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Eur J Pharmacol. 1978 Jul 1;50(1):75-8.

Increased noradrenaline release in rat portal vein during sympathetic nerve stimulation due to activation of presynaptic beta-adrenoceptors by noradrenaline and adrenaline.


With the aim of investigating whether exogenous noradrenaline (NA) and adrenaline (A) can modulate transmitter release via the stimulation of presynaptic beta-adrenoceptors, 3H-release from isolated portal veins was studied after pretreatment with 3H-1-NA, phenoxybenzamine, desipramine and normetanephrine. NA (10 muM) and A (0.05 muM) increased the fractional 3H-release elicited by sympathetic nerve stimulation by 30%. This effect could be blocked by d, 1-propranolol which per se reduced the release by 10%. It is concluded that NA can facilitate its own release via a presynaptic beta-adrenoceptor-mediated positive feed-back mechanism and that adrenaline can stimulate this beta-adrenoceptor-mediated mechanism.

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