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Morphological and biochemical changes in the pineal gland in pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3320653     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although systematic and detailed studies of pineal structure and function during pregnancy are rare, the available evidence indicates that morphological and biochemical changes do take place in this gland during this reproductive state. The majority of studies indicate increased activity in cytoplasmic organelles and enzymes of pinealocytes during gestation. Changes in pineal and plasma melatonin levels in pregnancy have been described in a number of species. Results of biochemical studies emphasize the existence of the feedback system which involves the gonads, the hypothalamus and the pineal gland. More ultrastructural and biochemical studies on this intriguing gland in pregnancy are fully warranted.
G M Lew
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Life sciences     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0024-3205     ISO Abbreviation:  Life Sci.     Publication Date:  1987 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-01-25     Completed Date:  1988-01-25     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375521     Medline TA:  Life Sci     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2589-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824.
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MeSH Terms
Cytoplasm / ultrastructure
Golgi Apparatus / ultrastructure
Melatonin / blood,  metabolism
Organoids / ultrastructure
Pineal Gland / anatomy & histology*,  cytology,  metabolism,  ultrastructure
Pregnancy / physiology*
Pregnancy, Animal / physiology*
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