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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Intrahepatic expression of interferon alpha and interferon alpha receptor m-RNA can be used as predictors to interferon response in HCV and HCC patients.
At the time, Korach was studying mice missing the alpha receptor.
New data from the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) have shown that thiazide diuretics are virtually identical to ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and alpha receptor blockers at preventing death from CHD and from nonfatal myocardial infarction.
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.
The extended-release formulation minimizes the peaks and troughs in blood levels, thereby decreasing overactivation of the alpha receptors in the brain and periphery.
These nine articles describe some of the work being done to differentiate markers and use their presence to detect and treat a range of cancers, addressing the characterization of breast cancer subtypes in a large retrospective study, intraocular lymphoma markers, polymorphisms in genes associated with certain T-cell lymphomas, tumor antigens that are markers of minimal residual disease in acute myeloid leukemia, thyroid tumor markers, activity and expression of dipeptidyl peptidase IV and cathepsin H in human cutaneous melanoma compared to other common cancers, melanoma inhibitory activity as a serological marker in metastic melanoma, and the promise (or myth) of the tumor necrosis factor alpha receptors p55 and p75 in ovarian cancer detection.
Alpha receptors cause body fat to be stored in our system, while beta receptors cause it to be released.