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The importance of beta-adrenergic receptors in immune regulation: a link between neuroendocrine and immune system

The importance of beta-adrenergic receptors in immune regulation: a link between neuroendocrine and immune system

Medical Hypotheses 56(3): 273-276

ISSN/ISBN: 0306-9877

PMID: 11359345

DOI: 10.1054/mehy.2000.1127

Our knowledge of autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases has been advanced in the past decades. Receptors present on the immune cells may potentially regulate the immune system, among them, beta-adrenergic receptors are of special interest. As neurotransmitter receptors which are also present on lymphocytes, beta-adrenergic receptors play an important role as the linkage of two important systems, neuroendocrine and immune systems. Here I summarize several lines of evidence of the importance of the beta-adrenergic receptors in immune regulation.

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