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Brain Res. 1986 Mar 26;369(1-2):326-30.

Developmental appearance of light-dark entrainment in the rat.


Previous studies show that the developing circadian system is entrained by a maternal signal during the prenatal and early postnatal period. The present study investigated the developmental onset of retina-mediated, light-dark entrainment. Juvenile rats were exposed to phase-shifts in the light-dark cycle at different ages and the pineal N-acetyltransferase rhythm was monitored on postnatal day 10. The results show that retina-mediated, light-dark entrainment begins by postnatal day 6 and overrides maternal entrainment by postnatal day 8.

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