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Trends Cardiovasc Med. 1997 Jul;7(5):137-45. doi: 10.1016/S1050-1738(97)00034-0.

Adrenergic Receptors From Molecular Structure to in vivo function.

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Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, CA 94305, USA; Department of Pharmacology, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany.


Adrenergic receptors form the interface between the sympathetic nervous system and the cardiovascular system as well as many endocrine and parenchymal tissues. Although several hundred G-protein-coupled receptors have been identified, adrenergic receptors, along with the visual pigment rhodopsin, have been among the most extensively studied members of this family of receptors. This review focuses on recent advances in understanding the molecular structure, function, and regulation of adrenergic receptors using in vitro systems and integrates recent transgenic animal models that were generated to study the adrenergic system in vivo. (Trends Cardiovasc Med 1997;7:137-145).

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