Pasternak, Gavril W. Department of Neurology, Memorial Hospital, Sloan-Kettering Institute Cancer Center, New York, New York.
Last reviewed:December 2019
- Structure and processing
- Regional distributions and actions
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
A family of endogenous peptides with morphinelike action present within the central nervous system. The enkephalins, the first member of the endorphin family, were discovered in 1975 and opened research into a wide number of centrally active neuropeptides. The term endorphin is generic, referring to all the opioid peptides, while specific peptides are given individual names, such as the enkephalins, dynorphins and β-endorphin. Their isolation, shortly after the identification of the opioid receptors, brought together the concept of endogenous opioid peptide systems within the central nervous system that can modulate pain perception and through which opioids act. See also: Opiates; Pain; Peptide
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 10,000 highly qualified scientists and 45 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information