Alpha-adrenoceptor responsiveness in the aged rat.

The effects of ageing on vascular alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenoceptors were examined using anaesthetised and pithed young (3-7 months) and old (21-24 months) Sprague-Dawley rats. In pithed animals, the pressor and cardioinhibitory effects of the alpha 2-adrenoceptor agonist xylazine were significantly reduced in old animals (8- and 6-fold shift), but the… CONTINUE READING