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A derivative of the amino acid tyrosine. It is found in particularly high levels in the adrenal glands and is a precursor in the synthesis of dopamine, noradrenaline, and adrenaline. The laevorotatory form, L-dopa, is administered in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, in which brain levels of dopamine are reduced.


Subjects: Chemistry.

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