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Abstract

Complex Effects Of Melatonin : The Ubiquitously Acting Pineal Hormone

Author(s): Mirunalini Sankaran, P Subramanian

A few decades ago, melatonin was linked to phenomena such as sleep and circadian rhythms. Of late, the functions of melatonin include effects on the immune system, as an anticancer and oncostatic agent, as a free radical scavenger, as an antioxidant, an antiinflammatory agent, a sleep promoting agent and an agent to improve mental performance. Novel chronobiotic and relevant properties of melatonin have been reported. This review focuses on the complex effects of melatonin and its ubiquitous actions in mammals and humans.

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