Relative inotropic and chronotropic activity of beta-adrenoceptor stimulants in anaesthetised, areflexic dogs

European Journal of Pharmacology
B EngelA H Goodman


The use of different methods of measuring contractility and the effects of cardiovascular reflexes are among the factors which complicate the assessment of selective inotropic activity of beta-adrenoceptor agonists. The effects of dobutamine, prenalterol, noradrenaline and isoprenaline on heart rate, iliac blood flow, left ventricular pressure, max dP/dt and (dP/dt) divided by IIT (integrated isometric tension) were evaluated in anaesthetised dogs in which the hearts were denervated and blood pressure held constant. All the drugs caused dose-dependent increases in heart rate and contractility. The relative chronotropic and inotropic activity of each agonist was evaluated. At most doses studied the agonists exerted similar chronotropic and inotropic activity when compared to the non-selective agonist isoprenaline. It is likely that the inotropic selectivity observed with prenalterol and dobutamine in previous studies depends on factors other than direct drug action.


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Oct 8, 1985·European Journal of Pharmacology·B EngelA H Goodman

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