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Brittany J. Carr, Koichiro Mihara, Rithwik Ramachandran, Mahmoud Saifeddine, Neil M. Nathanson, William K. Stell, Morley D. Hollenberg; Myopia-Inhibiting Concentrations of Muscarinic Receptor Antagonists Block Activation of Alpha2A-Adrenoceptors In Vitro. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2018;59(7):2778-2791. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/iovs.17-22562.
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Myopia is a refractive disorder that degrades vision. It can be treated with atropine, a muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR) antagonist, but the mechanism is unknown. Atropine may block α-adrenoceptors at concentrations ≥0.1 mM, and another potent myopia-inhibiting ligand, mamba toxin-3 (MT3), binds equally well to human mAChR M4 and α1A- and α2A-adrenoceptors. We hypothesized that mAChR antagonists could inhibit myopia via α2A-adrenoceptors, rather than mAChR M4.
Human mAChR M4 (M4), chicken mAChR M4 (cM4), or human α2A-adrenergic receptor (hADRA2A) clones were cotransfected with CRE/promoter-luciferase (CRE-Luc; agonist-induced luminescence) and Renilla luciferase (RLuc; normalizing control) into human cells. Inhibition of normalized agonist-induced luminescence by antagonists (ATR: atropine; MT3; HIM: himbacine; PRZ: pirenzepine; TRP: tropicamide; OXY: oxyphenonium; QNB: 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate; DIC: dicyclomine; MEP: mepenzolate) was measured using the Dual-Glo Luciferase Assay System.
Relative inhibitory potencies of mAChR antagonists at mAChR M4/cM4, from most to least potent, were QNB > OXY ≥ ATR > MEP > HIM > DIC > PRZ > TRP. MT3 was 56× less potent at cM4 than at M4. Relative potencies of mAChR antagonists at hADRA2A, from most to least potent, were MT3 > HIM > ATR > OXY > PRZ > TRP > QNB > MEP; DIC did not antagonize.
Muscarinic antagonists block hADRA2A signaling at concentrations comparable to those used to inhibit chick myopia (≥0.1 mM) in vivo. Relative potencies at hADRA2A, but not M4/cM4, correlate with reported abilities to inhibit chick form-deprivation myopia. mAChR antagonists might inhibit myopia via α2-adrenoceptors, instead of through the mAChR M4/cM4 receptor subtype.
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