Physiology of beta-endorphins. A close-up view and a review of the literature.

  title={Physiology of beta-endorphins. A close-up view and a review of the literature.},
  author={J. F. Dalayeun and J. M. Nores and S Bergal},
  journal={Biomedicine & pharmacotherapy = Biomedecine & pharmacotherapie},
  volume={47 8},
When an endogenous morphine, beta-endorphin was discovered ten years ago, the fact that this morphine is present in the brain and many other tissues suggested to neurobiologists that these peptide opiates play a role which goes beyond that of a simple modulator of the perception of pain. beta-endorphin is a neurohormone which is secreted by the pituitary gland and reaches all tissues present in the body by diffusion. Many laboratories have investigated variations in serum levels of beta… CONTINUE READING
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