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Expression patterns of melatonin receptors in chicken ovarian follicles affected by monochromatic light

D. Y. Li, Wu, N., Tu, J. B., Hu, Y. D., Yang, M. Y., Yin, H. D., Chen, B. L., Xu, H. L., Yao, Y. F., and Zhu, Q., Expression patterns of melatonin receptors in chicken ovarian follicles affected by monochromatic light, vol. 14, pp. 10072-10080, 2015.

Artificial illumination is an important exogenous factor in the control of many physiological and behavioral processes as well as an important environmental factor in the management of laying hens. Melatonin receptors are members of the G protein-coupled receptor family. The hormone melatonin is secreted primarily by the pineal gland, with highest levels occurring during the dark period of a circadian cycle. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of monochromatic light on chicken egg reproduction and expression of melatonin receptors in chicken ovarian follicles.

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