RFRP Neurons – The Doorway to Understanding Seasonal Reproduction in Mammals

  title={RFRP Neurons – The Doorway to Understanding Seasonal Reproduction in Mammals},
  author={J. Henningsen and F. Gauer and V. Simonneaux},
  journal={Frontiers in Endocrinology},
  • J. Henningsen, F. Gauer, V. Simonneaux
  • Published 2016
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Frontiers in Endocrinology
  • Seasonal control of reproduction is critical for the perpetuation of species living in temperate zones that display major changes in climatic environment and availability of food resources. In mammals, seasonal cues are mainly provided by the annual change in the 24-h light/dark ratio (i.e., photoperiod), which is translated into the nocturnal production of the pineal hormone melatonin. The annual rhythm in this melatonin signal acts as a synchronizer ensuring that breeding occurs when… CONTINUE READING
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