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The α2 receptor is a type of adrenergic receptor.


The α2 receptor has several, general, functions in common with other α-receptors, but also has individual effects.


Common (or still unspecified) effects include:


Individual actions of the α2 receptor include:


A G protein - Gi renders adenylate cyclase inactivated, resulting in decrease of cAMP.

The relaxation of gastrointestinal tract motility is by presynaptic inhibition[4], where transmitters inhibit further release by homotropic effects.


adrenaline has higher affinity for the alpha-2 receptor than has noradrenaline, which, in turn, has much higher affinity than has isoprenaline.[4] Other agonists include:

* denotes selective agonists to the receptor.


(Alpha blockers)

* denotes selective agonists to the receptor.


There are three types of α2 receptors: ADRA2A, ADRA2B, ADRA2C.

See also[]


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  3. Sagrada A, Fargeas MJ, Bueno L (1987). Involvement of α1 and α2 adrenoceptors in the postlaparotomy intestinal motor disturbances in the rat. Gut 28 (8): 955–9.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Rang, H. P. (2003). Pharmacology, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. Page 163
  5. Wright EE, Simpson ER (1981). Inhibition of the lipolytic action of beta-adrenergic agonists in human adipocytes by alpha-adrenergic agonists. J. Lipid Res. 22 (8): 1265–70.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fitzpatrick, David; Purves, Dale; Augustine, George (2004). "Table 20:2" Neuroscience, Third Edition, Sunderland, Mass: Sinauer.
  7. Khan ZP, Ferguson CN, Jones RM (1999). alpha-2 and imidazoline receptor agonists. Their pharmacology and therapeutic role. Anaesthesia 54 (2): 146–65.

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