Alpha and beta adrenergic sensitivity in trained and untrained albino rats

Gábor Pavlik, ágnes Hegyi, Róbert Frenkl

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The effects on the blood pressure and heart rate responses of different adrenergic stimulants (norepinephrine, sympathomim, epinephrine and isoproterenol) and blocking agents (phenoxybenzamine and propranolol) were studied in control (N = 55) and exercising (N = 52) albino rats under anaesthesia. The test rats exercised by regular swimming for 10-14 weeks. Alpha stimulation and beta blocking produced smaller responses while alpha blocking and beta stimulation were followed by greater changes after training as compared with the control animals. The assumption of a modified adrenergic receptor sensitivity could not be substantiated by the results; the observations indicate rather a complex change in the autonomous regulation following regular physical exercise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-73
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1976


  • Adrenergic responsivity
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Physical training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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