adrenergic receptor(redirected from Alpha adrenergic receptor)
Etymology: L, ad + ren, kidney; Gk, ergon, work; L, recipere, to receive
a site in a sympathetic effector cell that reacts to adrenergic stimulation. Two types of adrenergic receptors are recognized: alpha-adrenergic, which act in response to sympathomimetic stimuli, and beta-adrenergic, which block sympathomimetic activity. In general, stimulation of alpha receptors is excitatory of the function of the host organ or tissue, and stimulation of the beta receptors is inhibitory.
Adrenergic ReceptorAny of a family of G protein-coupled cell membrane receptors which receive neuronal impulses from postganglionic adrenergic fibres of the sympathetic nervous system, which are divided into:
(1) Alpha receptors, which evoke an excitatory response of smooth muscle cells to catecholamines. Alpha receptors are divided into alpha1 (Gq) and alpha2 (Gi) coupled receptors.
Selective agonist, alpha receptor Phenylephrine
Alpha receptor effects Vasoconstriction, reduced GI tract motility.
(2) Beta receptors, which dampen the response to catecholamines. Beta receptors are divided into beta1, beta2, beta3, which are linked to Gs, and adenylate cyclase, increasing cAMP, which in turn drives cAMP-dependent protein kinase that mediates intracellular events.
Selective agonist, beta receptor Isoprenaline
Beta receptor effects Increased cardiac output, increased renin secretion from juxtaglomerular cells, increased gastric ghrelin secretion, smooth muscle relaxation resulting in bronchodilation, reduced GI motility, relaxation of detrusor muscle of the bladder, lipolysis, glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis, increased renin secretion, insulin secretion, vasodilation, anabolism and thermogenesis of skeletal muscle.
adrenergic receptorNeurophysiology Any of a family of cell membrane receptors that receive neuronal impulses from postganglionic adrenergic fibers from the sympathetic nervous sytem, which are divided into α receptors, which results in an excitatory response of smooth muscle cells to catecholamines, and β receptors, which result in an inhibitory response to catecholamines; the GI tract is an exception, in that either α or β receptor stimulation results in relaxation
There are three families of adrenergic receptors, alpha1, alpha2 and beta, and each family contains three distinct subtypes. Each of the nine subtypes are coded by separate genes, and display specific drug specificities and regulatory properties.
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