Melatonin receptors. An overview for physicians.

Phyllis C. Zee*

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Sleep and wakefulness result from a complex process. Melatonin plays a role in the sleep process by binding to receptors that inhibit the firing rate of neurons in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This action, in turn, may help promote sleep. Multiple melatonin receptors have been discovered, and information about individual receptor function continues to grow. Elucidating information about receptor function may provide clues for new drugs that may act on specific receptors to aid patients with sleep disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-13
Number of pages4
JournalPostgraduate medicine
Issue number6 Suppl Primary
StatePublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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