusion with medetomidine (MED) and the peripherally acting alpha-2 antagonist MK-467 (MK) were compared with MED infused alone in isoflurane-anaesthetised dogs. Eight purposely-bred Beagles were used in a randomised crossover study. Anaesthesia was induced with propofol intravenously (IV) and maintained with isoflurane in oxygen. Dogs received 1.25 µg/kg MED as a 1 min loading dose IV, along with a step-down MED infusion at rates of 8.0 µg/kg/h (step 1: 0-20 min), 5.5 µg/kg/h (step 2: 20-40 min) and 4.0 µg/kg/h (step 3: 40-95 min). Five minutes after starting the MED infusion, the dogs received MK-467 in a step-up infusion at rates of 100 µg/kg/h (step 1: 5-35 min), 200 µg/kg/h (step 2: 35-65 min) and 500 µg/kg/h (step 3: 65-95 min). Heart rate (HR), systolic (SAP) and mean arterial (MAP) blood pressures and arteriovenous oxygen content differences (a-vO2 diff) were calculated. Plasma drug concentrations were analysed. Repeated-measures general linear mixed models with Bonferroni correction were used for statistical analyses. MED infusion alone increased SAP maximally by 24.9%, MAP by 34.7% and a-vO2 diff by 222.5%, and reduced HR by 32.3%, but these changes were significantly attenuated by MK-467. Most MED effects returned to baseline during step 2 of MK-467 infusion and step 3 of MED infusion (MED/MK-467 ratio 1:18 to 1:50). Plasma concentrations of MED tended to be lower with the addition of MK-467. The use of step infusions helped to narrow down the therapeutic range for the MED/MK-467 infusion dose ratio during isoflurane anaesthesia in dogs. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Actions of novel agonists, antagonists and antipsychotic agents at recombinant rat 5-HT6 receptors: a comparative study of coupling to G alpha s.

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    Dupuis, Delphine S; Mannoury la Cour, Clotilde; Chaput, Christine; Verrièle, Laurence; Lavielle, Gilbert; Millan, Mark J

    2008-07-07

    Though 5-HT6 receptors are targets for the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, the influence of drugs upon signal transduction has not been extensively characterized. Herein, we employed a Scintillation Proximity Assay (SPA)/antibody-immunocapture procedure of coupling to G alpha s to evaluate the interaction of a broad range of novel agonists, antagonists and antipsychotics at rat 5-HT(6) receptors stably expressed in HEK293 cells. Serotonin (pEC(50), 7.7) increased [35S]GTP gamma S binding to G alpha s by ca 2-fold without affecting binding to Gi/o or Gq. LSD (9.2), 5-MeODMT (7.9), 5-CT (7.0) and tryptamine (6.1) were likewise full agonists. In contrast, the novel sulfonyl derivatives, WAY181,187 (9.1) and WAY208,466 (7.8), behaved as partial agonists and attenuated the actions of 5-HT. SB271,046 and SB258,585 abolished activation of G alpha s by 5-HT with pKb values of 10.2 and 9.9, respectively, actions mimicked by the novel antagonist, SB399,885 (10.9). SB271,046 likewise blocked partial agonist properties of WAY181,187 and WAY208,466 with pKb values of 9.8 and 9.0, respectively. 5-HT-stimulated [35S]GTP gamma S binding to G alpha s was antagonised by various antipsychotics including olanzapine (7.8), asenapine (9.1) and SB737,050 (7.8), whereas aripiprazole and bifeprunox were inactive. Further, antagonist properties of clozapine (8.0) were mimicked by its major metabolite, N-desmethylclozapine (7.9). In conclusion, the novel ligands, WAY208,466 and WAY181,187, behaved as partial agonists at 5-HT6 receptors coupled to G alpha s, while SB399,885 was a potent antagonist. Though 5-HT6 receptor blockade is not indispensable for therapeutic efficacy, it may well play a role in the functional actions of certain antipsychotic agents.

  2. Study of O-glycan sialylation in C6 cultured glioma cells: regulation of a beta-galactoside alpha 2,3 sialyltransferase activity by Ca2+/calmodulin antagonists and phosphatase inhibitors.

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    Reboul, P; George, P; Geoffroy, J; Louisot, P; Broquet, P

    1992-08-14

    We have demonstrated that the alpha 2,3 sialyltransferase (alpha 2,3 ST) from C6 cultured glioma cells was inhibited in vivo by W-7 and related Ca2+/Calmodulin (Ca/CaM) antagonists while protein kinase C effectors had no effect. Dephosphorylation of alpha 2,3 ST by the wide specificity alkaline phosphatase led to inactivation indicating that the enzyme is phosphorylated. The serine/threonine protein phosphatase inhibitors okadaic acid and Calyculin A led also to an inhibition of alpha 2,3 ST activity. In addition, Ca/CaM antagonists and phosphatase inhibitors led both to an inhibition of a alpha 2,3 sialoglycoprotein from C6 glioma cells as demonstrated with lectin affinity blotting. A concerted regulatory mechanism with phosphorylation/dephosphorylation of alpha 2,3 ST is then postulated.

  3. Selective blockade and recovery of cell surface alpha 2-adrenergic receptors in human erythroleukemia (HEL) cells. Studies with the irreversible antagonist benextramine

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    McKernan, R.M.; Strickland, W.R.; Insel, P.A.

    1988-01-01

    alpha 2-Adrenergic receptors are present on human erythroleukemia (HEL) cells, both on the cell surface and in a sequestered compartment. In the current study we show that benextramine, a hydrophilic irreversible antagonist, can be used to investigate alpha 2-adrenergic receptor compartmentation in these cells. In membranes prepared from HEL cells, benextramine competed for all alpha 2-adrenergic receptors ( (/sup 3/H)yohimbine sites). In intact cells, at 4 degrees, benextramine exhibited a biphasic competition curve for alpha 2-adrenergic receptors, with EC50 values of approximately 10 microM and greater than 1 mM for the high and low affinity components, respectively. We propose that the alpha 2-adrenergic receptors preferentially blocked by benextramine are those on the surface of the cell, whereas those with low affinity are sequestered receptors because: 1) only epinephrine-accessible sites are removed by prior treatment of cells with benextramine, 2) a preparation enriched with surface membranes is also enriched in receptors with a high affinity for benextramine; and 3) after blockade of cell surface receptors (54 +/- 6% of total sites, n = 7) by benextramine, the ability of the alpha 2-adrenergic agonists epinephrine and UK-14,304 to inhibit forskolin-stimulated cAMP accumulation is lost. The latter result implies that only cell surface and not sequestered receptors are functionally coupled to adenylate cyclase. The return of receptors from the sequestered compartment to the cell surface and the recovery of alpha 2-adrenergic receptor function were measured after HEL cells were treated with benextramine (50 microM for 1 hr at 4 degrees). The recovery of receptor binding (t1/2 = 25 min) was somewhat slower than the recovery of function (t1/2 approximately 8 min).

  4. Selection of a 2-azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane-based alpha4beta1 integrin antagonist as an inhaled anti-asthmatic agent.

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    Lawson, Edward C; Santulli, Rosemary J; Dyatkin, Alexey B; Ballentine, Scott A; Abraham, William M; Rudman, Sandra; Page, Clive P; de Garavilla, Lawrence; Damiano, Bruce P; Kinney, William A; Maryanoff, Bruce E

    2006-06-15

    The alpha4beta1 integrin, expressed on eosinophils and neutrophils, induces inflammation in the lung by facilitating cellular infiltration and activation. From a number of potent alpha4beta1 antagonists that we evaluated for safety and efficacy, 1 was selected as a lead candidate for anti-asthma therapy by the inhalation route. We devised an optimized stereoselective synthesis to facilitate the preparation of a sufficiently large quantity of 1 for assessment in vivo. Administration of 1 to allergen-sensitive sheep by inhalation blocked the late-phase response of asthma and abolished airway hyper-responsiveness at 24h following the antigen challenge. Additionally, the recruitment of inflammatory cells into the lungs was inhibited. Administration of 1 to ovalbumin-sensitized guinea pigs intraperitoneally blocked airway resistance and inhibited the recruitment of inflammatory cells.

  5. The alpha1-adrenergic receptor antagonists, benoxathian and prazosin, induce apoptosis and a switch towards megakaryocytic differentiation in human erythroleukemia cells.

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    Fuchs, Robert; Stelzer, Ingeborg; Haas, Helga S; Leitinger, Gerd; Schauenstein, Konrad; Sadjak, Anton

    2009-10-01

    The erythroleukemia cell lines K562 and human erythroleukemia (HEL) are established models to study erythroid and megakaryocytic differentiation in vitro. In this study, we show that the alpha1-adrenergic antagonists, benoxathian and prazosin, inhibit the proliferation and induce apoptosis in K562 and HEL cells. Furthermore, both tested substances induced the expression of the megakaryocytic marker CD41a, whereas the expression of the erythroid marker glycophorin-a was decreased or unchanged. Even though the expression of differentiation markers was similar after benoxathian and prazosin treatment in both cell lines, endomitosis of erythroleukemia cells was observed only after prazosin treatment. So far, benoxathian and prazosin are the first described extracellular ligands, which cause megakaryocytic differentiation in K562 and HEL cells. In summary, these results indicate a possible role of alpha1-adrenergic receptor signaling in the regulation of erythroid and megakaryocytic differentiation, even though the receptor dependence of the observed effects needs further investigation.

  6. Biphasic effects of the beta-adrenoceptor agonist, BRL 37344, on glucose utilization in rat isolated skeletal muscle.

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    Liu, Y L; Cawthorne, M A; Stock, M J

    1996-03-01

    1. The effects of the selective beta 3-adrenoceptor agonist, BRL 37344 (BRL) on glucose uptake and phosphorylation (i.e. glucose utilization; GU) and glycogen synthesis in rat isolated soleus and extensor digitorium longus (EDL) muscle preparations in vitro were investigated by use of 2-deoxy-[3H]-glucose (GU) and [U-14C]-glucose (glycogen synthesis). 2. Low concentrations of BRL (10(-11)-10(-9) M) significantly increased GU, with maximal increases of 30% in soleus and 24% in EDL at 10(-11) M. Neither the selective beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist, atenolol (10(-8)-10(-6) M), nor the selective beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, ICI 118551 (10(-8)-10(-6) M) had any effect on the stimulation of GU induced by 10(-11) M BRL. 3. High concentrations of BRL (10(-6)-10(-5) M) caused significant inhibition (up to 30%) of GU in both soleus and EDL muscles. The inhibition of 10(-6) M BRL was blocked completely by 10(-6) and 10(-7) M ICI 118551 in soleus, and by 10(-6)-10(-8) M ICI 118551 in EDL; atenolol (10(-8)-10(6) M) had no effect. 4. Another selective beta 3-adrenoceptor agonist, CL 316,243, also caused a significant stimulation of muscle GU, with maximal increases of 43% at 10(-9) M in soleus and 45% at 10(-10) M in EDL. The stimulation of GU declined with further increases in the concentration of CL 316,243, but no inhibition of GU was seen, even at the highest concentration (10(-5) M) tested. 5. BRL at 10(-5) M inhibited completely insulin-stimulated glycogen synthesis in both soleus and EDL, but this inhibitory effect of BRL was abolished by 10(-6) M ICI 118551. BRL at 10(-11) M (with or without 10(-6) M ICI 118551) had no effect on insulin-stimulated glycogen synthesis. 6. It is concluded that: (i) low (< nM) concentrations of BRL stimulate GU via an atypical beta-adrenoceptor that is resistant to conventional beta 1-adrenoceptor and beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonists; (ii) the stimulation of GU is negated by the activation of beta 2-adrenoceptors that occurs at higher (> n

  7. Blockade of median raphe nucleus α1-adrenoceptor subtypes increases food intake in rats.

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    da Silva, Eduardo Simão; Flores, Rafael Appel; Cella, Elisa Carolina; Levone, Brunno Rocha; Taschetto, Ana Paula; Kochenborger, Larissa; Terenzi, Mariana Graciela; Faria, Moacir Serralvo; Paschoalini, Marta Aparecida

    2014-09-01

    Previous studies have shown that the blockade of α1-adrenoceptors in the median raphe nucleus (MnR) of free-feeding animals increases food intake. Since there is evidence for the presence of α1A-, α1B- and α1D-adrenoceptors in the MnR of rats, this study investigated the involvement of MnR α1-adrenoceptor subtypes in the control of feeding behavior, looking for possible differences on the role of each α1-adrenoceptor in feeding. Male adult rats weighing 280-300 g with guide cannulae chronically implanted above the MnR were injected with antagonists of α1A- (RS100329, 0, 2, 4 or 20 nmol), α1B- (Rec 15/2615, 0, 2, 4 or 20 nmol) or α1D-adrenoceptor (BMY 7378, 0, 2, 4 or 20 nmol). Subsequently, behavioral evaluation of ingestive and non-ingestive parameters was monitored for 1h and the amount of food and water ingested was assessed for 4h. The highest dose (20 nmol) of RS100329 and BMY 7378 increased food intake, feeding duration and frequency, and decreased the latency to start feeding. During the second hour 2 nmol dose of Rec 15/2615 increased food intake and all doses of BMY 7378 decreased water intake. No behavioral alterations were observed during the fourth hour. The results corroborate previous work from our lab in which we describe the involvement of α1-adrenoceptors of MnR on food intake control. Moreover, we show evidence that α1A- and α1D-adrenoceptors mediate feeding responses to adrenaline injections and that the behavioral modifications are of considerable duration, persisting up to 2h after injection of the antagonists. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. The antinociceptive effect of the mu-opioid fentanyl is reduced in the presence of the alpha(2)-adrenergic antagonist idazoxan in inflammation.

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    Herrero, J F; Solano, R E

    1999-09-04

    Interactions between alpha(2)-adrenergic and mu-opioid systems play an important role in the modulation of hyperalgesic states. The antinociceptive effects of alpha(2)-adrenergic agonists and mu-opioids are potentiated when co-administered; however, attempts to induce cross reversal of the antinociceptive effects of alpha(2)-adrenergic and mu-opioid systems have produced contradictory results. We have studied the possible endogenous tonic control of the alpha(2)-adrenergic systems in the modulation of pain in inflammation, and the interactions between the two antinociceptive systems in rat spinal cord nociceptive reflexes activated by both natural and electrical stimulation. The facilitatory actions of the alpha(2)-adrenergic antagonist idazoxan were compared in control rats and in animals with carrageenan-induced paw inflammation. The antinociceptive effect of the mu-opioid fentanyl was tested alone and in the presence of idazoxan. In agreement with some previous observations, idazoxan i.v. produced no change in responses to natural and electrical stimulation in normal animals. In animals with inflammation, idazoxan only induced facilitation of responses evoked by noxious thermal stimulation but not by mechanical or electrical stimulation. Fentanyl reduced the responses to either stimuli with lower potency in the presence of idazoxan, but only in animals with inflammation. Its dose-response curve was shifted to the right between 1.8- and 3. 5-fold depending on the stimulus used. It is concluded that the increase of thermal responses by idazoxan in animals with inflammation is probably due to changes in the peripheral blood flow. Nevertheless, since an interaction with mu-opioids is clear in inflammation, endogenous alpha(2)-adrenergic systems play an important role in the modulation of the effectiveness of opioids during inflammation.

  9. Inhibition and reversal of platelet aggregation by alphaIIbbeta3 antagonists depends on the anticoagulant and flow conditions: differential effects of Abciximab and Lamifiban.

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    Frojmovic, Mony; Labarthe, Benoit; Legrand, Chantal

    2005-11-01

    Shear influences platelet aggregate formation and stability, as well as the inhibitory capacities of antithrombotic drugs. We compared the inhibitory and disaggregating properties of two distinct alphaIIbbeta3 antagonists, Abciximab and Lamifiban, on platelet aggregation induced by adenosine diphosphate (ADP) (5 micromol/l) in platelet-rich plasma (PRP), in an aggregometer (poorly defined low shear, <100/s) and in a microcouette at arterial shear rate (1,000/s). Platelet aggregation was detected by changes in light transmission in the aggregometer (TA), and by particle counting with a flow cytometer (PA). Lamifiban (1 mumol/l) completely inhibited TA or PA induced by ADP in citrated PRP in the aggregometer or microcouette. In contrast, Abciximab (2 micromol/l) only partially inhibited PA in the microcouette while blocking both TA and PA in the aggregometer. Moreover, Abciximab did not reverse platelet aggregates formed either in the microcouette or in the aggregometer, whereas Lamifiban caused complete reversal. On the contrary, Abciximab completely inhibited platelet aggregation induced by ADP in hirudin/d-Phe-Pro-Arg-chloromethylketone PRP in the microcouette. Our results demonstrate a marked dependence of inhibitory capacity of Abciximab on shear conditions, with citrate anticoagulant responsible for the residual aggregation, in contrast to Lamifiban, another alphaIIbbeta3 antagonist interacting with a distinct site on beta3.

  10. Initiation of Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha (TNFα) antagonists and risk of fractures in patients with selected rheumatic and autoimmune diseases

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    Kawai, Vivian K.; Grijalva, Carlos G.; Arbogast, Patrick G.; Curtis, Jeffrey R.; Solomon, Daniel H.; Delzell, Elizabeth; Chen, Lang; Ouellet-Hellstrom, Rita; Herrinton, Lisa; Liu, Liyan; Mitchell, Edward F.; Stein, C. Michael; Griffin, Marie R.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives We tested the hypothesis that initiation of TNFα antagonists reduced the risk of fractures compared to nonbiologic comparator in patients with autoimmune diseases. Methods Using four large administrative databases, we assembled retrospective cohorts of patients with autoimmune diseases who initiated either a TNFα antagonist or a nonbiologic medication. We identified 3 mutually exclusive disease groups: rheumatoid arthritis (RA); inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); and psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis (PsO-PsA-AS). We used baseline covariate data to calculate propensity scores (PS) for each disease group and used Cox regression to calculate hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CI). We compared the risk of combined hip, radius/ulna, humerus, or pelvic fractures between PS-matched cohorts of new users of TNFα antagonists and nonbiologic comparator. Results We identified 9,020, 2,014 and 2,663 new PS matched episodes of TNFα antagonist and nonbiologic comparator use in RA, IBD and PsO-PsA-AS cohorts, respectively. The risk of combined fractures was similar between new users of TNFα antagonists and nonbiologic comparators for each disease (HR: 1.17, 95%CI [0.91, 1.51]; HR: 1.49, 95%CI [0.72, 3.11]; and HR: 0.92, 95%CI [0.47, 1.82] for RA, IBD and PsO-PsA-AS, respectively). In RA, the risk of combined fractures was associated with an average daily dose of prednisone equivalents >10 mg/day at baseline compared with no glucocorticoid (HR: 1.54, 95%CI [1.03, 2.30]). Conclusions The risk of fractures did not differ between initiators of a biologic and a nonbiologic comparator for any disease studied. Among RA patients, use of >10mg/day of prednisone equivalents at baseline increased the fracture risk. PMID:23281339

  11. Inhibitory effects of SR 58611A on canine colonic motility: evidence for a role of beta 3-adrenoceptors.

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    De Ponti, F; Cosentino, M; Costa, A; Girani, M; Gibelli, G; D'Angelo, L; Frigo, G; Crema, A

    1995-01-01

    1. In order to clarify whether atypical or beta 3-adrenoceptors can modulate canine colonic motility in vivo, we studied the effects of SR 58611A (a selective agonist for atypical beta-adrenoceptors) alone and after pretreatment with beta-adrenoceptor antagonists on colonic motility in the conscious dog. The gastrocolonic response (postprandial increase in motility) was monitored by means of electrodes and strain-gauge force transducers chronically implanted along the distal colon. In some experiments, heart rate was also measured. The possible role of beta 3-adrenoceptors in mediating the effects of SR 58611A was also tested in vitro in circular muscle strips taken from the canine distal colon. 2. Intravenous infusion of SR 58611A, ritodrine or isoprenaline at doses inducing the same degree of tachycardia inhibited the gastrocolonic response to a different extent, with SR 58611A and ritodrine being more effective than isoprenaline. 3. In a dose-response study, SR 58611A was more potent in inhibiting colonic motility than in inducing tachycardia: the ED35 values for inhibition of colonic motility and induction of tachycardia were 23 and 156 micrograms kg-1, i.v., respectively. 4. The inhibitory effect of SR 58611A 100 micrograms kg-1, i.v., on the gastrocolonic response was reversed by alprenolol (non-selective beta-adrenoceptor antagonist), but resistant to CGP 20712A (beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist) or ICI 118551 (beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonist). 5. In vitro, SR 58611A concentration-dependently relaxed circular muscle strips, an effect that was competitively antagonized by alprenolol with a pA2 value of 7.1, but resistant to CGP 20712A (100 nM), ICI 118551 (100 nM) or tetrodotoxin (1 microM).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7606348

  12. Involvement of α1B-adrenoceptors in the anti-immobility effect of imipramine in the tail suspension test.

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    Ribeiro, Carlos Alberto S; Pupo, André S

    2015-03-05

    Imipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant inhibitor of norepinephrine and serotonin neuronal reuptake. The roles of specific α1-adrenoceptor subtypes that might be targeted by the increased synaptic levels of noradrenaline induced by imipramine are not well understood. This study investigates the α1-adrenoceptor subtypes involved in the anti-immobility effect of imipramine in the mouse tail suspension test. The anti-immobility effect of imipramine (32mg/kg, i.p.) was significantly antagonised by the non-subtype-selective α1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin (0.5 and 1.0mg/kg, i.p.). Neither the selective α1A-adrenoceptor antagonist 5-methyl-3-[3-[3-[4-[2-(2,2,2,-trifluroethoxy)phenyl]-1-piperazinyl]propyl]-2,4-(1H,3H)-pyrimidinedione (RS-100329, 0.5 and 1.0mg/kg) nor the selective α1D-adrenoceptor antagonist 8-[2-[4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-1-piperazinyl]ethyl]-8-azaspiro[4.5]decane-7,9-dione dihydrochloride, (BMY-7378, up to 1.0mg/kg, i.p.) affected the anti-immobility effect of imipramine. However, the anti-immobility effect of imipramine was significantly antagonised by the selective α1B-adrenoceptor antagonist (2S)-4-(4-amino-6,7-dimethoxy-2-quinazolinyl)-2-[[(1,1-dimethylethyl)amino]carbonyl]-1-piperazinecarboxylate (L-765,314). In addition, mice treated only with RS-100329 or BMY-7378, but not with L-765,314, showed reduced immobility times in comparison to mice treated with vehicle. These results indicate that the selective antagonism of α1A- and α1D-adrenoceptors results in antidepressant-like effects and that the α1B-subtype is the main target for the increased levels of noradrenaline caused by imipramine.

  13. Identification of beta 2-adrenoceptors on guinea pig alveolar macrophages using (-)-3-( sup 125 I)iodocyanopindolol

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    Leurs, R.; Beusenberg, F.D.; Bast, A.; Van Amsterdam, J.G.; Timmerman, H. )

    1990-08-01

    The beta-adrenoceptor antagonist (-)-3-({sup 125}I)iodocyanopindolol (({sup 125}I)ICYP) binds with high affinity and in saturable way to membranes of guinea pig alveolar macrophages. The equilibrium dissociation constant for ({sup 125}I)ICYP is 24.3 +/- 1.2 pM, and the number of binding sites is 166.3 +/- 13.7 fmol/mg protein (N = 4, +/- SEM). Displacement studies with selective antagonists showed that ({sup 125}I)ICYP labels beta 2-adrenoceptors on guinea pig alveolar macrophages.

  14. Role of β-adrenoceptors in glucose uptake in astrocytes using β-adrenoceptor knockout mice

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    Catus, Stephanie L; Gibbs, Marie E; Sato, Masaaki; Summers, Roger J; Hutchinson, Dana S

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE β1-, β2- and β3-adrenoceptors determined by functional, binding and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) studies are present in chick astrocytes and activation of β2- or β3-adrenoceptors increase glucose uptake. The aims of the present study are to identify which β-adrenoceptor subtypes are present in mouse astrocytes, the signal transduction mechanisms involved and whether β-adrenoceptor stimulation regulates glucose uptake. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Astrocytes were prepared from four mouse strains: FVB/N, DBA/1 crossed with C57BL/6J, β3-adrenoceptor knockout and β1β2-adrenoceptor knockout mice. RT-PCR and radioligand binding studies were used to determine β-adrenoceptor expression. Glucose uptake and cAMP were assayed to elucidate the signalling pathways involved. KEY RESULTS mRNAs for all three β-adrenoceptors were identified in astrocytes from wild-type mice. Radioligand binding studies identified that β1- and β3-adrenoceptors were predominant. cAMP studies showed that β1- and β2-adrenoceptors coupled to Gs whereas β3-adrenoceptors coupled to both Gs and Gi. However, activation of any of the three β-adrenoceptors increased glucose uptake in mouse astrocytes. Interestingly, there was no functional compensation for receptor subtype loss in knockout animals. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS This study demonstrates that although β1-adrenoceptors are the predominant β-adrenoceptor in mouse astrocytes and are primarily responsible for cAMP production in response to β-adrenoceptor stimulation, β3-adrenoceptors are also present in mouse astrocytes and activation of β2- and β3-adrenoceptors increases glucose uptake in mouse astrocytes. PMID:21138422

  15. β-adrenoceptor blocking agents and lipolysis

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    Harms, H. H.; De Vente, J.; Zaagsma, J.

    1982-01-01

    1 The pharmacological characteristics of β-adrenoceptor subtypes on adipocytes of various mammalian species, including man, are reviewed. 2 Rat adipocytes possess a homogeneous population of β-adrenoceptors with properties that clearly distinguish them from `classic' β1- and β2-adrenoceptors, although they share certain features with both. Thus, rat adipocyte β-adrenoceptors should be considered as non-β1-non-β2 receptors, like the atypical β-adrenoceptors found on erythrocytes of turkey, chicken and frog. 3 Preliminary data suggest that adipocyte β-adrenoceptors of guinea pig and swine are different from `classic' β1- and β2-adrenoceptors as well, whereas in the dog and possibly in the cat, a mixture of β1- and β2-receptors mediates catecholamine induced lipolysis. 4 Human adipocyte β-adrenoceptors probably also consist of at least two subtypes. Insufficient data are available to decide if these β-adrenoceptors are identical with `classic' β1- and β2-receptors, or share some hybrid characteristics with rat adipocyte β-adrenoceptors. 5 In vivo studies in animals as well as in man, tend to corroborate in vitro results. Cardioselective β-adrenoceptor blocking agents, like atenolol, metoprolol and practolol are not as effective in blocking catecholamine induced lipolysis as non-cardioselective agents like propranolol and pindolol. The relatively low potency of cardioselective β-adrenoceptor blocking agents is found using either isoprenaline, adrenaline or exercise as the agonist, suggesting that β2-adrenoceptors are involved. On the other hand, cardioselective agents, though less effective than non-cardioselective compounds, have a significant inhibitory effect on catecholamine induced lipolysis at doses that have only minimal effect on other β2-adrenoceptor mediated responses, which argues for participation of β1-adrenoceptors. 6 Thus, human in vitro and in vivo data are consistent with, but not proof of the hypothesis that a mixture of β1

  16. Interleukin-1beta but not tumor necrosis factor-alpha potentiates neuronal damage by quinolinic acid: protection by an adenosine A2A receptor antagonist.

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    Stone, Trevor W; Behan, Wilhelmina M H

    2007-04-01

    Quinolinic acid is an agonist at glutamate receptors sensitive to N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA). It has been implicated in neural dysfunction associated with infections, trauma, and ischemia, although its neurotoxic potency is relatively low. This study was designed to examine the effects of a combination of quinolinic acid and the proinflammatory cytokines interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha). Compounds were administered to the hippocampus of anesthetized male rats, animals being allowed to recover for 7 days before histological analysis of the hippocampus for neuronal damage estimated by counting of intact, healthy neurons. A low dose of quinolinic acid or IL-1beta produced no damage by itself, but the two together induced a significant loss of pyramidal neurons in the hippocampus. Higher doses produced almost total loss of pyramidal cells. Intrahippocampal TNF-alpha produced no effect alone but significantly reduced the neuronal loss produced by quinolinic acid. The adenosine A(2A) receptor antagonist ZM241385 reduced neuronal loss produced by the combinations of quinolinic acid and IL-1beta. The results suggest that simultaneous quinolinic acid and IL-1beta, both being induced by cerebral infection or injury, are synergistic in the production of neuronal damage and could together contribute substantially to traumatic, infective, or ischemic cerebral damage. Antagonism of adenosine A(2A) receptors protects neurons against the combination of quinolinic acid and IL-1beta.

  17. Nicotine promotes cell proliferation via {alpha}7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor and catecholamine-synthesizing enzymes-mediated pathway in human colon adenocarcinoma HT-29 cells

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    Wong, Helen Pui Shan; Yu Le; Lam, Emily Kai Yee; Tai, Emily Kin Ki; Wu, William Ka Kei; Cho, Chi Hin . E-mail: chcho@cuhk.edu.hk

    2007-06-15

    Cigarette smoking has been implicated in colon cancer. Nicotine is a major alkaloid in cigarette smoke. In the present study, we showed that nicotine stimulated HT-29 cell proliferation and adrenaline production in a dose-dependent manner. The stimulatory action of nicotine was reversed by atenolol and ICI 118,551, a {beta}{sub 1}- and {beta}{sub 2}-selective antagonist, respectively, suggesting the role of {beta}-adrenoceptors in mediating the action. Nicotine also significantly upregulated the expression of the catecholamine-synthesizing enzymes [tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), dopamine-{beta}-hydroxylase (D{beta}H) and phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase]. Inhibitor of TH, a rate-limiting enzyme in the catecholamine-biosynthesis pathway, reduced the actions of nicotine on cell proliferation and adrenaline production. Expression of {alpha}7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor ({alpha}7-nAChR) was demonstrated in HT-29 cells. Methyllycaconitine, an {alpha}7-nAChR antagonist, reversed the stimulatory actions of nicotine on cell proliferation, TH and D{beta}H expression as well as adrenaline production. Taken together, through the action on {alpha}7-nAChR nicotine stimulates HT-29 cell proliferation via the upregulation of the catecholamine-synthesis pathway and ultimately adrenaline production and {beta}-adrenergic activation. These data reveal the contributory role {alpha}7-nAChR and {beta}-adrenoceptors in the tumorigenesis of colon cancer cells and partly elucidate the carcinogenic action of cigarette smoke on colon cancer.

  18. Role of beta adrenoceptors in the hypertrophic response to thyroxine

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    Eliades, D.; Weiss, H.R. )

    1989-07-01

    The ability of beta-adrenoceptor blockade to reduce the hypertrophic response to thyroxine (T4, 0.5 mg/kg per day, s.c.) was tested in New Zealand white rabbits. Two beta-adrenergic blocking agents, one a full antagonist (propranolol, 9.6 mg/kg per day) and the other a partial agonist (pindolol, 0.96 mg/kg per day) were administered in combination with T4 in an effort to reduce myocardial hypertrophy. A 3 and 16 day group were generated to test the time course of the hypertrophic and receptor responses. Coronary blood flow was measured using radioactive microspheres, and beta-adrenoceptor number and affinity were measured using 125I(-) pindolol as the radioligand. T4 increased coronary blood flow to 1.95 times control values in the 3 day group and 2.2 times control levels in the 16 day group; beta-adrenoceptor number was increased similarly in 3 and 16 day groups to 1.9 times control Bmax levels. Heart weight (HW) to body weight (BW) ratios were significantly increased in only the 16 day group to 1.22 and 1.61 times control, respectively. Treatment with propranolol + T4 blunted the coronary blood flow increase, but receptor upregulation occurred to the same extent as with either substance alone. The HW/BW was increased to 1.49 times control. Pindolol + T4 did not decrease coronary blood flow but blocked beta-adrenoceptor upregulation. The HW was reduced to control levels and the HW/BW ratio was 1.40 times control and significantly decreased from T4 alone. Thus, pindolol was effective in reducing the hypertrophic response to T4, whereas propranolol was only moderately effective in doing so.

  19. Localization of α-adrenoceptors: JR Vane Medal Lecture

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    McGrath, John C

    2015-01-01

    This review is based on the JR Vane Medal Lecture presented at the BPS Winter Meeting in December 2011 by J.C. McGrath. A recording of the lecture is included as supporting information. It covers his laboratory's work from 1990 to 2010 on the localization of vascular α1-adrenoceptors in native tissues, mainly arteries. Main points: (i) α1-adrenoceptors are present on several cell types in arteries, not only on medial smooth muscle, but also on adventitial, endothelial and nerve cells; (ii) all three receptor subtypes (α1A, α1B, α1D) are capable of binding ligands at the cell surface, strongly indicating that they are capable of function and not merely expressed. (iii) all of these cell types can take up an antagonist ligand into the intracellular compartments to which endocytosing receptors move; (iv) each individual subtype can exist at the cell surface and intracellularly in the absence of the other subtypes. As functional pharmacological experiments show variations in the involvement of the different subtypes in contractions of different arteries, it is concluded that the presence and disposition of α1-adrenoceptors in arteries is not a simple guide to their involvement in function. Similar locations of the subtypes, even in different cell types, suggest that differences between the distribution of subtypes in model systems do not directly correlate with those in native tissues. This review includes a historical summary of the alternative terms used for adrenoceptors (adrenergic receptors, adrenoreceptors) and the author's views on the use of colours to illustrate different items, given his partial colour-blindness. PMID:25377869

  20. Studies of cardioselectivity and partial agonist activity in beta-adrenoceptor blockade comparing effects on heart rate and peak expiratory flow rate during exercise.

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    Oh, V M; Kaye, C M; Warrington, S J; Taylor, E A; Wadsworth, J

    1978-01-01

    1 The effects of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists given in single doses by oral or intravenous routes were examined in two double-blind controlled studies performed in healthy volunteers. Heart rate and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) were measured at rest and during standardized exercise. 2 Propranolol 80 mg and metoprolol 100 mg orally tended to reduce, and propranolol and metoprolol 0.2 mg/kg intravenously did reduce the physiological increase in PEFR during exercise; oxprenolol 80 mg orally and 0.2 mg/kg intravenously did not. Practolol 200 mg orally reduced this increase, but practolol 1 mg/kg intravenously did not. 3 In a third study of similar design, pindolol 0.05 mg/kg intravenously did not affect exercise-induced increase in PEFR. 4 Heart rate during exercise was reduced to a comparable extent at different times by all the active treatments. 5 Oxprenolol and pindolol share with practolol the property of partial agonist activity, which might contribute to their apparent lack of effect on airways resistance. A further possibility is that alpha-adrenoceptor blockade helps to maintain exercise-induced increase in PEFR. PMID:23136

  1. The effect of Yohimbine, an alpha2 adrenergic receptor antagonist, on the growth hormone response to apomorphine in normal subjects.

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    Lal, S; Thavundayil, J X; Krishnan, B; Nair, N P; Schwartz, G; Guyda, H

    1996-01-01

    Yohimbine HCl (16 mg po) administered 30 min before clonidine (CLON) (2 ug/kg infused over 10 min) (N = 5) or apomorphine HCl (Apo) (0.5 mg sc) (N = 10) antagonized the growth hormone (GH) response to CLON but had no effect on the GH response to Apo in normal men. This finding suggests that in humans, alpha2 adrenergic mechanisms do not modulate dopaminergic function, at least not in the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, and that the GH response to Apo is not mediated via an alpha2 adrenergic link. PMID:8820174

  2. Characterization of α1-adrenoceptor subtypes mediating vasoconstriction in human umbilical vein

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    Errasti, Andrea Emilse; Velo, María Pía Rogines; Torres, Rodrigo Martín; Sardi, Sergio Pablo; Rothlin, Rodolfo Pedro

    1999-01-01

    The present study attempted to characterize pharmacologically the subtypes of α-adrenoceptors mediating contractions in human umbilical vein (HUV). HUV rings were mounted in isolated organ baths and cumulative concentration-response curves were constructed for the α-adrenoceptor agonists phenylephrine and adrenaline. Adrenaline was more potent than phenylephrine (pD2=7.29 and 6.04 respectively). Isoproterenol exhibited no agonism on KCl pre-contracted HUV rings. Propranolol (1 μM) and rauwolscine (0.1 μM) did not affect the concentration-response curves to adrenaline. These results demonstrate the lack of involvement of functional β- or α2-adrenoceptors in adrenaline-induced vasoconstriction. The non subtype selective α1-adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin was evaluated on phenylephrine and adrenaline concentration-response curves. The effects of the competitive α1A and α1D-adrenoceptor antagonists, 5-methyl urapidil and BMY 7378 and the irreversible α1B selective compound chloroethylclonidine (CEC) were also evaluated on adrenaline concentration-response curves. The potencies of prazosin against responses mediated by adrenaline (pA2=10.87) and phenylephrine (pA2=10.70) indicate the involvement of prazosin-sensitive functional α1-adrenoceptor subtype in vasoconstriction of the HUV. The potencies of 5-methyl urapidil (pA2=6.70) and BMY 7378 (pA2=7.34) were not consistent with the activation of an α1A- or α1D-adrenoceptor population. Exposure to a relatively low CEC concentration (3 μM) abolished the maximum response to adrenaline suggesting that this response was mediated by an α1B-adrenoceptor subtype. We conclude that HUV express a prazosin-sensitive functional α1-adrenoceptor resembling the α1B-subtype according with the low pA2 values for both 5-methyl urapidil and BMY 7378 and the high sensitivity to CEC. PMID:10077236

  3. Activation of α2 adrenoceptor attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced hepatic injury.

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    Chen, Jing-Hui; Yu, Gao-Feng; Jin, Shang-Yi; Zhang, Wen-Hua; Lei, Dong-Xu; Zhou, Shao-Li; Song, Xing-Rong

    2015-01-01

    Sepsis induces hepatic injury but whether alpha-2 adrenoceptor (α2-AR) modulates the severity of sepsis-induced liver damage remains unclear. The present study used lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to induce hepatic injury and applied α2-AR agonist dexmedetomidine (DEX) and/or antagonist yohimbine to investigate the contribution of α2-AR in LPS-induced liver injury. Our results showed that LPS resulted in histological and functional abnormality of liver tissue (ALT and AST transaminases, lactate), higher mortality, an increase in proinflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6 & TNF-α), as well as a change in oxidative stress (MDA, SOD). Activation of α2-AR by dexmedetomidine (DEX) attenuated LPS-induced deleterious effects on the liver and block of α2-AR by yohimbine aggravated LPS-induced liver damage. Our data suggest that α2-AR plays an important role in sepsis-induced liver damage and activation of α2-AR with DEX could be a novel therapeutic avenue to protect the liver against sepsis-induced injury.

  4. Β-adrenoceptors in the medial amygdaloid nucleus modulate the tachycardiac response to restraint stress in rats.

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    Fortaleza, E A T; Scopinho, A A; Corrêa, F M A

    2012-12-27

    In the present study, we investigated the involvement of β-adrenoceptors in the medial amygdaloid nucleus (MeA) in cardiovascular responses evoked in rats submitted to an acute restraint stress. We first pretreated Wistar rats with the nonselective β-adrenoceptor antagonist propranolol microinjected bilaterally into the MeA (10, 15, and 20 nmol/100 nL) 10 min before exposure to acute restraint. The pretreatment with propranolol did not affect the blood pressure (BP) increase evoked by restraint. However, it increased the tachycardiac response caused by acute restraint when animals were pretreated with a dose of 15 nmol, without a significant effect on the BP response. This result indicates that β-adrenoceptors in the MeA have an inhibitory influence on restraint-evoked heart rate (HR) changes. Pretreatment with the selective β(2)-adrenoceptor antagonist ICI 118,551 (10, 15, and 20 nmol/100 nL) significantly increased the restraint-evoked tachycardiac response after doses of 15 and 20 nmol, an effect that was similar to that observed after the pretreatment with propranolol at a dose of 15 nmol, without a significant effect on the BP response. Pretreatment of the MeA with the selective β(1)-adrenoceptor antagonist CGP 20712 (10, 15, and 20 nmol/100 nL) caused an opposite effect on the HR response, and a significant decrease in the restraint-evoked tachycardia was observed only after the dose of 20 nmol, without a significant effect on the BP response. Because propranolol is an equipotent antagonist of both β(1) and β(2)-adrenoceptors, and opposite effects were observed after the treatment with the higher doses of the selective antagonists ICI 118,551 and CGP 20712, the narrow window in the dose-response to propranolol could be explained by a functional antagonism resulting from the simultaneous inhibition of β(1) and β(2)-adrenoceptors by the treatment with propranolol. The present results suggest that β(2)-adrenoceptors have an inhibitory influence on the

  5. Characterising the mechanism of airway smooth muscle β2 adrenoceptor desensitization by rhinovirus infected bronchial epithelial cells.

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    Van Ly, David; Faiz, Alen; Jenkins, Christine; Crossett, Ben; Black, Judith L; McParland, Brent; Burgess, Janette K; Oliver, Brian G G

    2013-01-01

    Rhinovirus (RV) infections account for approximately two thirds of all virus-induced asthma exacerbations and often result in an impaired response to β2 agonist therapy. Using an in vitro model of RV infection, we investigated the mechanisms underlying RV-induced β2 adrenoceptor desensitization in primary human airway smooth muscle cells (ASMC). RV infection of primary human bronchial epithelial cells (HBEC) for 24 hours produced conditioned medium that caused β2 adrenoceptor desensitization on ASMCs without an effect on ASMCs viability. Less than 3 kDa size fractionation together with trypsin digestion of RV-induced conditioned medium did not prevent β2 adrenoceptor desensitization, suggesting it could potentially be mediated by a small peptide or lipid. RV infection of BECs, ASMCs and fibroblasts produced prostaglandins, of which PGE2, PGF2α and PGI2 had the ability to cause β2 adrenoceptor desensitization on ASMCs. RV-induced conditioned medium from HBECs depleted of PGE2 did not prevent ASMC β2