Special Issue "Advances in the Research of Melatonin"

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A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rudiger Hardeland
Institute of Zoology and Anthropology, University of Goettingen, Berliner Str. 28, D-37073 Goettingen, Germany
E-Mail: rhardel@gwdg.de

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Accumulating evidence indicates an important role of melatonin and melatonergic signaling for the well-functioning of a body. Both physiological and psychological impairments can be associated with decreases of melatonin levels, as observed in the course of aging or as a consequence of various diseases and disorders. The multiplicity of possible changes reflects the extraordinary pleiotropy of this hormone. The association of deviations in melatonergic signaling with mental and metabolic disorders, in particular, diabetes type 2, is supported by knockouts and polymorphisms of genes involved in melatonin biosynthesis or signaling. An overlap with similar findings concerning genes of circadian oscillators indicates a significant chronobiological role of melatonin in the maintenance of health. High nocturnal levels of melatonin, which imply large amplitudes of the melatonin rhythm, synchronize other rhythms with external cycles and within the circadian multioscillator system. They support the maintenance of high amplitudes of peripheral rhythms, as shown by melatonin deficiency. They have also been interpreted as an indicator of youthfulness. Conversely, the decline of nocturnal melatonin leads to numerous undesired changes, including impairments in both detoxification and production of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, increased susceptibility to these reactive compounds, mitochondrial dysfunction, reductions in immune functions, sleep disturbances and, eventually, mood disorders. To overcome these problems, prolonged-release formulations of melatonin and various synthetic melatonergic agonists have been developed, some of which combine melatonergic signaling with additional properties of possible value in the treatment of depressive symptoms and metabolic disorders.

Prof. Dr. Rudiger Hardeland
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • aging
  • antioxidative protection
  • bipolar disorder
  • chronobiotic
  • diabetes
  • immune system
  • melatonergic drugs
  • metabolic syndrome
  • seasonal affective disorder
  • sleep

Published Papers (27 papers)

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(10), 20508-20542; doi:10.3390/ijms141020508
Received: 6 August 2013; in revised form: 3 September 2013 / Accepted: 13 September 2013 / Published: 14 October 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 18385-18406; doi:10.3390/ijms140918385
Received: 2 June 2013; in revised form: 16 July 2013 / Accepted: 26 August 2013 / Published: 6 September 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(7), 13704-13718; doi:10.3390/ijms140713704
Received: 19 May 2013; in revised form: 23 June 2013 / Accepted: 25 June 2013 / Published: 1 July 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 12550-12562; doi:10.3390/ijms140612550
Received: 5 March 2013; in revised form: 22 April 2013 / Accepted: 16 May 2013 / Published: 14 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 12458-12483; doi:10.3390/ijms140612458
Received: 17 March 2013; in revised form: 22 May 2013 / Accepted: 22 May 2013 / Published: 13 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11742-11766; doi:10.3390/ijms140611742
Received: 28 February 2013; in revised form: 15 May 2013 / Accepted: 16 May 2013 / Published: 31 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11259-11276; doi:10.3390/ijms140611259
Received: 22 March 2013; in revised form: 16 May 2013 / Accepted: 16 May 2013 / Published: 28 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11208-11223; doi:10.3390/ijms140611208
Received: 27 February 2013; in revised form: 28 April 2013 / Accepted: 20 May 2013 / Published: 27 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 10063-10074; doi:10.3390/ijms140510063
Received: 22 March 2013; in revised form: 29 April 2013 / Accepted: 2 May 2013 / Published: 10 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 9379-9395; doi:10.3390/ijms14059379
Received: 28 February 2013; in revised form: 15 April 2013 / Accepted: 16 April 2013 / Published: 29 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 9037-9050; doi:10.3390/ijms14059037
Received: 19 February 2013; in revised form: 9 April 2013 / Accepted: 10 April 2013 / Published: 25 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 8948-8962; doi:10.3390/ijms14058948
Received: 16 March 2013; in revised form: 14 April 2013 / Accepted: 15 April 2013 / Published: 25 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 8924-8947; doi:10.3390/ijms14058924
Received: 8 March 2013; in revised form: 10 April 2013 / Accepted: 11 April 2013 / Published: 25 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 8638-8683; doi:10.3390/ijms14048638
Received: 1 March 2013; in revised form: 6 April 2013 / Accepted: 7 April 2013 / Published: 22 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 8093-8121; doi:10.3390/ijms14048093
Received: 7 March 2013; in revised form: 28 March 2013 / Accepted: 28 March 2013 / Published: 12 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 7979-7999; doi:10.3390/ijms14047979
Received: 15 January 2013; in revised form: 26 March 2013 / Accepted: 27 March 2013 / Published: 11 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 7603-7616; doi:10.3390/ijms14047603
Received: 11 March 2013; in revised form: 24 March 2013 / Accepted: 26 March 2013 / Published: 8 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 7231-7272; doi:10.3390/ijms14047231
Received: 25 February 2013; Accepted: 27 March 2013 / Published: 2 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 6981-7015; doi:10.3390/ijms14046981
Received: 21 February 2013; in revised form: 7 March 2013 / Accepted: 11 March 2013 / Published: 27 March 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 6597-6613; doi:10.3390/ijms14046597
Received: 5 March 2013; in revised form: 18 March 2013 / Accepted: 20 March 2013 / Published: 25 March 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(3), 6345-6358; doi:10.3390/ijms14036345
Received: 7 January 2013; in revised form: 13 March 2013 / Accepted: 13 March 2013 / Published: 19 March 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(3), 5817-5841; doi:10.3390/ijms14035817
Received: 17 February 2013; in revised form: 1 March 2013 / Accepted: 4 March 2013 / Published: 12 March 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(3), 5380-5401; doi:10.3390/ijms14035380
Received: 17 February 2013; in revised form: 25 February 2013 / Accepted: 25 February 2013 / Published: 6 March 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(2), 3901-3920; doi:10.3390/ijms14023901
Received: 22 January 2013; in revised form: 31 January 2013 / Accepted: 4 February 2013 / Published: 14 February 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(2), 2573-2589; doi:10.3390/ijms14022573
Received: 23 November 2012; in revised form: 23 December 2012 / Accepted: 16 January 2013 / Published: 28 January 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(2), 2502-2514; doi:10.3390/ijms14022502
Received: 24 December 2012; in revised form: 15 January 2013 / Accepted: 22 January 2013 / Published: 25 January 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(2), 2410-2430; doi:10.3390/ijms14022410
Received: 5 December 2012; in revised form: 14 January 2013 / Accepted: 15 January 2013 / Published: 24 January 2013
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