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The catecholamine dopamine (3-hydroxytyramine, 4-[2-aminoethyl]-1, 2-benzenediol; 4-[2-aminoethyl]pyrocatechol; α-[3,4-dihydroxyphenyl]-β-aminoethane; 3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine) is a decarboxylation product of the aromatic amino acid 3,4-dihydroxyphenylanine (DOPA), which is both present in the bloodstream and synthesized from plasma tyrosine within sympathetic neurones and chromaffin cells. In most of these cells, enzymatic machinery exists by which dopamine can be hydroxylated and methylated to form the other catecholamines, noradrenaline and adrenaline (Blaschko, 1959).

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Dopamine Receptor Chromaffin Cell Noradrenergic Neurone Dopamine Antagonist Renal Nerve 
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  • C. Bell
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  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyUniversity of Melbourne Medical CentreParkvilleAustralia

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