Beta-Adrenergic Agonists

  • Philip L. Ballard
Part of the Monographs on Endocrinology book series (ENDOCRINOLOGY, volume 28)


Treatment of the fetus with adrenergic agonists causes both release of surfactant and fluid reabsorption by the lung. These effects have been investigated in both whole animal preparations and in culture systems. It is likely that endogenous catecholamines also stimulate these processes and thus have an important role in establishing normal lung function at birth. In the first half of this chapter I review the data supporting this hypothesis. Section 8.2 deals with β-adrenergic receptors in lung. In recent years there has been considerable interest and progress in defining the distribution, properties and regulation of these receptors.


Adenylate Cyclase Fetal Lung Lung Lavage Lung Fluid Endogenous Catecholamine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip L. Ballard
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics and Cardiovascular Research InstituteUniversity of California Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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