Dexmedetomidine hydrochloride

Cat. No. 2749

Dexmedetomidine hydrochloride C13H16N2.HCl [145108-58-3]

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Alternative Name: d-Medetomidine hydrochloride

Chemical Name: 4-[(1S)-1-(2,3-Dimethylphenyl)ethyl]-1H-imidazole hydrochloride

Biological Activity

Active isomer of medetomidine (Cat.No. 5160), a potent, highly selective α2-adrenoceptor agonist (Ki values are 1.08 and 1750 nM for α2- and α1-adrenoceptors respectively). Displays greater selectivity over α1-adrenoceptors than clonidine and UK 14,304 (1620-, 220- and 300-fold respectively). Active in vivo; displays hypotensive, bradycardic, sedative, anxiolytic, hypothermic and analgesic effects.

Technical Data

Soluble to 100 mM in water and to 100 mM in DMSO
>99 %
Desiccate at RT

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Virtanen et al (1988) Characterization of the selectivity, specificity and potency of medetomidine as an α2-adrenoceptor agonist. Eur.J.Pharmacol. 150 9. PMID: 2900154.

Scheinin et al (1989) Medetomidine - a novel α2-adrenoceptor agonist: a review of its pharmacodynamic effects. Prog.Neuro-Psychopharm.Biol.Psychiat. 13 635.

Fisher et al (1991) Antinociceptive properties of intrathecal dexmedetomidine in rats. Eur.J.Pharmacol. 192 221. PMID: 1674472.

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