A review of the multifunctional hormone melatonin and a new hypothesis involving osmoregulation

A review of the multifunctional hormone melatonin and a new hypothesis involving osmoregulation The pineal hormone melatonin is a potentregulator of seasonal and circadian rhythms invertebrates, among them fish. Melatoninsynthesis shows a diurnal rhythm with higherlevels at night. In recent years, the pinealgland and its major product gained a number ofattributes suggesting their role in integrationof various neural and endocrine functions. Besides the well-established physiologicaleffects mediated via high-affinity cellmembrane receptors belonging to the superfamilyof G-protein – coupled receptors, melatoninreveals direct intracellular actions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries Springer Journals

A review of the multifunctional hormone melatonin and a new hypothesis involving osmoregulation

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Life Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Zoology
ISSN
0960-3166
eISSN
1573-5184
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1021348822635
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Abstract

The pineal hormone melatonin is a potentregulator of seasonal and circadian rhythms invertebrates, among them fish. Melatoninsynthesis shows a diurnal rhythm with higherlevels at night. In recent years, the pinealgland and its major product gained a number ofattributes suggesting their role in integrationof various neural and endocrine functions. Besides the well-established physiologicaleffects mediated via high-affinity cellmembrane receptors belonging to the superfamilyof G-protein – coupled receptors, melatoninreveals direct intracellular actions.

Journal

Reviews in Fish Biology and FisheriesSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 1, 2002

References

  • Roles of melatonin in gonadal maturation of underyearling precocious male masu salmon
    Amano, M.; Iigo, M.; Ikuta, K.; Kitamura, S.; Yamada, H.; Yamamori, K.
  • The seasonal interrelationship between melatonin, vasopressin, and serum osmolality in elderly subjects
    Asplund, R.; Aberg, H.; Wetterberg, L.

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