CAS - Molecule of the Week

Molecule of the Week
October 9, 2006


This molecule was originally selected on September 15, 2003

Regarding this week’s selected substance:

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, or chemical messenger, that plays a key role in controlling movement, the ability to feel pleasure and pain, and emotional response. Too little dopamine activity leads to the tremors and motor disorders symptomatic of Parkinson’s disease. Excess dopamine activity has been linked to several medical disorders, including schizophrenia.

Dopamine

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