Melatonin and the Mammalian Pineal Gland

Melatonin and the Mammalian Pineal Gland

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Traditionally an enigmatic organ, the pineal gland is now understood to contribute significantly to neuroendocrine regulatory mechanisms. Its main mode of action is the secretion of melatonin, which is closely linked to light and dark periods. For the first time, literature on this gland is drawn together into a concise, coherent review. Professor Arendt focuses on topics of broad appeal: the physiology, structure and function of the pineal gland is discussed, as is the biochemistry of melatonin and its mechanisms of action. The relevance of the gland to human physiology and health is explained and the therapeutic potential of melatonin considered. This book should appeal to a broad range of scientists - anybody wishing to learn about this mysterious organ and its role, and should be of interest to students and postgraduates with an interest in animal behaviour, physiology and biological rhythms.(PVT), the habenula, the ventromedial nucleus, the pre-optic area, the amygdala and the area postrema have all shown labeling. In sheep binding is found in the pars tuberalis, in septal and pre-optic areas, in the inner and outer molecular layers of the hippocampus and the ... 9.3 Diagram of sections of the goat brain showing major areas where a#39;25I-melatonin binding (indicated by an asterisk below) wasanbsp;...

Title:Melatonin and the Mammalian Pineal Gland
Author:J. Arendt
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 1994-12-31


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