Refractoriness to the antigonadotrophic effects of melatonin in male hamsters and its interruption by exposure of the animals to long daily photoperiods

Russel J. Reiter, Larry J. Petterborg, Ronald C. Philo

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Exposure of adult male Syrian hamsters to artificially shortened photoperiods in the laboratory was followed by gonadal involution. Return of these animals to long days (light:ddark cycles of 14:10) resulted in regrowth of the reproductive organs, following which the animals were refractory to the normally antigonadotrophic effects of daily melatonin injections given late in the afternoon. When hamsters were kept under naturally shortening photoperiods beginning on October 19, their reproductive organs involuted and remained infantile until the following spring when they again recrudesced to adult size. These animals too were refractory to the inhibitory effects of daily afternoon melatonin injections. The refractory period to melatonin was interrupted by exposure of the animals to long days for 22 weeks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1571-1576
Number of pages6
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Oct 29 1979


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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