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Does Alpha 2 cause vasoconstriction?
Last Updated: 23rd March, 2020
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Also know, how do alpha 2 receptors cause vasoconstriction?
Activation of sympathetic nerves innervating blood vessels results in smooth muscle contraction (vasoconstriction) reducing the caliber of the artery or vein. Alpha-2 adrenoceptors are present on presynaptic nerve terminals and, when activated, inhibit the release of norepinephrine.
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Accordingly, how do alpha 2 agonists affect blood pressure?
Alpha 2 receptors in the brain stem and in the periphery inhibit sympathetic activity and thus lower blood pressure. Alpha 2 receptor agonists such as clonidine or guanabenz reduce central and peripheral sympathetic overflow and via peripheral presynaptic receptors may reduce peripheral neurotransmitter release.
What do alpha 1 and alpha 2 receptors do?
Alpha 1 receptors are the classic postsynaptic alpha receptors and are found on vascular smooth muscle. They determine both arteriolar resistance and venous capacitance, and thus BP. Alpha 2 receptors are found both in the brain and in the periphery. In the brain stem, they modulate sympathetic outflow.