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Dopamine significantly decreased melatonin levels in Golden hamster retinas excised at noon and incubated under light. The effect of dopamine was reversed by spiperone and clozapine (selective antagonists for D(2) and for D(4)/D(2) dopaminergic receptors, respectively) but not by SCH 23390 (a selective D(1) dopamine receptor antagonist). Both clozapine and(More)
The effect of GABA on melatonin content in vitro was studied in the golden hamster retina. GABA significantly increased melatonin levels in a dose-dependent manner, its effect being reversed by a GABA(A) receptor antagonist, bicuculline, but not by saclofen, a GABA(B) antagonist. Moreover, an equimolar concentration of muscimol, a GABA(A) receptor agonist,(More)
A characterization of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) in the golden hamster retina was performed. Enzymatic activity was partially Ca2+ and calmodulin-dependent, required NADPH, and was inhibited by L-arginine analogs. Retinal NOS activity was higher at midnight than at midday. When the hamster were placed under constant darkness for 24 or 48 h, and killed at(More)
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