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1 is gradually becoming antiquated. As mentioned above, there are problems in determining what is a 'true' hormone and what is not. Certain chemicals that do not quitefitthe definition of a hormone still appear to act like hormones. g. cholecystokinin); many chemical messengers have receptors in the brain and thus influence brain function. These chemicals may be called neuroregulators, neuropeptides, or neuromodulators. The same chemicals may fall under two or more of these classifications, as the differences between neuroregulators, neuromodulators and neuropeptides are fairly vague.
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An Introduction to Neuroendocrinology by Richard Brown