Chronic beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist treatment sensitizes beta 2-adrenoceptors, but desensitizes M2-muscarinic receptors in the human right atrium.

1. In 64 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting the effects of chronic beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonist (metoprolol, atenolol, bisoprolol) treatment on right atrial beta-adrenoceptor and muscarinic M2-receptor number and functional responsiveness were investigated. 2. The beta 1-adrenoceptor antagonists increased right atrial beta 1-adrenoceptor… (More)