A physiological dose of melatonin (0.5 mg) or placebo was given at bedtime to night shift workers (n=21) for seven days, and endogenous melatonin profiles were measured on the eighth day. The amplitude of endogenous melatonin secretion was unchanged by treatment. Also, a melatonin treatment trial using a 50 mg daily bedtime dose for 37 days to a blind subject resulted in no change in the endogenous melatonin profile. We conclude that circulating melatonin can shift the phase, but does not alter the amplitude, of pineal melatonin secretion.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of pineal research|
|State||Published - Jan 1997|
- Circadian rhythms
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