M Macková

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The chick pineal gland exhibits circadian rhythms in melatonin synthesis under in vivo and in vitro conditions. A daily rhythm of melatonin production was first detectable in pineal glands isolated from chick embryos at embryonic day 16 and incubated under a LD cycle. All pineal glands isolated from 17-day-old and older embryos were rhythmic while no gland(More)
Development of a daily rhythmicity in transcription of a gene encoding a rate-limiting enzyme of melatonin biosynthesis, the arylalkylamine-N-acetyltransferase (AA-NAT) was studied by northern blot analysis in pineal glands of 16 and 19-day-old embryos and 1, 4, 8, 11, and 14-day-old chicks. In a parallel experiment, melatonin content in pineal glands and(More)
The pineal cells of chick embryos incubated in vitro exhibited a daily rhythm of melatonin synthesis under a 12:12 light:dark (LD) cycle at the embryonic days 16 and 19. In order to elucidate whether cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)--a component of the melatonin generating system--is already at work in the embryonic period, we measured the effects of(More)
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