Chemical Name: 4-[1-(2,3-Dimethylphenyl)ethyl]-1H-imidazole hydrochloride
Biological ActivityMedetomidine hydrochloride is a potent, highly selective α2-adrenoceptor agonist (Ki values are 1.08 and 1750 nM for α2- and α1-adrenoceptors respectively). Displays greater selectivity over α1-adrenoceptors than clonidine and UK 14,304 (1620-, 220- and 300-fold respectively). Inhibits twitch response in electrically stimulated mouse vas deferens (pD2 = 9.0). Active in vivo; displays hypotensive, bradycardic, sedative, anxiolytic, hypothermic and analgesic effects.
Active Isomer also available.
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Evidence for medetomidine as a selective and potent agonist at alpha 2-adrenoceptors.
Savola et al.
Characterization of the selectivity, specificity and potency of medetomidine as an α2-adrenoceptor agonist.
Virtanen et al.
Medetomidine - a novel α2-adrenoceptor agonist: a review of its pharmacodynamic effects.
Scheinin et al.
Citations for Medetomidine hydrochloride
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Role of alpha2-adrenoceptors and glutamate mechanisms in the external urethral sphincter continence reflex in rats.
Authors: Furuta Et al.
Alpha2-adrenoceptor subtypes involved in the regulation of catecholamine release from the adrenal medulla of mice.
Authors: Moura Et al.
Br J Pharmacol 2006;149:1049
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