Jun 1, 1976

Selectivity of beta-adrenoceptor agonists and antagonists on bronchial, skeletal, vascular and cardiac muscle in the anaesthetized cat

British Journal of Pharmacology
G H ApperleyG P Levy


1 The potencies of fifteen beta-adrenoceptor agonists of widely differing chemical structures were compared with that of (-)-isoprenaline on bronchial muscle, soleus muscle, blood pressure and heart rate in the anaesthetized cat. The beta-adrenoceptor antagonist potencies of propranolol and practolol were determined against (-)-isoprenaline in the same model. 2 (-)-Isoprenaline was the most potent agonist and its action was essentially unselective. Thus, on all four parameters the minimal effective dose was 0.003-0.01 mug/kg and maximal or near maximal responses were produced by 0.3-1 mug/kg. Trimetoquinol was also an essentially unselective agonist. 3 For thirteen of the remaining fourteen agonists, potency was similar on bronchial muscle, soleus muscle and blood pressure but significantly lower on heart rate. 4 The remaining agonist - AH 7616 (4-hydroxy-alpha1-[[(1-methyl-3,3-diphenyl-propyl)amino]-methyl]-m-xylene-alpha1, alpha3-diol, acetate) - was also significantly less potent on heart rate than on the other parameters; in addition, it was clearly less potent on soleus muscle and blood pressure than on bronchial muscle when 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) was used to induce bronchospasm. However, when acetylcholine was used in...Continue Reading

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Bronchial System
Blood Vessel
Diastolic Blood Pressure
Antagonist Muscle Action

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