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Either of two peptide hormones produced in the anterior pituitary gland that trigger the mobilization of fat deposits and the transfer of lipid components to the bloodstream. β-Lipotropin is formed by cleavage of the precursor pro-opiomelanocortin, and is itself cleaved to form γ-lipotropin and other active peptides, including endorphins and melanocyte-stimulating hormone.

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