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Article/book/paper on neuropeptides?

  1. Jul 6, 2004 #1
    Could anyone direct me to some article/book/paper on neuropeptides? Any information is appreciated, I just want to know about them. What is their activity in the body? I have heard (note: heard, not read) that they travel throughout the body...but I can't see what they would do, or what effect they could have. After all, there are no axon terminals in the cells permeating the body (except motor cells, I guess), so I don't see how they could be important facets of any normal process. However, I have heard of people talking about them as though they represent a relation between emotion and health; as well as many other, similar claims.

    Again, I pretty much don't know anything about them (accept that they are a sort of neurotransmitter which seems to travel throughout the body, instead of just within synapses), so I'll appreciate any information I can get.
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    Hi Mentat, neuropeptides are a specific subtybe of neurotransmitters produced by the perikaryon, which is a neuron's cell body.

    I think you might be more interested in neurotransmitters in general, such as adrenaline (epinephrine). You must know what that does. It is both a hormone and a neurotransmitter, which means it travels between neurons but also through the body.
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    The one person who claims that above all others is Candace Pert. If you can put up with her annoying self-promotion and patronizing writing, read her book Molecules of Emotion. It's a good introduction to the subject from the woman who discovered the opiate receptor and pretty much invented mind/body medicine.
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    If you're interested in neuropeptide functions in the peripheral nervous system, go to PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi) and type in the following keywords:
    neuropeptides review peripheral

    You'll get 70 pages of articles to choose from. You can narrow the search down more by choosing specific systems you're interested in or specific neuropeptides. I suggest scanning through some of the titles and see if there's something that strikes your interest that you can use to refine your search.
  7. Jul 8, 2004 #6
    And are neuropeptides also both hormone and neurotransmitter?
  8. Jul 8, 2004 #7
    Creating a web link to the Entrez (PubMed) databases

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