The absence of maternal pineal melatonin rhythm during pregnancy and lactation impairs offspring physical growth, neurodevelopment, and behavior
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Highlights•Maternal melatonin deprivation during gestation/lactation induces sex-dependent alterations in somatic/neurologic development.•MMD leads to deficits in hippocampal-dependent learning in the adulthood•Circadian maternal melatonin affects structural and functional brain plasticity on a cellular level•These results points to putative public health implications for night working mothers, especially on male offspring

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