The pineal gland: a neurochemical transducer

Published on Thursday, 03 October 2013


Chemical signals from nerves regulate synthesis of melatonin and convey information about internal clocks.

The pineal gland has become the subject of considerable investigation during the past decade because it provides a productive experimental model for studying circadian rhythms and regulation of and organs by nerves.

In the mammal, the pineal gland rests between the two cerebral hemispheres and weighs about 100 milligrams in man and 1 mg in the rat (I ).



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