, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 691–692 | Cite as

Acute effects of unilateral or bilateral superior cervical ganglionectomy on rat pineal N-acetyltransferase activity and melatonin content

  • R. J. Reiter
  • P. K. Rudeen
  • A. F. Banks
  • M. D. Rollag


Acute bilateral superior cervical ganglionectomy (SCGX) completely prevents the nocturnal rises in pineal N-acetyltransferase (NAT) activity and melatonin content in male rats kept in light-dark cycles of 14∶10. Unilateral SCGX causes the NAT and melatonin levels to be intermediate between those in sham-operated control rats and those in rats from which both ganglia had been removed.


Melatonin Acute Effect Melatonin Level Melatonin Content Nocturnal Rise 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Reiter
    • 1
  • P. K. Rudeen
    • 1
  • A. F. Banks
    • 1
  • M. D. Rollag
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyThe University of Texas, Health Science Center at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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