PMID: 38408Apr 30, 1979

Selective stimulation of central alpha-autoreceptors following treatment with alpha-methyldopa and FLA 136

Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology


1. The accumulation of normetanephrine in the rat brain induced by the monoamine oxidase inhibitor nialamide was inhibited following alpha-methyldopa and 4-amino-3-(2,6-dichlorobenzylidenehydrazino)-1,2,4-triazole (FLA 136). It was not changed following alpha-methylmetatyrosine despite a greater disappearance of noradrenaline than after alpha-methyldopa. The alpha-adrenoreceptor blocking agent yohimbine increased the nialamide-induced accumulation of normetanephrine and completely antagonized the actions of alpha-methyldopa and FLA 136, indicating that the effects of the two drugs are due to stimulation of alpha-adrenoreceptors. 2. The flexor reflex activity of spinalized rats was not influenced by alpha-methyldopa and alpha-methylmetatyrosine at the doses used in the biochemical experiments, as previously found for FLA 136, indicating no stimulation of classical, postsynaptic, central alpha-adrenoreceptors. 3. The biochemical effects of alpha-methyldopa and FLA 136 might be caused by stimulation of alpha-autoreceptors on the cell bodies and the nerve terminals of noradrenaline neurons. A similar mechanism might be involved in the hypotension reported by other investigators following these drugs.


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