Pineal Dependence of the Syrian Hamster's Nocturnal Serum Melatonin Surge
Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
Journal of Pineal Research
Volume 3, Issue 1, pages 9–14, January 1986
How to Cite
Vaughan, G. M. and Reiter, R. J. (1986), Pineal Dependence of the Syrian Hamster's Nocturnal Serum Melatonin Surge. Journal of Pineal Research, 3: 9–14. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-079X.1986.tb00721.x
- Issue published online: 30 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
- Received July 15, 1985; accepted July 16, 1985.
- Syrian hamster;
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.