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The Effects of p-TA and p-OA on Noradrenergic Mechanisms of the Rat Vas Deferens

  • S. M. Celuch
  • A. V. Juorio
Part of the Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience book series (ECN)


In the prostatic portion of the vas deferens the noradrenaline (NA) which is released by nerve stimulation modulates the twitch responses elicited by the motor neurotransmitter. These modulatory effects are mediated by activation of inhibitory presynaptic α2 adrenoceptors, inhibitory postsynaptic β2 adrenoceptors and excitatory postsynaptic α1 adrenoceptors (Ambache et al., 1972; von Euler and Hedqvist, 1975; MacDonald and McGrath, 1980). The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of two sympathomimetic amines, p-tyramine (p-TA) and p-octopamine (p-OA) on the twitch responses of the prostatic portion of the rat vas deferens and to compare their effects with those of NA. p-Tyramine is an indirectly acting amine which produces its effects by releasing NA (Burn and Rand, 1958); in addition it was suggested that in some peripheral tissues this amine activates the adrenoceptors directly (Krishnamurty and Grollman, 1972; Morcillo et al., 1984). p-Octopamine is an amine of mixed action with both direct and indirect effects (Trendelenburg et. al., 1962; Celuch and Juorio, 1987).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Celuch
    • 1
  • A. V. Juorio
    • 1
  1. 1.Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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