Journal article

5-Methoxypsoralen: effect on the noradrenaline circadian rhythm of sleep-deprived subjects.

M Candito, D Pringuey, P Lehert, M Drici, E Souêtre, P Chambon, G Darcourt

Life Sci | Published : 1993


5-methoxypsoralen (5-MOP), a serotonin analogue, stimulates the secretion of melatonin, which plays an important role in circadian rhythm regulation. Melatonin production is essentially controlled by noradrenaline (NA). To investigate the effect of 5-MOP on the 24 hr NA rhythm, hourly plasma NA concentrations measured over 24 hr in 7 healthy young subjects who took 40 mg 5-MOP orally at 21:00 hr the evening before were compared with values obtained in drug-free subjects. All subjects were sleep-deprived and under conditions in which sympathetic nervous system activation was repeated every hour over 24 hr. In both series of patients, a significant difference was observed between mean morning ..

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