The mechanism for secretin-induced gastrin release in the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome is uncertain. We evaluated whether the stimulatory effect of intravenous secretin on gastrin release was partly mediated through a beta-adrenergic stimulatory mechanism. Serum gastrin concentrations and heart rate were monitored in six patients with the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Secretin (2 clinical units/kg) increased mean serum gastrin concentrations from 1558 pg/ml basally to a peak of 3683 pg/ml (136% above baseline). This increase was not altered by pretreatment with 2 mg of propranolol intravenously, a dose which in previous studies blocked terbutaline-induced gastrin release. Secretin increased heart rate by 14 beats/min (20% above base-line) and this also was not altered by propranolol pretreatment. Thus, the stimulatory effects of secretin on gastrinoma cells and the heart do not appear to be mediated by beta-adrenergic receptors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics|
|State||Published - 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)