\ˈə͡ʊpɪˌe͡ɪt pˈɛpta͡ɪdz], \ˈəʊpɪˌeɪt pˈɛptaɪdz], \ˈəʊ_p_ɪ__ˌeɪ_t p_ˈɛ_p_t_aɪ_d_z]\
Definitions of OPIATE PEPTIDES
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The endogenous peptides with opiate-like activity. The three major classes currently recognized are the ENKEPHALINS, the DYNORPHINS, and the ENDORPHINS. Each of these families derives from different precursors, proenkephalin, prodynorphin, and pro-opiomelanocortin, respectively. There are also at least three classes of opioid receptors, but the peptide families do not map to the receptors in a simple way.
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