enkephalin :

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  • n  an endorphin having opiate qualities that occurs in the brain and spinal cord and elsewhere

  • But too much morphine overloads the system, causing enkephalin production to be cut off.
  • Because the emotion-controlling amygdala region of the brain is rich in enkephalin receptors, scientists speculate that the molecules may act as a defense against disappointments .
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  • RUB researchers decode the interplay between enkephalins and pain receptors
    ( Ruhr-University Bochum ) "Pain begone!" In order to send out this signal, the human body produces tiny messenger molecules that dock to certain receptors. Using traditional biochemical methods, this interaction between the messengers, so-called enkephalins, and opioid receptors is very difficult to study. A research team has now succeeded in identifying the structure of an enkephalin in ...
    July 9, 2013 - EurekAlert!

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