Receptors for bradykinin and kallidin

Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 1979 Apr;57(4):375-9. doi: 10.1139/y79-056.


In order to establish if bradykinin (BK) and Lys-bradykinin (Lys-BK), alias kallidin, act on the same or on different receptors, experiments were performed on strips of cat terminal ileum and of rabbit aorta. The first preparation contains receptor B2 and the second has the newly identified receptor B1. The criterion used for establishing the identity of receptors for BK and Lys-BK in the cat ileum (receptor B2) was desensitization, while for the rabbit aorta (receptor B1) we measured the apparent affinity (pA2 value) of a competitive and specific inhibitor of BK, [Leu-OMe3,des-Arg9]-BK. Since cat ileum desensitized with BK or Lys-BK shows a significant decrease or a complete disappearance of the response to the other agent, while maintaining full sensitivity for histamine, and since the pA2 values of [Leu-OMe8,des-Arg9]-BK against BK and Lys-BK are identical in the rabbit aorta, we conclude that the two kinins act on the same types of receptors.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aorta / drug effects
  • Bradykinin / metabolism*
  • Bradykinin / pharmacology
  • Cats
  • Ileum / drug effects
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Kallidin / metabolism*
  • Kinins / pharmacology
  • Muscle Contraction / drug effects
  • Receptors, Drug / metabolism*


  • Kinins
  • Receptors, Drug
  • Kallidin
  • Bradykinin