Preferential release of epinephrine by glycine from adrenal chromaffin cells

G. Yadid, M. B.H. Youdim, O. Zinder

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Isolated adrenal chromaffin cells were used as a model for the release of catecholamines from adrenergic nerve endings. In this study we used an HPLC technique to determine the effects of acetylcholine and glycine on norepinephrine and epinephrine release. The amount of catecholamine released in response to glycine was 22% less than that released by acetylcholine. However, while the norepinephrine-to-epinephrine ratio was 1.6 after stimulation with acetylcholine, it was 0.6 after stimulation with glycine. This suggests that glycine preferentially affects epinephrine secretion as compared to acetylcholine, which preferentially releases norepinephrine. This differential effect could be of physiological importance considering our recent demonstration of a functional high-affinity chloride-gated glycine receptor on adrenal chromaffin cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-391
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 20 Oct 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Acetylcholine
  • Chromaffin cells
  • Epinephrine
  • Glycine
  • Norepinephrine


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