The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2000 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

The Beta Receptor

Dennis McGraw, MD University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

The bronchodilator effect of Beta-agonists can vary significantly among patients with asthma. The primary objectives of this lecture are:
1. To discuss how genetic variation in the b2-adrenergic receptor can affect both disease phenotype and therapeutic responsiveness, and
2. To present the concept of full vs. partial b-agonism and discuss its role in asthma therapy.

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