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 Introduction

 Pineal NAT and SCN photoinduction rhythm

 Spontaneous c-Fos induction

 Discussion and conclusions

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Relation Between Pineal Melatonin and the Intrinsic SCN Rhythmicity 

Illnerova, H (Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic)
Travnickova, Z (Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic)
Jac, M (Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic)
Sumova, A (Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic)
Contact Person: Helena Illnerova (illner@biomed.cas.cz)

Abstract

 The rat suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) controls the circadian rhythm in the pineal N - acetyltransferase (NAT) activity which drives the rhythmic melatonin production. A question arises whether the melatonin production is controlled mostly by the SCN or whether its regulation is partly independent of the SCN. To elucidate the question, the pineal NAT rhytms, after photic and nonphotic stimuli and during postnatal development, was compared with the SCN intrinsic rhythmicity followed on the rhythm of c-fos gene photoinduction in the ventrolateral SCN and on the rhythm of the spontaneous c-Fos immunoreactivity in the dorsomedial SCN. The comparisons showed that changes in the pineal rhythmicity just reflected changes of the SCN rhythmicity, and suggested a complex nature of the underlying SCN pacemaker. 

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Presentation Number SAillnerova0650
Keywords: circadian, SCN, pineal, melatonin, photoperiod

 


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Illnerova, H; Travnickova, Z; Jac, M; Sumova, A; (1998). Relation Between Pineal Melatonin and the Intrinsic SCN Rhythmicity. Presented at INABIS '98 - 5th Internet World Congress on Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, Canada, Dec 7-16th. Invited Symposium. Available at URL http://www.mcmaster.ca/inabis98/brown/illnerova0650/index.html 
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