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These receptors are primarily The entire process takes about 150 microseconds cheap 100mg minomycin free shipping, one of responsible for activating calcium-dependent responses order minomycin 50 mg amex, the fastest enzymatic reactions known. AChE (also known as true, specific, or lyl cyclase, and activation of M2 receptors opens potas- erythrocyte cholinesterase) is found at a number of sites sium channels. The opening of potassium channels hy- in the body, the most important being the cholinergic perpolarizes the membrane potential and decreases the neuroeffector junction. Here it is localized to the pre- excitability of cells in the sinoatrial (SA) and atrioven- junctional and postjunctional membranes, where it rap- tricular (A-V) nodes in the heart. These limitations have been circumvented in Anionic site Esteratic site part by the development of three choline ester derivatives of ACh: methacholine (Provocholine), carbachol (Isopto Carbachol, Miostat) and bethanechol (Urecholine). This modification greatly increases its selectivity for muscarinic receptors (CH3)3N CH2 CH2 OH CH3 C O relative to nicotinic receptors, and it renders methacholine O H resistant to the pseudo-ChE in the plasma and decreases its susceptibility to AChE, thereby increasing its potency and duration of action compared to those of ACh. Carbachol differs from ACh only in the substitution of a carbamoyl group for the terminal methyl group of ACh. This substitution makes carbachol completely resistant to OH degradation by cholinesterases but does not improve its O selectivity for muscarinic versus nicotinic receptors. CH3 C O H Bethanechol combines the addition of the methyl group and the substitution of the terminal carbamoyl group, pro- ducing a drug that is a selective agonist of muscarinic re- FIGURE 12. Simplified scheme of ACh hydrolysis at the active center of All of these drugs are very hydrophilic and mem- ACh. Rectangular area represents the active center of the brane impermeant because they retain the quaternary enzyme with its anionic and esteratic sites. The broken line at right Pilocarpine is a naturally occurring cholinomimetic represents the initial interaction between the serine oxygen alkaloid that is structurally distinct from the choline es- of the enzyme and the carbonyl carbon of ACh. It is a tertiary amine that crosses membranes rela- linkage is broken, choline is liberated, and an acetylated tively easily.

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