Adult white-footed mice were maintained under either a long photoperiod (LP, LD 16:8, lights out at 2100) or a short photoperiod (SP, LD 8:16, lights out at 1700) for six weeks. Subgroups from each lighting regime were killed at specific times over a 24 hour period. Pineal radioimmunoassayable melatonin levels were significantly elevated at night compared to daytime values. Pineal melatonin content appears to be elevated for a longer period of time in the SP mice than in the LP animals. The apparent increased melatonin production observed in white-footed mice maintained under short and reproductively repressive daylengths may help to explain the ability of chronically available exogenous melatonin to cause gonadal atrophy in this species.
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