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Melatonin profile in marmots: the influence of catecholamines, hibernation, and light.

The aim of this study was to determine the effects of circulating catecholamines and light on the daily melatonin rhythm in the marmot. Endogenous levels of circulating catecholamines and plasma melatonin were measured during arousal from hibernation in light and studies were performed on the circadian melatonin rhythm in two photoperiods (LD 4:20 and LD 8:16). In addition, studies were done on the capacity of broad-band white light at normal room intensities (32 muW/cm2 or 108 Ix) and of low-intensity monochromatic green light (500 nm; 1.4muW/cm2 or 3.1 Ix) to suppress high nocturnal melatonin levels. We conclude that high levels of plasma catecholamines that occur during arousal from hibernation do not influence the production and secretion of pineal melatonin. During the nocturnal portion of its light/dark cycle, the marmot plasma melatonin rhythm is suppressed by both white light and low-intensity green light.[1]


  1. Melatonin profile in marmots: the influence of catecholamines, hibernation, and light. Florant, G., Green, R., Abel, T., Hartzell, S., Tamarkin, L., Brainard, G. J. Pineal Res. (1989) [Pubmed]
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