Traditionally an enigmatic organ, the pineal gland is now understood to contribute significantly to neuroendocrine regulatory mechanisms. Its main mode of action is the secretion of melatonin, which is closely linked to light and dark periods. For the first time, literature on this gland is drawn together into a concise, coherent review. Professor Arendt focuses on topics of broad appeal: the physiology, structure and function of the pineal gland is discussed, as is the biochemistry of melatonin and its mechanisms of action. The relevance of the gland to human physiology and health is explained and the therapeutic potential of melatonin considered. This book should appeal to a broad range of scientists - anybody wishing to learn about this mysterious organ and its role, and should be of interest to students and postgraduates with an interest in animal behaviour, physiology and biological rhythms.This volume provides the reader with an overview of an intriguing and interdisciplinary field of research.
|Title||:||Melatonin and the Mammalian Pineal Gland|
|Publisher||:||Springer Science & Business Media - 1994-12-31|