enkephalins


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en·keph·a·lins

(en-kef'ă-linz),
Pentapeptide endorphins, found in many parts of the brain, that bind to specific receptor sites, some of which may be pain-related opiate receptors; hypothesized as endogenous neurotransmitters and nonaddicting analgesics. Metenkephalin is Tyr-Gly-Gly-Phe-Met; leuenkephalin has Leu in place of Met; proenkephalin has Pro in place of Met.
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enkephalins

See ENDORPHINS.
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en·keph·a·lins

(en-kef'ă-linz)
Pentapeptide endorphins, found in many parts of the brain.
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