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L-DOPA

L-DOPA (/ˌɛlˈdpə/ or /ˌlɛvˈdpə/) (alt., L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine) is a chemical that is made and used as part of the normal biology of humans, some animals and plants. Some animals and humans make it via biosynthesis from the amino acid L-tyrosine. L-DOPA is the precursor to the neurotransmitters dopamine,norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline) collectively known as catecholamines. L-DOPA can be manufactured and in its pure form is sold as apsychoactive drug with the INN levodopa; trade names include Sinemet, Parcopa, Atamet, Stalevo, Madopar, and Prolopa. As a drug, it is used in the clinical treatment ofParkinson’s disease and dopamine-responsive dystonia. – Wikipedia

Posted by G.D. on 23rd April, 2015. The full Wiki article can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-DOPA.

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