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Descriptor in English: Octopamine
Descriptor in Spanish: Octopamina
Descriptor in Portuguese: Octopamina
Descriptor in French: Octopamine
Entry term(s): 4-Octopamine
Norsympatol
Norsynephrine
alpha-(Aminoethyl)-4-hydroxybenzenemethanol
p-Octopamine
para-Octopamine
Tree number(s): D02.033.100.291.525
D02.092.063.291.525
D02.092.211.215.811.651
D02.092.471.683.725
Scope note: An alpha-adrenergic sympathomimetic amine, biosynthesized from tyramine in the CNS and platelets and also in invertebrate nervous systems. It is used to treat hypotension and as a cardiotonic. The natural D(-) form is more potent than the L(+) form in producing cardiovascular adrenergic responses. It is also a neurotransmitter in some invertebrates.
Allowable Qualifiers: AA analogs & derivatives
AD administration & dosage
AE adverse effects
AG agonists
AI antagonists & inhibitors
AN analysis
BI biosynthesis
BL blood
CF cerebrospinal fluid
CH chemistry
CL classification
CS chemical synthesis
DF deficiency
EC economics
GE genetics
HI history
IM immunology
IP isolation & purification
ME metabolism
PD pharmacology
PH physiology
PK pharmacokinetics
PO poisoning
RE radiation effects
SD supply & distribution
ST standards
TO toxicity
TU therapeutic use
UR urine
Online Note: use OCTOPAMINE to search NORSYNEPHRINE 1966-90
History Note: 91; NORSYNEPHRINE was heading 1963-90
DeCS UI: 29307
Descriptor UI: D009655
Date Established: 1991/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2013/07/08
Octopamine - Preferred
Concept UI M0014995
Scope note An alpha-adrenergic sympathomimetic amine, biosynthesized from tyramine in the CNS and platelets and also in invertebrate nervous systems. It is used to treat hypotension and as a cardiotonic. The natural D(-) form is more potent than the L(+) form in producing cardiovascular adrenergic responses. It is also a neurotransmitter in some invertebrates.
Preferred term Octopamine
Entry term(s) 4-Octopamine
Norsympatol
Norsynephrine
alpha-(Aminoethyl)-4-hydroxybenzenemethanol
p-Octopamine
para-Octopamine



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