1. 1. Pineal N-acetyltransferase (NAT) activity in long-day white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) exposed to cold soon after onset of darkness was depressed relative to controls, whereas mice exposed to cold later at night had slightly elevated enzyme activity. 2. 2. NAT activity in short-day mice exposed to cold soon after lights off did not differ from controls. Pineal melatonin in these mice, however, did not rise, as it did in controls. 3. 3. These results suggest that acute cold exposure may modulate NAT activity, which is controlled primarily by the L:D cycle.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Physiology|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|
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