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Eur J Pharmacol. 1995 Apr 28;289(2):283-90.

Effect of ageing and propranolol administration on myocardial beta-adrenoceptor receptor function in mature rats.

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Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland, Dublin.


Ageing is accompanied by diminishing myocardial tissue beta-adrenoceptor responses. The relative contribution of maturation and senescence to reported age-related changes in cell-surface beta-adrenoceptor dysfunction has not been established, since previous investigation has incorporated young rats lacking full maturity. We have examined myocardial ventricle membrane beta-adrenoceptor function in mature young (6 month) and old (26 month) male Wistar rats and the effect of propranolol infusion for seven days on beta-adrenoceptor function in these groups. beta 1-adrenoceptors comprised 63-72% of total beta-adrenoceptor density in both groups. beta 1-adrenoceptor densities were similar in young and old rats (young, 20.4 +/- 2.3; old, 24.7 +/- 1.4 fmol/mg protein +/- S.E.). beta 2-adrenoceptor densities were higher in older rats (young, 8.2 +/- 0.5, n = 9; old, 13.6 +/- 1.8, n = 9 fmol/mg protein +/- S.E., P < 0.025). Subcutaneous infusion of propranolol for seven days with miniosmotic pumps was accompanied by an increase in beta 1- and beta 2-adrenoceptor densities in young rats only (beta 1-, 38%, P < 0.05; beta 2- 52%, P < 0.025). beta 1-adrenoceptor agonist affinity and adenylate cyclase response to isoprenaline, GTP, Gpp(NH)p, Mn2+ and forskolin were not affected by age or propranolol infusion in either age-group. These findings demonstrate that male Wistar rats do not exhibit changes in myocardial ventricle beta-adrenoceptor-G-protein coupling capacity or adenylate cyclade activation with ageing beyond maturity.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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