Modulation of β-receptors as adult and neonatal cardiac myocytes progress into culture

Evy Lundgren, Louis Terracio, Donald O. Allen, Thomas K. Borg

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Modulation of β-adrenergic receptors and their ability to respond to β-receptor stimulation was studied in cultures of adult and neonatal rat cardiac myocytes. The radioligand iodocyanopindolol (125I-CYP) was used to identify β-adrenoceptors on the intact cells.125I-CYP was found to bind to the receptors in a stereospecific and saturable manner. Freshly isolated neonatal and adult myocytes both had a receptor density of approximately 50 fmol/mg protein. The number of β-receptors per milligram protein was similar during a 10-d culture period for adult myocytes but increased after a 5-d culture period for neonatal myocytes. Both cell types responded to β-receptor stimulation with isoproterenol by a twofold increase in the concentration of cAMP and this response increased with time in culture. The number of receptors as well as the response to isoproterenol was similar for neonatal myocytes cultured on laminin, collagen type I, or on uncoated culture dishes. From these data we conclude that cultured cardiac myocytes maintain functional β-receptors as they progress into culture, and the expression of β-receptors is not influenced by culture substrates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalIn Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1988


  • ECM-components
  • cAMP
  • cell-culture
  • myocytes
  • β-receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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