Imidazoline receptor

Imidazoline receptors are the primary receptors on which clonidine and other imidazolines act.[1]


There are three classes of imidazoline receptors:[1]

Activated I1-imidazoline receptors trigger the hydrolysis of phosphatidylcholine into DAG. Elevated DAG levels in turn trigger the synthesis of second messengers arachidonic acid and downstream eicosanoids.[2] In addition, the sodium-hydrogen antiporter is inhibited, and enzymes of catecholamine synthesis are induced. The I1-imidazoline receptor may belong to the neurocytokine receptor family, since its signaling pathways are similar to those of interleukins.[2]

Selective Ligands



Imidazoline I2 receptor antagonists reversibly block NMDA receptor-mediated Ca2+ influx[6] and thus may inhibit excitotoxicity.

See also


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  2. 1 2 Ernsberger P (June 1999). "The I1-imidazoline receptor and its cellular signaling pathways". Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 881 (1): 35–53. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.1999.tb09339.x. PMID 10415895.
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  4. Han, Z; et al. (2013). "Fast, non-competitive and reversible inhibition of NMDA-activated currents by 2-BFI confers neuroprotection.". PLOS ONE. 8 (5): e64894. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064894. PMC 3669129Freely accessible. PMID 23741413.
  5. Bousquet P (2002). "I1 imidazoline receptors: From the pharmacological basis to the therapeutic application" (pdf). Journal für Hypertonie. 6 (4): 6–9.
  6. Jiang SX, Zheng RY, Zeng JQ, Li XL, Han Z, Hou ST (March 2010). "Reversible inhibition of intracellular calcium influx through NMDA receptors by imidazoline I(2) receptor antagonists". Eur. J. Pharmacol. 629 (1–3): 12–9. doi:10.1016/j.ejphar.2009.11.063. PMID 19958763.

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