Date of Award

6-1973

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine the presence of absence of the indoles serotonin and melatonin in the bovine retina. Their presence in the bovine pineal had been known for some time but no findings have been reported in the literature for bovine retinal tissue. Retinal tissue was extracted according to several procedures suggested by the literature. The extracts were tested against known samples of these indoles by thin layer chromatography and fluorescence spectra examined on the Hitachi-Perkin Elmer MPF-2 Fluorescence Spectrophotometer. The presence of melatonin in the bovine retina was qualitatively determined while not more than 0.01 μgm. of serotonin was found in one gram of retinal tissue.

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