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Aguilar-Roblero, R; Moran, J; Perez de la Mora, M; VERDUZCOCARBAJAL, L; Rodriguez, C; MendezFranco, J (1993)

CIRCADIAN RHYTHMICITY IN THE GABAERGIC SYSTEM IN THE SUPRACHIASMATIC NUCLEI OF THE RAT

NEUROSCI LETT 157(2):199-202
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The participation of GABAergic mechanisms in the regulation of circadian rhythmicity by the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) has been suggested from different lines of evidence. Little is known, however, whether GABA synthesis, release, uptake or content within the SCN may show a circadian pattern. The present results show that the activity of the GABAergic system within the SCN region of the rat exhibits circadian rhythmicity, which is manifested by correlative changes of the GABA content and the glutamic acid decarboxylase activity under the light/dark cycle, and by changes in the GABA content in animals kept under constant darkness.