1. 1. Indole metabolism and porphyrin content of the Harderian glands of the male Syrian hamster were measured as functions of drug-induced hypothyroidism and exposure to cold conditions. 2. 2. Harderian gland N-acetyltransferase (NAT) activity was reduced from control levels by hypothyroidism induced by methimazole; exposure to cold had no effect on NAT activity. 3. 3. Immunoreactive melatonin in the Harderian glands was unaffected by the state of thyroid secretion. However, immunoreactive melatonin content declined after 180 and 270 min, at 4°C, suggesting that Harderian gland melatonin may be involved in thermoregulation. 4. 4. Porphyrin content of the Harderian glands was not affected by either thyroid secretion or cold.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Physiology|
|State||Published - 1989|
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