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Neuroreport. 1995 Mar 27;6(5):785-8.

Effects of long-term administration of melatonin and a putative antagonist on the ageing rat.

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Department of Biochemistry, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel.


Adult rats were treated with either melatonin, the putative melatonin antagonist N-(2,4 dinitrophenyl)-5-methoxytryptamine (ML-23), their combination, or a vehicle for 16 months via the drinking water. The survival rates, serum testosterone and densities of 125I-melatonin binding sites in the medulla-pons and hypothalamus of the animals at the age of 27-29 months were significantly higher in the melatonin than vehicle-treated group. Surprisingly, ML-23 without or with melatonin, also prolonged the life-span of the aged animals. ML-23 treatment greatly increased 125I-melatonin binding in the medulla-pons whereas this increase was prevented by melatonin supplementation. Thus melatonin can attenuate age-related decrease in survival rates, testosterone and brain 125I-melatonin binding sites, while chronic blockade by the putative antagonist also elicits melatonin-mimetic responses, perhaps by effecting supersensitivity.

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