Functions of Receptors

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Chapter: Essential pharmacology : Pharmacodynamics Mechanism Of Drug Action; Receptor Pharmacology

To propagate regulatory signals from outside to within the effector cell when the molecular species carrying the signal cannot itself penetrate the cell membrane.


FUNCTIONS OF RECEPTORS

 

These can be summarized as:

 

§  To propagate regulatory signals from outside to within the effector cell when the molecular species carrying the signal cannot itself penetrate the cell membrane.

§  To amplify the signal.

 

§  To integrate various extracellular and intracellular regulatory signals.

 

§  To adapt to short term and long term changes in the regulatory melieu and maintain homeostasis.

 

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