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Medical Term:

agouti-related peptide


a peptide released with neuropeptide Y from specific neurons of the arcuate nucleus. These neurons are stimulated by ghrelin and inhibited by neuropeptide PYY and leptin. Release of agouti-related peptide and neuropeptide Y stimulates appetite while reducing metabolism.

See Also: ghrelin, leptin, neuropeptide Y

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