Pharmacology of tamsulosin: saturation-binding isotherms and competition analysis using cloned alpha 1-adrenergic receptor subtypes.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: alpha 1-adrenergic receptors (alpha 1 ARs) are important in the dynamic component of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Currently, several alpha 1AR antagonists are being used in the treatment of BPH. METHODS: In order to more fully characterize the pharmacology of the alpha 1AR antagonist tamsulosin, we utilized saturation-binding isotherms with [3H] tamsulosin to determine the Kd of this compound at all three cloned alpha 1AR subtypes stably expressed in rat-1 fibroblasts. To confirm these results, we performed competition binding experiments, displacing [125I]HEAT with increasing concentrations of alfuzosin, doxazosin, 5-methyl-urapidil, prazosin, tamsulosin, terazosin, and (+)YM617 (stereoisomer of tamsulosin) in the same clonal cell lines. RESULTS: [3H]tamsulosin binds to cloned alpha 1AR subtypes with a rank order of affinity of alpha 1a = alpha 1d > alpha 1b. Competition experiments confirmed the relative nonselectivity of alfuzosin, doxazosin, and prazosin, but revealed slight alpha 1b = alpha 1d > alpha 1a selectivity for terazosin, and clear alpha 1a = alpha 1d > alpha 1b for (+)YM617 and tamsulosin([-]YM617); alpha 1a > alpha 1d > alpha 1b selectivity for 5-methyl-urapidil was confirmed. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that tamsulosin displays selectivity for alpha 1a and alpha 1d ARs. This selectivity may contribute to the tamsulosin efficacy reported in several recent clinical studies in patients with BPH.

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Cited Authors

  • Richardson, CD; Donatucci, CF; Page, SO; Wilson, KH; Schwinn, DA

Published Date

  • September 15, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 55 - 59

PubMed ID

  • 9294627

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9294627

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0270-4137

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/(sici)1097-0045(19970915)33:1<55::aid-pros9>;2-8


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States