Pineal gland interface between the photoperiodic environment and the endocrine system

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Abstract

The photoperiodic message that the pineal gland conveys to the organism is encoded in the circadian melatonin rhythm. Melatonin is a ubiquitously acting hormone that mediates seasonal changes in reproduction in nonhuman mammals and may have reproductive consequences in humans as well. Additionally, melatonin may relate to the function o f the immune system, hormone-responsive tumor growth, circadian rhythm disturbances, and a number of other processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-19
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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