Regulation of melatonin in the harderian glands of golden hamsters.

A daily rhythm in melatonin concentration in Harderian glands (HG) of female golden hamsters is described and is characterized by significant reductions following lights-on. Concentrations in HG of intact or pinealectomized males are low and consistent over a 24-hour period. Castration of males is accompanied by increased levels of melatonin in the HG to… CONTINUE READING