The opiomelanotropinergic neuronal and endocrine systems

Thomas L. O'Donohue, Daniel M. Dorsa

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Opiomelanotropinergic cells in the intermediate lobe of the pituitary and in neurons in the brain secrete at least 7 peptides related to melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) and β-endorphin (BE). This paper reviews the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of opiomelanotropinergic neurons and discusses the implications of multi-neurotransmitter and multi-hormone neurons and cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-395
Number of pages43
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982


  • Co-transmitters
  • Endorphin
  • MSH
  • Multiple neurotransmitter neurons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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