Pineal melatonin rhythms in the lizard Anolis carolinensis: II. Photoreceptive inputs.

@article{Underwood1987PinealMR,
  title={Pineal melatonin rhythms in the lizard Anolis carolinensis: II. Photoreceptive inputs.},
  author={Herbert Underwood and M J Calaban},
  journal={Journal of biological rhythms},
  year={1987},
  volume={2 3},
  pages={195-206}
}
The pineal organ of the lizard Anolis carolinensis acts as a transducer of photoperiodic information, since light can affect the pineal melatonin rhythm (PMR). The synthesis and secretion of melatonin may be a major mechanism whereby a circadian pacemaker within the pineal can control circadian clocks located elsewhere. An investigation into potential routes by which light could affect the PMR showed that (1) removal of the photosensory parietal eye did not affect the PMR as compared to… CONTINUE READING
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