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Adrenergic Receptors

  1. Craig C Malbon,
  2. Hsien-yu Wang

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0004072



How to Cite

Malbon, C. C. and Wang, H.-y. 2005. Adrenergic Receptors. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


Adrenergic receptors are cell-surface receptors for two major catecholamine hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate key physiological responses, including cardiovascular and pulmonary functions. Operating via heterotrimeric G proteins, adrenergic receptors constitute one of the most intensely studied classes of membrane proteins, whose expression and function are subject to regulation at many different levels, including transcriptional, posttranscriptional and posttranslational.


  • adrenergic receptors;
  • α-adrenergic receptors;
  • β-adrenergic receptors;
  • desensitization;
  • downregulation