Beta 2-adrenoceptor-mediated increase in the slow inward calcium current in atrial cells

European Journal of Pharmacology
T Iijima, N Taira


The effects of procaterol (beta 2-adrenoceptor agonist) on the slow inward calcium current (Isi) were examined in single cells of guinea-pig heart. Procaterol increased Isi in atrial cells, in the presence of atenolol (beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist). The effect was abolished by ICI-118551 (beta 2-adrenoceptor antagonist). However, procaterol did not modify the membrane currents in ventricular cells. These results suggest that beta 2-adrenoceptor agonists bind to beta 2-adrenoceptors in atrial cells and augment Isi, but beta 2-adrenoceptors are not present in ventricular cells.


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