The hormonal Zeitgeber melatonin: role as a circadian modulator in memory processing

Rawashdeh, Oliver and Maronde, Erik (2012) The hormonal Zeitgeber melatonin: role as a circadian modulator in memory processing. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, 5 FEBRUARY 2012: 1-6. doi:10.3389/fnmol.2012.00027


Author Rawashdeh, Oliver
Maronde, Erik
Title The hormonal Zeitgeber melatonin: role as a circadian modulator in memory processing
Journal name Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1662-5099
Publication date 2012-03-06
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3389/fnmol.2012.00027
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue FEBRUARY 2012
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Language eng
Abstract The neuroendocrine substance melatonin is a hormone synthesized rhythmically by the pineal gland under the influence of the circadian system and alternating light/dark cycles. Melatonin has been shown to have broad applications, and consequently becoming a molecule of great controversy. Undoubtedly, however, melatonin plays an important role as a time cue for the endogenous circadian system. This review focuses on melatonin as a regulator in the circadian modulation of memory processing. Memory processes (acquisition, consolidation and retrieval) are modulated by the circadian system. However, the mechanism by which the biological clock is rhythmically influencing cognitive processes remains unknown. We also discuss, how the circadian system by generating cycling melatonin levels can implant information about daytime into memory processing, depicted as day and nighttime differences in acquisition, memory consolidation and/or retrieval.
Keyword Circadian rhythms
Learning
Melatonin
Zebrafish
Memory
Pineal
Hormone
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Biomedical Sciences Publications
 
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