beta-carboline alkaloid


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beta-carboline alkaloid

Any of a group of neurologically active compounds similar in structure to the amino acid L-tryptophan, the neurotransmitter serotonin, and the hallucinogen dimethyltryptamine. They increase levels of serotonin in the central and peripheral nervous system and inhibit the action of monoamine oxidase.
CAS # 244-63-3
See also: alkaloid
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