Melatonin and female reproduction.

  title={Melatonin and female reproduction.},
  author={Hiroshi Tamura and Akihisa Takasaki and Toshiaki Taketani and Manabu Tanabe and Lifa Lee and Isao Tamura and Ryo Maekawa and Hiromi Aasada and Yoshiaki Yamagata and Norihiro Sugino},
  journal={The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research},
  volume={40 1},
Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) is secreted during the dark hours at night by the pineal gland. After entering the circulation, melatonin acts as an endocrine factor and a chemical messenger of light and darkness. It regulates a variety of important central and peripheral actions related to circadian rhythms and reproduction. It also affects the brain, immune, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, renal, bone and endocrine functions and acts as an oncostatic and anti-aging molecule. Many… CONTINUE READING