Augmentation of indices of oxidative damage in life-long melatonin-deficient rats.

The chief pineal secretory product, melatonin, is an efficient free radical scavenger and antioxidant. The current study tested whether the life-long reduction of endogenous melatonin levels due to pinealectomy would influence the accumulation of oxidatively damaged products as the animals aged. Rats were either pinealectomized or sham operated when they… CONTINUE READING