Evidence for an endogenous clock in the retina of rainbow trout: II. Circadian rhythmicity of serotonin metabolism

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The purpose of the present study was to investigate patterns of circadian rhythmicity in the retina of a salmonid fish, the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Our data present the first demonstration of intraretinal variations of serotonergic substances under light/dark-conditions (LD) and during continuous darkness (DD). All substances examined (serotonin, N-acetyl serotonin, 5-hydroxytryptophol, 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid) were rhythmic in LD. Serotonin, N-acetyl-serotonin, and 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid showed a preservation of specific features of rhythmicity in DD indicating the involvement of an endogenous pacemaker in the regulation of serotonin metabolism in the rainbow trout eye.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1475-9
Number of pages5
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1998