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Eur J Pharmacol. 1999 Sep 24;381(2-3):141-9.

Expression and pharmacological characterization of alpha1-adrenoceptors in rat seminal vesicle.

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Department of Pharmacology, Universidade Federal de São Paulo-Escola Paulista de Medicina, SP, Brazil.


In the present study, we investigated the alpha1-adrenoceptor subtypes mediating adrenaline-induced contractions of the rat seminal vesicle by using functional studies. The reverse transcription combined with polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was also used to identify of alpha1-adrenoceptor mRNA subtypes. The rank order of potency of alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists in blocking the contractile effects of adrenaline was: prazosin = WB 4101 >>> BMY 7378 > chloroethylclonidine, indicating the presence of alpha1A-adrenoceptors in the rat seminal vesicle. In the presence of nifedipine, there was a 76% reduction in the adrenaline-induced contractions. The nifedipine-insensitive component (24%) of the contractile response to adrenaline was unaffected by chloroethylclonidine. A small pool of spare alpha1-adrenoceptors for adrenaline (0.10%) was also detected. All three alpha1-adrenoceptor subtypes were amplified when RT-PCR was performed on total RNA isolated from rat seminal vesicle. In conclusion, these data indicate the presence of three alpha1-adrenoceptor mRNA subtypes, but only alpha1A-adrenoceptors are involved in the rat seminal vesicle contraction.

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