Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology

pp 49-49

Agouti-Related Peptide

  • Alfonso AbizaidAffiliated withSection Behavioural Pharmacology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College LondonDepartment of Psychology, Carleton University
  • , Shimon AmirAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, Concordia University

Definition

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.

Cross-References

α-Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone

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