Fasting associated with decrease in hypothalamic β-endorphin

Steven R. Gambert, Thomas L. Garthwaite, Carol H. Pontzer, Thad C. Hagen

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In rats that were fasted for 2 to 3 days there was a decline in hypothalamic, but not pituitary, β-endorphin. There was no change in pituitary or hypothalamic adrenocorticotropin content as a result of fasting. Endogenous opiates may be involved in physiological adaptation to fasting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1271-1272
Number of pages2
Issue number4475
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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