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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

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

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

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

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