Melatonin affects nuclear orphan receptors mRNA in the rat suprachiasmatic nuclei.

The pineal hormone melatonin nocturnal synthesis feeds back on the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN), the central circadian clock. Indeed, daily melatonin injections in free-running rats resynchronize their locomotor activity to 24 h. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying this chronobiotic effect of the hormone are poorly understood. The endogenous… (More)