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Related to beta-endorphin: dopamine
An endorphin produced by the pituitary gland that is a potent pain suppressant.
beta-endorphinAn endorphin derived from proopiomelanocortin (POMC) via beta-lipotropin, which is linked to hypophyseal secretion and pain perception.
Beta-endorphin is present in the CNS, pituitary gland and peripheral tissues.
Beta-endorphin is increased in pain, stress, endotoxic shock, opiate addiction, premenstrual syndrome, childbirth, exercise, mental disorders and hypertension.