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Comp Biochem Physiol C. 1986;84(1):105-11.

Central metabolism of beta-endorphin in different species of temperature acclimated rodents.


The purpose of this study was to characterize the central metabolism/processing of beta-endorphin in wild, desert rodents and to study the effect of heat and cold acclimation on central metabolism/processing and beta-endorphin half-life. This report suggests that a shift occurs in the processing of beta-endorphin in desert rodents acclimated to heat and cold leading to an accumulation of gamma-type endorphins. The data support a significant difference in beta-endorphin half-life between the rodents and the laboratory white rat.

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