alpha receptor

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Synonyms for alpha receptor

receptors postulated to exist on nerve cell membranes of the sympathetic nervous system in order to explain the specificity of certain agents that affect only some sympathetic activities (such as vasoconstriction and relaxation of intestinal muscles and contraction of smooth muscles)

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At the time, Korach was studying mice missing the alpha receptor.
Dibenzyline(R) is a long acting alpha receptor blocking agent used to control the hypertensive crises associated with pheochromocytoma, a tumor of the adrenal gland.
WellSpring intends to manufacture all of its prescription and OTC drug products in the plant and will begin the immediate transfer of its own products, DYRENIUM(R) (a potassium sparing diuretic) and DIBENZYLINE(R) (an alpha receptor blocker used to treat hypertension associated with certain adrenal gland tumors) to Oakville.
The data, presented today at the Institut Pasteur EuroConference on Nitric Oxide, described the use of NO donors attached to either alpha receptor antagonists or to phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors, which are both currently used treatments for MED.
Amatine is a new drug belonging to the class known as alpha receptor agonists and is sold in Europe and Japan for the treatment of both orthostatic hypotension and stress urinary incontinence.
Some participants argued that it can provide some benefit, depending on the individual patient's symptom profile, while others disagreed with the practice, citing the lack of alpha receptors to target in that setting.
Alpha receptors are the ones that cause relaxation of smooth muscles around bronchial tubes when stimulated, while stimulation of beta receptors increases heart activity.