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Dopamine. Landon Fry. Where is it produced?. Dopamine can be produced in many regions of the brain that include the substantia nigra and the ventral tegmental area. When does Dopamine become active?.

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  1. Dopamine Landon Fry

  2. Where is it produced? • Dopamine can be produced in many regions of the brain that include the substantianigra and the ventral tegmental area.

  3. When does Dopamine become active? • Dopamine is active throughout your entire life, but can be more prevalent at any point within the life cycle. • Most commonly, dopamine is more active when a young child, which makes the youth sleep more.

  4. How does Dopamine enter the pituitary gland? • It is released by the hypothalamus and its action as a hormone is to release inhibitor or prolactin rom the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. • The pituitary gland is the target cell for the hormone dopamine.

  5. How much is in the blood? • Found in blood plasma, 95% of the dopamine in the plasma is in the form of dopamine sulphate.

  6. What does dopamine cause the body to do? • In the kidneys: increase blood supply, increase filtration, increase excretion of sodium. • In the pancreas: synthesizes enzymes and other substances, and secretes them into the small intestine. • In the immune system: acts upon receptors present on immune cells, can affect immune cells in spleen, bone marrow, and circulatory system.

  7. What happens with atypical amounts of dopamine? • With more dopamine inside the bloodstream, the body begins to feel more tired. • There is no real underproduction of dopamine.

  8. Can dopamine be synthetically replaced? • Dopamine dysregulation syndrome (hedonistic homeostatic dysregulation in Parkinson’s disease) is a dysfunction of the reward system for patients with Parkinson’s disease. It can be characterized by problems such as addiction or gambling.

  9. How are people with atypical amounts treated medically? • There is no way to take away the dopamine from the blood stream without taking the blood out itself.

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