Melatonin and the Vertebrate Circadian System: Pharmacological Effects

  • Jennifer R. Redman
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 277)


The effects of melatonin on the vertebrate circadian system can be studied with two questions in mind: first, to elucidate the physiological role of endogenous melatonin as a chemical messenger relaying information between postulated components of the circadian system (the retina, suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) and pineal gland (Gwinner, 1978; Menaker, 1982), and secondly, to investigate the effects on this system of administering melatonin at pharmacological dose levels.


Circadian Rhythm Activity Rhythm Circadian System Phase Response Curve Pineal Organ 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer R. Redman
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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