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Arch Ital Biol. 2004 Jul;142(4):533-9.

Genes for prostaglandin d synthase and receptor as well as adenosine A2A receptor are involved in the homeostatic regulation of nrem sleep.

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Department of Molecular Behavioral Biology, Osaka Bioscience Institute, 6-2-4 Furuedai, Suita, Osaka 5650874, Japan.


(1) Prostaglandin D2 is essential for the maintenance of the sleep state. (2) The adenosine and A2A receptor system is a link between the humoral and neural mechanisms of sleep-wake regulation. (3) Prostaglandin D2 plays a crucial role in the homeostatic regulation of NREM sleep. Finally, it may not be too far-fetched to say that prostaglandin D2 was most likely the endogenous sleep substance described by PiƩron and Ishimori about 100 years ago, and possibly the sleep-inducing factor reported by Professor Jouvet and coworkers some twenty years ago.

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