Brain beta-endorphin and other opioids are involved in restraint stress-induced stimulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, the sympathetic nervous system, and the adrenal medulla in the rat.

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Opiates and opioids have complex effects on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, and they stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. This study was designed to clarify the role of brain beta-endorphin in the mechanism by which stress increases plasma concentrations of adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), epinephrine (E), and norepinephrine (NE… (More)

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