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Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Mar;16(2):192-4. doi: 10.4103/2230-8210.93735.

The reno-pineal axis: A novel role for melatonin.

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  • 1Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital and B.R.I.D.E, Karnal, Haryana, India.

Abstract

The pineal gland is a tiny endocrine gland whose physiologic role has been the focus of much research and much more speculation over the past century. This mini-review discusses recent findings which correlate melatonin and renal physiology, and postulates the presence of a "reno-pineal axis." Drawing lessons from comparative endocrinology, while quoting human data, it advocates the need to study the "reno-pineal axis" in greater detail.

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Kidney; melatonin; pineal; renal endocrinology; reno-pineal axis

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PMC3313735
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