07-11-2003, 04:16 PM #1
hey folks, anyone ever heard of this? i was searching around the literature today and found this article, sounds like it has good potential.
Beta 2-agonist fenoterol has greater effects on contractile function of rat skeletal muscles than clenbuterol .
Ryall JG, Gregorevic P, Plant DR, Sillence MN, Lynch GS.
Department of Physiology, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia.
Potential treatments for skeletal muscle wasting and weakness ideally possess both anabolic and ergogenic properties. Although the beta(2)-adrenoceptor agonist clenbuterol has well-characterized effects on skeletal muscle, less is known about the therapeutic potential of the related beta(2)-adrenoceptor agonist fenoterol. We administered an equimolar dose of either clenbuterol or fenoterol to rats for 4 wk to compare their effects on skeletal muscle and tested the hypothesis that fenoterol would produce more powerful anabolic and ergogenic effects. Clenbuterol treatment increased fiber cross-sectional area (CSA) by 6% and maximal isometric force (P(o)) by 20% in extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles, whereas fiber CSA in soleus muscles decreased by 3% and P(o) was unchanged, compared with untreated controls. In the EDL muscles, fenoterol treatment increased fiber CSA by 20% and increased P(o) by 12% above values achieved after clenbuterol treatment. Soleus muscles of fenoterol-treated rats exhibited a 13% increase in fiber CSA and a 17% increase in P(o) above that of clenbuterol-treated rats. These data indicate that fenoterol has greater effects on the functional properties of rat skeletal muscles than clenbuterol.
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