Effect of single neonatal melatonin treatment on in vitro thyroxin secretion and TSH or melatonin-modified cAMP level of one-month-old rats.

G. Csaba, S. U. Nagy, E. S. Rom-Bugoslavskaya, V. S. Shcherbakova

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At the age of one month, incubation with melatonin of the thyroid glands of rats having received a single melatonin treatment at the age of three days resulted in increased thyroxine production. TSH was unable to enhance the thyroxine production of animals treated with melatonin neonatally, while its considerable increase could be observed in the case of control animals. Simultaneous TSH and melatonin treatment applied in vitro at the age of one month resulted in an approximately twofold increase of thyroid T4 production in rats having received neonatal melatonin treatment. In vitro alteration of the cyclic AMP level of the thyroid glands of intact and neonatally melatonin treated rats ran practically parallel, except that in the melatonin treated animals the cAMP level was higher after TSH administration. At the same time the cAMP level decreased in the thyroid gland of animals treated with TSH + melatonin. There was no exact correlation between the alterations of cAMP and T4 levels in the given experimental system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-230
Number of pages4
JournalActa physiologica Hungarica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1987


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  • Physiology (medical)

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