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Title: The effect of atenolol, a beta1-adrenergic antagonist, on nocturnal plasma melatonin secretion: evidence for a dose-response relationship in humans.
Authors: Nathan, P J;Maguire, K P;Burrows, Graham D;Norman, Trevor R
Affiliation: University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry, Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre, Heidelberg, Germany.
Issue Date: 1-Oct-1997
Citation: Journal of Pineal Research; 23(3): 131-5
Abstract: Pineal beta1-adrenergic receptors are involved in the regulation of melatonin secretion. The involvement of beta1-adrenergic receptors has been demonstrated by the ability of acute administration of beta-antagonists to suppress the nocturnal rise of circulating melatonin and its urinary metabolite 6-sulphatoxymelatonin (aMT6s). The present study was undertaken to examine the relationship between increasing doses of atenolol and nocturnal plasma melatonin concentrations. Six healthy subjects participated in the study for a period of 5 weeks. Subjects were administered placebo, 12.5, 25, 37.5, and 50 mg doses of atenolol in a randomized single blind design. Each dose was separated by a 1 week washout period. Blood samples were collected at regular intervals from 19.00 hr to 06.00 hr. Repeated measures analysis of variance showed a dose-dependent decrease in plasma melatonin concentrations (P<0.01). A Student Newman-Keuls post hoc test indicated significant differences between placebo and all doses of atenolol (P<0.05). The results demonstrate a dose-dependent relationship between beta1-receptor blockade and suppression of nocturnal plasma melatonin in humans.
Internal ID Number: 9406983
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/13561
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9406983
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adolescent
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists.administration & dosage
Adult
Atenolol.administration & dosage
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Female
Humans
Male
Melatonin.blood
Pineal Gland.drug effects
Radioimmunoassay
Receptors, Adrenergic, beta-1.drug effects
Single-Blind Method
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