Pineal Dependence of the Syrian Hamster's Nocturnal Serum Melatonin Surge

George M. Vaughan, Russel J. Reiter

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Abstract

The usual nocturnal surge of pineal melatonin content was blocked by bilateral superior cervical ganglionectomy in male Syrian hamsters. Ganglionectomy and pinealectomy each prevented the nocturnal rise of serum melatonin concentration seen in control animals. The normal nocturnal surge of circulating inelatonin in this species appears to depend on the pineal gland and its sympathetic innervation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of pineal research
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1986

Keywords

  • Syrian hamster
  • ganglionectomy
  • melatonin
  • pineal
  • sympathetic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology

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