The potential evolutionary significance of the pineal gland

Paul S. Agutter, R. Shane Tubbs, Marios Loukas, Mehdi Farhoudi, Alireza Ghaffari, Martin M. Mortazavi, Kamyar Ghabili, Mohammadali Mohajel Shoja

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Abstract

Although during the early 20th century the pineal gland was considered to have littlefunctional significance, the activity of its secretory product, melatonin, has beenincreasingly appreciated during recent decades. Melatonin has a role in the sleep-wakecycle and recent studies have shown that it acutely enhances mating behaviour and libido.Since reproductive activity is obviously of primary importance for the survival of species, this could plausibly suggest a circadian control of mating behaviour. In this chapter, weargue that the coupling of mating behaviour to light-dark shifts by melatonin might haveinfluenced the survival of species, and this could throw fresh light on the evolutionarysignificance of the pineal gland.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHypotheses in Clinical Medicine
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages217-226
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781622572762
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Pineal Gland
Melatonin
Libido
Behavior Control
Sleep
Light

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Agutter, P. S., Tubbs, R. S., Loukas, M., Farhoudi, M., Ghaffari, A., Mortazavi, M. M., ... Mohajel Shoja, M. (2013). The potential evolutionary significance of the pineal gland. In Hypotheses in Clinical Medicine (pp. 217-226). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

The potential evolutionary significance of the pineal gland. / Agutter, Paul S.; Tubbs, R. Shane; Loukas, Marios; Farhoudi, Mehdi; Ghaffari, Alireza; Mortazavi, Martin M.; Ghabili, Kamyar; Mohajel Shoja, Mohammadali.

Hypotheses in Clinical Medicine. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013. p. 217-226.

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Agutter, PS, Tubbs, RS, Loukas, M, Farhoudi, M, Ghaffari, A, Mortazavi, MM, Ghabili, K & Mohajel Shoja, M 2013, The potential evolutionary significance of the pineal gland. in Hypotheses in Clinical Medicine. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 217-226.
Agutter PS, Tubbs RS, Loukas M, Farhoudi M, Ghaffari A, Mortazavi MM et al. The potential evolutionary significance of the pineal gland. In Hypotheses in Clinical Medicine. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2013. p. 217-226
Agutter, Paul S. ; Tubbs, R. Shane ; Loukas, Marios ; Farhoudi, Mehdi ; Ghaffari, Alireza ; Mortazavi, Martin M. ; Ghabili, Kamyar ; Mohajel Shoja, Mohammadali. / The potential evolutionary significance of the pineal gland. Hypotheses in Clinical Medicine. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2013. pp. 217-226
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