The action of trelibet, a new antidepressive agent on [3H]noradrenaline release from rabbit pulmonary artery

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Trelibet, a new antidepressant, used at 10-7-10-4 M failed to affect the [3H]noradrenaline ([3H]NA) release evoked from the isolated main pulmonary artery of the rabbit low frequency (2 Hz) nerve stimulation whether the neuronal uptake inhibitor cocaine (3 × 10-5 M) was present or not. Its metabolite (EGYT-2760) however, potentiated the nerve-evoked release of [3H]NA. In the absence of cocaine both the resting and the stimulation-evoked release of 3H increased in response to EGYT-2760. These effect were accompanied by muscle contraction. The EGYT-2760-potentiated transmitter release was inhibited either by exogenously applied 1-noradrenaline (10-6 M) or clonidine (10-6 M), preferential agonists of presynaptic α2-adrenoceptors. The 1-noradrenaline-induced inhibition of transmitter release potentiated by EGYT-2760 was antagonized by 3 × 10-7 M yohimbine, a preferential α2-adrenoceptor inhibitor. In the absence of cocaine, Ca2+ removal from the external medium failed to affect the 3H outflow-increasing effect of EGYT-2760 but abolished the nerve-evoked release-potentiating action of this compound. It is concluded that the metabolite of trelibet exerts a 'yohimbine-like' action, as well as a 'tyramine-like' effect in peripheral sympathetic nerve fibres.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-227
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 1986


  • 1-Noradrenaline
  • Clonidine
  • Sympathetic nerves (peripheral)
  • Trelibet
  • Yohimbine
  • [H]Noradrenaline release

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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