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      Day-Night Rhythm Disturbance, Pineal Function and Human Disease

      Hormone Research in Paediatrics

      S. Karger AG

      Depression, Melatonin, Photoperiodicity, 6-sulphatoxymelatonin

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          Abstract

          Depression, mania and probably starvation all induce changes in pineal function. At present it is unknown what secondary effects on the endocrine and other systems are produced by these changes. Studies in rats have established an entraining effect of melatonin on locomotor activity and a feedback effect on the pineal itself. Studies of jet-lag and of sleep dysregulation in a blind subject established that melatonin treatment has a synchronizing effect in these conditions. Further investigations will be necessary to establish whether melatonin reduction in depression and other disorders leads secondarily to dysregulation of other circadian rhythms.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-5670-5
          978-3-318-01974-2
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1992
          1992
          03 December 2008
          : 37
          : Suppl 3
          : 105-111
          Affiliations
          The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto, Ont, Canada
          Article
          182410 Horm Res 1992;37:105–111
          10.1159/000182410
          1427635
          © 1992 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 7
          Categories
          Session II: Chronobiology

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