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Eur J Pharmacol. 1998 Apr 24;347(2-3):301-9.

Characterization of alpha1-adrenoceptor subtypes in the pig.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Academic Hospital, Uppsala University, Sweden.


The identities of the alpha1-adrenoceptor subtypes present in various tissues of the pig were studied using [3H]prazosin radioligand binding. The subtypes were characterized by performing competition experiments for various subtype selective drugs. In the cerebral cortex, spleen and heart, both alpha1A- and alpha1B-adrenoceptors were detected. In the liver was found only the alpha1A-subtype, while in the aorta was found only the alpha1B-subtype. An alpha1-adrenoceptor subtype was present in the adrenal gland with a high affinity for prazosin, the pKd value being 9.6, but with relatively low affinities for other alpha1-adrenoceptor binding drugs. The adrenal gland alpha1-adrenoceptor did not seem to represent the classical alpha1D-subtype, since drugs selective for the alpha1D-subtype in other species, including BMY7378 and SKF104856, showed low affinities for the pig adrenal gland alpha1-adrenoceptor.

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