Circadian regulation of bird song, call, and locomotor behavior by pineal melatonin in the zebra finch.

@article{Wang2012CircadianRO,
  title={Circadian regulation of bird song, call, and locomotor behavior by pineal melatonin in the zebra finch.},
  author={Gang Wang and Clifford E Harpole and Amit Kumar Trivedi and Vincent M. Cassone},
  journal={Journal of biological rhythms},
  year={2012},
  volume={27 2},
  pages={145-55}
}
As both a photoreceptor and pacemaker in the avian circadian clock system, the pineal gland is crucial for maintaining and synchronizing overt circadian rhythms in processes such as locomotor activity and body temperature through its circadian secretion of the pineal hormone melatonin. In addition to receptor presence in circadian and visual system structures, high-affinity melatonin binding and receptor mRNA are present in the song control system of male oscine passeriform birds. The present… CONTINUE READING

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