Vascular α-adrenergic blocking properties of quinidine

Robert W. Caldwell, Janet T. Elam, Thomas E. Mecca, Clinton B. Nash

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The specificity of the α-adrenergic vascular blockade by quinidine was tested in the inatct dog, in rabbit isolated aortic strips, and in rats under ganglionic blockade. Quinidine did not affect the pressor response of angiotensin II in dogs, the contractile response of histamine nor angiotensin II in aortic strips, nor the dose-pressor response curve of the α-agonist, B-HT 933 in the rat. However, the pressor effect of adrenaline and noradrenaline (NA) were significantly reduced in dogs, and the dose-response curves to NA in aortic strips and to the α-agonist, phenylphrine in rats was shifted to the right in a parallel manner by quinidine. In the rat, quinidine is at least 14 times more potent in antagonizing the vasopressor effect of an α1-vs. and α2-adrenoceptor agonist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Oct 28 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • Ganglionic-blocked rat
  • Quinidine
  • α-vs. α-Adrenergic blockade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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