Alpha-adrenoceptors involved on the cardiovascular response induced by mianserin in the pithed rat

General Pharmacology
J L García-RoldánJ Marín

Abstract

1. The effects of the antidepressant drug mianserin on the cardiovascular responses induced by preganglionic electrical stimulation, and i.v. infusion of the adrenergic agonists noradrenaline (NA, alpha 1 and alpha 2), phenylephrine (alpha 1) and xylazine (alpha 2) in the pithed normotensive rat were studied. 2. Mianserin inhibited in a dose-dependent manner the pressor effect caused by electrical stimulation of spinal cord (Th7-Th9) and the infusion of NA, phenylephrine and xylazine. Cocaine increased the inhibitory effect of mianserin on the pressor effect caused by electrical stimulation and NA. 3. Mianserin blocked the xylazine-induced inhibition of cardiac nerve stimulation effect. 4. These results suggest that mianserin blocks the NA uptake, and it is more effective in blocking presynaptic alpha 2- than postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors.

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