Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology

pp 49-49

Agouti-Related Peptide

  • Alfonso AbizaidAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Carleton University
  • , Shimon AmirAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, Concordia University


Orexigenic peptide produced by cells in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus. This peptide is the natural antagonist to α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone, and as such, it has a potent orexigenic effect.


α-Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone

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