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Recently, tissue segment binding method with a hydrophilic radioligand [(3)H]-CGP12177 was developed to detect plasma membrane beta-adrenoceptors in rat heart (Horinouchi et al., 2006). In the present study, propranolol (40 mg kg(-1) day(-1)), atenolol (40 mg kg(-1) day(-1)) and bevantolol (200 mg kg(-1) day(-1)) were administered to rats for 6 weeks, and the changes of plasma membrane beta-adrenoceptors and their mRNA expression in rat ventricle were examined. Chronic administration of propranolol increased the beta(1)-adrenoceptors but decreased the beta(2)-adrenoceptors without changing total amount of plasma membrane beta-adrenoceptors. Atenolol increased both plasma membrane beta(1)- and beta(2)-adrenoceptors, whereas bevantolol had no effect on the beta-adrenoceptor density and their subtype proportions. In contrast, the density of beta-adrenoceptors detected in conventional homogenate binding study was extremely low (approximately 60% of plasma membrane beta-adrenoceptors detected with the tissue segment binding method) and the effects of chronic administration of beta-adrenoceptor antagonists were not necessarily in accord with those at the plasma membrane beta-adrenoceptors. The mRNA levels of beta(1)- and beta(2)-adrenoceptors were not altered by propranolol treatment, while beta(1)-adrenoceptor mRNA significantly decreased after administration of atenolol or bevantolol without changing the level of beta(2)-adrenoceptor mRNA. The present binding study with intact tissue segments clearly shows that the plasma membrane beta(1)- and beta(2)-adrenoceptors of rat heart, in contrast to the homogenate binding sites and the mRNA levels, are differently affected by chronic treatment with three beta-adrenoceptor antagonists; up- and down-regulations of beta(1)- and beta(2)-adrenoceptors, respectively, by propranolol, and up-regulation of both the subtypes by atenolol, but no significant change in both the subtypes by bevantolol.


Takahiro Horinouchi, Shigeru Morishima, Takashi Tanaka, Fumiko Suzuki, Yoshio Tanaka, Katsuo Koike, Soichi Miwa, Ikunobu Muramatsu. Different changes of plasma membrane beta-adrenoceptors in rat heart after chronic administration of propranolol, atenolol and bevantolol. Life sciences. 2007 Jul 12;81(5):399-404

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PMID: 17628611

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