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Receptors, Opioid

"Receptors, Opioid" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Cell membrane proteins that bind opioids and trigger intracellular changes which influence the behavior of cells. The endogenous ligands for opioid receptors in mammals include three families of peptides, the enkephalins, endorphins, and dynorphins. The receptor classes include mu, delta, and kappa receptors. Sigma receptors bind several psychoactive substances, including certain opioids, but their endogenous ligands are not known.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Receptors, Opioid" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Receptors, Opioid" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 102 publications over 27 distinct years, with a maximum of 10 publications in 1989
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