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1. AQ 110 is a beta-adrenoceptor agonist which, like isoprenaline and salbutamol, acts directly on the receptors.2. Compared with isoprenaline, AQ 110 has relatively stronger actions on bronchial and vascular smooth muscle (beta(2)-adrenoceptors) than stimulant effects on heart muscle (beta(1)-adrenoceptors). The beta(2)-selectivity of AQ 110 is, however, much less than that of salbutamol, mainly due to the weak cardiac actions of the latter.3. At doses which were equipotent in decreasing the bronchoconstrictor effect produced by a standard dose of 5-hydroxytryptamine, AQ 110 had marginally less hypotensive action than salbutamol and considerably less than isoprenaline.4. Although AQ 110, unlike salbutamol, possesses a catechol group it was found not to be a substrate for catechol-O-methyl transferase and this is considered to account for its significantly prolonged action, compared with isoprenaline, in vivo.


F Fogelman, H F Grundy. A comparison of the cardiovascular actions of AQ 110 with those of isoprenaline and salbutamol. British journal of pharmacology. 1970 Feb;38(2):416-32

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