Effects of the β2-agonist clenbuterol on β1- and β2-adrenoceptor mRNA expressions of rat skeletal and left ventricle muscles

Shogo Sato, Sachiko Nomura, Fuuun Kawano, Jun Tanihata, Kaoru Tachiyashiki, Kazuhiko Imaizumi

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    The β2-agonist clenbuterol [4-amino-α(t-butyl-amino) methyl-3,5-dichlorobenzyl alcohol] is used as a non-steroidal anabolic drug for sports doping. The effects of clenbuterol on the transcriptional process and mRNA stability of β-adrenoceptor (β-AR) in skeletal and cardiac muscles are still unknown. Therefore, we investigated the effects of clenbuterol on β1- and β2-AR mRNA expressions of fast-twitch fiber-rich extensor digitorum longus (EDL), slow-twitch fiber-rich soleus (SOL), and left ventricle (LV) muscles by real-time RT-PCR. Adult male Sprague Dawley rats were divided into the clenbuterol-administered group and control group. The administration (dose = 1.0 mg/kg body weight/day, s.c.) of clenbuterol was maintained for 10 days. The administration of clenbuterol significantly increased the weight, RNA concentration, and total RNA content of EDL muscle. No effects of clenbuterol on those of SOL and LV muscles, however, were observed. The administration of clenbuterol significantly decreased β1-AR mRNA expression of LV muscle. Furthermore, the administration of clenbuterol significantly decreased β2-AR mRNA expression of EDL and LV muscles. No effect of clenbuterol on β2-AR mRNA expression of SOL muscle, however, was observed. These results suggest that the effects of clenbuterol on β1- and β2-AR mRNA expressions and muscle hypertrophy depend on muscle fiber types.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)393-400
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Pharmacological Sciences
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2008



    • β-adrenoceptor mRNA
    • Clenbuterol
    • Down-regulation
    • Muscle hypertrophy
    • Skeletal and left ventricle muscles

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pharmacology
    • Molecular Medicine

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