Author(s): Pascual J, Borda E, Cossio P, Arana R, SterinBorda L
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Abstract It has been shown that sera from chagasic patients contain an antibody which binds to beta-adrenoceptors of myocardium and modulates their activity. Chagasic IgG triggered a marked stimulation of myocardial contractility with an increase in intramyocardial cyclic AMP and inhibition of (Na+ + K+)-ATPase activity. Both the mechanical and enzymatic effects of the IgG could be prevented by beta-adrenoceptor blockade or after the absorption of chagasic IgG with turkey red blood cells. In contrast, guinea pig red blood cells were unable to remove the beta-reactivity of chagasic IgG. These findings suggest that the IgG from chagasic patients increases myocardial contractility by behaving as a beta-agonist. This effect is likely related to stimulation of the adenylate cyclase coupled to the cardiac beta-adrenoceptor.
This article was published in Biochem Pharmacol
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