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Invertebrate Neuropeptides

  1. Dick R Nässel1,
  2. Paul H Taghert2

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0004080



How to Cite

Nässel, D. R. and Taghert, P. H. 2006. Invertebrate Neuropeptides. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

  2. 2

    Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Invertebrate neuropeptides are found in neurosecretory cells, interneurons and motor neurons, as well as in endocrine cells of the intestine and in glandular cells of nonnervous tissue. Neuropeptides can act as neurohormones released into the circulation and/or as local neurohormones released in a paracrine fashion within the nervous system or at muscles or glands.


  • neurohormone;
  • neuromodulator;
  • neurotransmitter;
  • peptide receptor;
  • peptide evolution;
  • prohormone processing;
  • neuropeptide genes