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Mol Cell Biochem. 1995 Aug-Sep;149-150:217-21.

Membrane phospholipids and adrenergic receptor function.

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  • 1Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


We have reviewed the effects on adrenergic receptors by membrane phospholipid alterations secondary to oxidative stress and phospholipases' activity. Experimental evidences indicate that the function of both alpha- and beta-adrenoceptors is regulated by their phospholipid microdomain; however, the underlying mechanism is still undefined. No information seems to be available on the influence of phospholipids on alpha 2-adrenoceptors and on all adrenoceptors' subtypes. Thus, further studies are necessary to clarify the role of membrane phospholipids in regulating the function of each member of the adrenergic receptor superfamily.

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