Cardiac denervation supersensitivity produced in guinea pigs by 6-hydroxy-dopamine

Sara Shavit, Sidney Gassner, Amos D. Korczyn*

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The effects of chemical sympathectomy with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OH-DA) on the sensitivity of guinea-pig heart to catecholamines were studied. Heart rate at rest and chronotropic effects of catecholamines remained unchanged after chemical sympathectomy, while the arrhythmogenic effects of epinephrine, norepinep rine and isoprenaline were potentiated markedly. Our results indicate that chemical sympathectomy with 6-OH-DA produced post synaptic denervation supersensitivity in the heart ventricles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalPharmacological Research Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1984


FundersFunder number
American Physicians Fellowship for the Israel Medical Association


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