A Median Third Eye: Pineal Gland Retraces Evolution of Vertebrate Photoreceptive Organs †

@article{Mano2007AMT,
  title={A Median Third Eye: Pineal Gland Retraces Evolution of Vertebrate Photoreceptive Organs †},
  author={Hiroaki Mano and Yoshitaka Fukada},
  journal={Photochemistry and Photobiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={83}
}
  • H. Mano, Y. Fukada
  • Published 2007
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Photochemistry and Photobiology
In many vertebrates, the pineal gland serves as a photoreceptive neuroendocrine organ. Morphological and functional similarities between the pineal and retinal photoreceptor cells indicate their close evolutionary relationship, and hence the comparative studies on the pineal gland and the retina are the keys to deciphering the evolutionary traces of the vertebrate photoreceptive organs. Several studies have suggested common genetic and molecular mechanisms responsible for their similarities… Expand
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