Phase response curve to melatonin in a putatively diurnal rodent, Octodon degus

  • Morris L
  • Tate B
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Abstract

The degu (Octodon degus) is a diurnal rodent, although phase inversions to nocturnal behavior have been reported under specific laboratory conditions. The reliability of this animal as a diurnal model of sleep therefore requires further characterization of intrinsic circadian pacemaker properties. A phase response curve to light has been reported in the degu, and is consistent with other diurnal animals. This study reports a phase response curve to melatonin in the degu, which is distinct in orientation from the light curve.

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  • Degu
  • Diurnal
  • Melatonin
  • Octodon degus
  • Phase response

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Authors

  • Luc G. Morris

  • Barbara A. Tate

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