alexa The action of the psychoactive drug 2C-B on isolated rat thoracic aorta.


Journal of Clinical Toxicology

Author(s): Lobos M, Borges Y, Gonzalez E, Cassels BK

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Abstract 1. 2C-B [2-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)ethylamine] elicits concentration-dependent contraction of the rat thoracic aorta (apparent pD2 = 4.55). The maximal contraction (Emax) attained with 2C-B is less than that produced by either norepinephrine (NE) or serotonin (5-HT). 2. Pretreatment with either prazosin (5 x 10(-9) - 10(-8) M) or ketanserin (5 x 10(-9) - 10(-8) M) leads to decreased slopes and Emax in the 2C-B dose-response curves. 3. 2.82 x 10(-5) M 2C-B potentiates the response to low concentrations of NE; 5 x 10(-5) M 2C-B shows similar behaviour, but with reduced Emax. At 10(-6) M 2C-B acts as a competitive 5-HT antagonist; at 2.8 x 10(-5) M, however, it behaves like a non-competitive 5-HT antagonist. 4. Removal of the endothelial lining from the aortal rings only shifts the 2C-B dose-response curve to the left. 5. These results suggest that 2C-B behaves as a partial agonist toward both alpha 1-adrenergic and 5-HT2 serotonergic receptors. The endothelium only seems to act as a diffusional barrier to the drug.
This article was published in Gen Pharmacol and referenced in Journal of Clinical Toxicology

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