Effects of photoperiod on hamster pineal melatonin concentrations

Elizabeth S. Panke, Mark D. Rollag, Russel J. Reiter

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1. 1. Pineal melatonin concentrations were determined by radioimmunoassy at various intervals throughout a 24 hr period in adult male Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) maintained in light: dark cycles of either 14 hr light and 10 hr darkness (LD 14:10), 6hr light and 18 hr darkness (LD 6:18), or of 2 hr light and 22 hr darkness (LD 2:22). 2. 2. A marked diurnal rhythmicity in pineal melatonin concentrations was present in hamsters maintained in each photoperiod with daytime levels of 70-230 pg/pineal gland rising to concentrations of 700-1300 pg/pineal gland during the night. 3. 3. In a LD cycle of 14:10, of 6:18 and of 2:22, pineal melatonin concentrations reached peak values 8 hr, 13 hr and 16-20 hr after the onset of darkness, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-693
Number of pages3
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Physiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1980

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  • Physiology


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