Mirabegron: potential off target effects and uses beyond the bladder

Nodi Dehvari, Edilson Dantas da Silva Junior, Tore Bengtsson, Dana Sabine Hutchinson

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The β3-adrenoceptor was initially an attractive target for several pharmaceutical companies due to its high expression in rodent adipose tissue, where its activation resulted in decreased adiposity and improved metabolic outputs (such as glucose handling) in animal models of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. However, several drugs acting at the β3-adrenoceptor failed in clinical trials. This was thought to be due to their lack of efficacy at the human receptor. Recently, mirabegron, a β3-adrenoceptor agonist with human efficacy, was approved in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia for the treatment of overactive bladder syndrome. There are indications that mirabegron may act at other receptors/targets, but whether they have any clinical relevance is relatively unknown. Besides overactive bladder syndrome, mirabegron may have other uses such as in the treatment of heart failure or metabolic disease. This review gives an overview of the off-target effects of mirabegron and its potential use in the treatment of other diseases. Linked Articles: This article is part of a themed section on Molecular Pharmacology of GPCRs. To view the other articles in this section visit http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bph.v175.21/issuetoc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4072-4082
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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