Effect of propranolol on secretin-induced gastrin release and secretin-induced tachycardia in patients with the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome

M. Goldschmiedt, J. S. Redfern, M. Feldman

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-331
Number of pages7
JournalAlimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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