alpha-2 Adrenergic Receptor Definition


Alpha-2 Adrenergic Receptor: A subclass of alpha-adrenergic receptors (RECEPTORS, ADRENERGIC, ALPHA). alpha-2 Adrenergic receptors can be pharmacologically discriminated, e.g., by their high affinity for the agonist clonidine and the antagonist yohimbine. They are found on pancreatic beta cells, platelets, and vascular smooth muscle, as well as both pre- and postsynaptically in the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Synonym: alpha 2 adrenergic receptors, adrenergic alpha-2 receptors, adrenergic, alpha-2 receptor.