Specific α-adrenergic receptor desensitization in vascular smooth muscle

O. Carrier, E. K. Wedell, Kirk Barron

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Abstract

Specific desensitization of vascular tissue to norephinephrine was studied using an open-ring-type strip preparation of rabbit aorta. Aortae were taken from untreated, reserpine-pretreated (0.1 mg/kg/day; 3, 5, or 7 days) and 6-hydroxydopamine-pretreated (50 mg/kg; 3 or 7 days before sacrifice) rabbits. Aortic strips from the pretreated rabbits were supersensitive to norepinephrine. Subsequent to obtaining the first dose-response curve for norepinephrine, aortic strips were less sensitive to norepinephrine. It was found that desensitization to norepinephrine occurred following 10 min preincubation with 10-6M norepinephrine, and 20 min preincubation with 10-7M norepinephrine. The desensitization of supersensitive strips was significantly greater than in controls. Dopamine and isoproterenol desensitized both untreated and pretreated strips to norepinephrine. Phenylephrine desensitized strips to norepinephrine from 6-hydroxydopamine-pretreated rabbits. Acetylcholine and potassium did not desensitize strips to norepinephrine; however, acetylcholine desensitized strips to acetylcholine. It is concluded from these studies that norepinephrine desensitization is a specific α-adrenergic-related event.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-258
Number of pages12
JournalBlood Vessels
Volume15
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1978

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Vascular Smooth Muscle
Adrenergic Receptors
Norepinephrine
Acetylcholine
Rabbits
Oxidopamine
Aorta
Reserpine
Phenylephrine
Isoproterenol
Adrenergic Agents
Blood Vessels
Dopamine
Potassium

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Carrier, O. ; Wedell, E. K. ; Barron, Kirk. / Specific α-adrenergic receptor desensitization in vascular smooth muscle. In: Blood Vessels. 1978 ; Vol. 15, No. 4. pp. 247-258.
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In: Blood Vessels, Vol. 15, No. 4, 01.01.1978, p. 247-258.

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