Jun 1, 1976

Effect of hypothyroidism on responsiveness to beta-adrenergic stimulation

Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
M J FreglyP E Tyler


Chronic administration of aminotriazole (0.5 g/kg food) to rats was accompanied by a reduced responsiveness to acute administration of the beta-adrenergic agonist, l-isoproterenol (50-100 mug/kg, sc). The responses tested included water intake, change in heart rate in the anesthetized and unanesthetized rat, change in mean blood pressure, and change in blood glucose concentration. In addition, the increase in tail skin temperature accompanying administration of epinephrine (1 mg/kg, sc) was significantly reduced in the hypothyroid group. Administration of l-thyroxine (25 mug/kg per day, ip) to aminotriazole-treated rats prevented the reduction in responsiveness to beta-adrenergic stimulation. Thus, an interaction appears to exist between the level of thyroid activity and responsiveness to beta-adrenergic agonists in rats.

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