Norepinephrine increases cyclic GMP in astrocytes by a mechanism dependent on nitric oxide synthesis

Luis Agulló, Agustina García

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Abstract

Norepinephrine induces a rapid and concentration-dependent rise (EC50= 1.21 ± 0.33 μM) in cyclic GMP levels in astrocyte-enriched cultures from rat brain. The response is partially mediated by α1-adrenoceptors since a marked inhibitory observed in the presence of prarosin while the ß-antagonist propranolol shows a smaller effect and the α2-antagonist yohimbine is ineffective l-NG-methylarginine, an inhibitor of nitric oxide synthesis from l-arginine, blocks the norepinephrine-induced cyclic GMP accumulation. This effect is reversed by l-arginine. © 1991.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-346
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology: Molecular Pharmacology
Volume206
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 1991

Keywords

  • Astrocytes
  • Cyclic GMP
  • Nitric oxide (NO)
  • Norepinephrine

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