melatonin

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melatonin:

see pineal glandpineal gland
, small organ (about the size of a pea) situated in the brain. Long considered vestigial in humans, the structure, which is also called the pineal body or the epiphysis, is present in most vertebrates.
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melatonin

[‚mel·ə′tōn·ən]
(biochemistry)
A hormone secreted by the pineal gland that acts on melanophores in the skins of amphibians and reptiles to concentrate the melanin in the center of the cells, lightening the body surface; in higher vertebrates it conveys information about time that influences reproduction and circadian physiology.
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Neuroimmunomodulation in medical oncology: application of psychoneuroimmunology with subcutaneous low-dose IL-2 and the pineal hormone melatonin in patients with untreatable metastatic solid tumors.
Anticancer neuroimmunomodulation by pineal hormones other than melatonin: preliminary phase II study of the pineal indole 5-methoxytryptophol in association with low-dose IL-2 and melatonin.
Biochemotherapy with standard chemotherapies plus the pineal hormone melatonin in the treatment of advanced solid neoplasms.