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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101270/using-online-active-learning-techniques-to-convey-time-compensated-sun-compass-orientation-in-the-eastern-north-american-monarch
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Noah H Green, Douglas G McMahon, Cynthia Brame
A common tool that animals use to navigate in a constant direction is known as "time compensated sun compass orientation." This is a process by which animals use the position of the sun along with information from their internal circadian clocks to determine and maintain a directional heading. Many circadian scientists and educators use this process as an example of how the internal circadian clock can directly influence animal behavior. However, many students have difficulty grasping this biological process due to its multivariable nature...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100421/osteoarthritis-year-in-review-2016-biology
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REVIEW
E N Blaney Davidson, A P M van Caam, P M van der Kraan
This review highlights a selection of literature in the area of osteoarthritis biology published between the 2015 and 2016 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress. Highlights were selected from a pubmed search covering cartilage, bone, inflammation and pain. A personal selection was made based, amongst other things, on topics presented during the 2015 conference. This covers circadian rhythm, TGF-β signaling, autophagy, SIRT6, exercise, lubricin, TLR's, pain and NGF. Furthermore, in this review we have made an effort to connect these seemingly distant topics into one scheme of connections between them, revealing a theoretical big picture underneath...
December 17, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099762/human-transporters-pept1-2-facilitate-melatonin-transportation-into-mitochondria-of-cancer-cells-an-implication-of-the-therapeutic-potential
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Xiaokui Huo, Chao Wang, Zhenlong Yu, Yulin Peng, Shumei Wang, Shengnan Feng, Shouji Zhang, Xiangge Tian, Chengpeng Sun, Kexin Liu, Sa Deng, Xiaochi Ma
Melatonin is present in virtually all organisms from bacteria to mammals, and it exhibits a broad spectrum of biological functions, including synchronization of circadian rhythms and oncostatic activity. Several functions of melatonin are mediated by its membrane receptors but others are receptor-independent. For the latter, melatonin is required to penetrate membrane and enters intracellular compartments. However, the mechanism by which melatonin enters cells remains debatable. In the current study, it was identified that melatonin and its sulfation metabolites were the substrates of oligopeptide transporter (PEPT) 1/2 and organic anion transporter (OAT) 3, respectively...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097908/common-and-specific-genes-and-peripheral-biomarkers-in-children-and-adults-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Cristian Bonvicini, Stephen V Faraone, Catia Scassellati
OBJECTIVES: Elucidating the biological mechanisms involved in Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been challenging. Relatively unexplored is the fact that these mechanisms can differ with age. METHODS: We present an overview on the major differences between children and adults with ADHD, describing several studies from genomics to metabolomics performed in ADHD children and in adults. A systematic search (up until February, 2016) was conducted. RESULTS: From a PRISMA flow-chart, a total of eligibility 350 studies from genomics and metabolomics were found for cADHD and 91 for aADHD...
January 18, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087932/the-complexity-of-fungal-vision
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Reinhard Fischer, Jesus Aguirre, Alfredo Herrera-Estrella, Luis M Corrochano
Life, as we know it, would not be possible without light. Light is not only a primary source of energy, but also an important source of information for many organisms. To sense light, only a few photoreceptor systems have developed during evolution. They are all based on an organic molecule with conjugated double bonds that allows energy transfer from visible (or UV) light to its cognate protein to translate the primary physical photoresponse to cell-biological actions. The three main classes of receptors are flavin-based blue-light, retinal-based green-light (such as rhodopsin), and linear tetrapyrrole-based red-light sensors...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087820/emerging-functional-roles-of-nuclear-receptors-in-breast-cancer
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Tram B Doan, Justine Graham, Christine Clarke
Nuclear receptors (NRs) have been targets of intensive drug development for decades due to their roles as key regulators of multiple developmental, physiological and disease processes. In breast cancer, expression of the estrogen and progesterone receptor remains clinically important in predicting prognosis and determining therapeutic strategies. More recently, there is growing evidence supporting the involvement of multiple nuclear receptors other than the estrogen and progesterone receptors, in the regulation of various processes important to the initiation and progression of breast cancer...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078538/the-sleep-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-what-we-know-until-now
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REVIEW
Maryam Moosavi, Gholam Reza Hatam
Sleep, as one of the most important requirements of our brain, has a mystical nature. Despite long-standing studies, the molecular mechanisms and physiological properties of sleep have not been defined well as the complexity of the mammals' brain make it difficult to investigate the mechanisms and properties of sleep. Although some features of sleep have changed during evolution, its existence in such a simple animal, Caenorhabditis elegans, not only signifies the importance of sleep in even simple animals, but also allows the scientist to assess the core mechanism and biological events in an uncomplicated organism...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071711/transient-anhedonia-phenotype-and-altered-circadian-timing-of-behaviour-during-night-time-dim-light-exposure-in-per3-mice-but-not-wildtype-mice
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Bruno Jacson Martynhak, Alexandra L Hogben, Panos Zanos, Polymnia Georgiou, Roberto Andreatini, Ian Kitchen, Simon N Archer, Malcolm von Schantz, Alexis Bailey, Daan R van der Veen
Industrialisation greatly increased human night-time exposure to artificial light, which in animal models is a known cause of depressive phenotypes. Whilst many of these phenotypes are 'direct' effects of light on affect, an 'indirect' pathway via altered sleep-wake timing has been suggested. We have previously shown that the Period3 gene, which forms part of the biological clock, is associated with altered sleep-wake patterns in response to light. Here, we show that both wild-type and Per3(-/-) mice showed elevated levels of circulating corticosterone and increased hippocampal Bdnf expression after 3 weeks of exposure to dim light at night, but only mice deficient for the PERIOD3 protein (Per3(-/-)) exhibited a transient anhedonia-like phenotype, observed as reduced sucrose preference, in weeks 2-3 of dim light at night, whereas WT mice did not...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063234/hadza-sleep-biology-evidence-for-flexible-sleep-wake-patterns-in-hunter-gatherers
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David R Samson, Alyssa N Crittenden, Ibrahim A Mabulla, Audax Z P Mabulla, Charles L Nunn
OBJECTIVES: Cross-cultural sleep research is critical to deciphering whether modern sleep expression is the product of recent selective pressures, or an example of evolutionary mismatch to ancestral sleep ecology. We worked with the Hadza, an equatorial, hunter-gatherer community in Tanzania, to better understand ancestral sleep patterns and to test hypotheses related to sleep segmentation. METHODS: We used actigraphy to analyze sleep-wake patterns in thirty-three volunteers for a total of 393 days...
January 7, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057520/molecular-basis-for-the-regulation-of-the-circadian-clock-kinases-ck1%C3%AE-and-ck1%C3%AE%C2%B5
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REVIEW
Yu Yang, Tingting Xu, Yunfei Zhang, Ximing Qin
CK1δ and CK1ε are unique in the casein kinase 1 family and play critical roles in a number of physiological intracellular pathways. In particular, these kinases are involved in composing the mammalian circadian clock by phosphorylating core clock proteins. Considering that CK1δ/ε phosphorylate other key biological molecules, such as β-catenin and p53, understanding how the kinase activity is regulated would be greatly significant, since they are potential targets to develop pharmacological agents against cancer, pain, and circadian disorders...
January 3, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054361/the-metabolic-sensor-akin10-modulates-the-arabidopsis-circadian-clock-in-a-light-dependent-manner
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Jieun Shin, Alfredo Sánchez-Villarreal, Amanda M Davis, Shen-Xiu Du, Kenneth W Berendzen, Csaba Koncz, Zhaojun Ding, Cuiling Li, Seth J Davis
Plants generate rhythmic metabolism during the repetitive day/night cycle. The circadian clock produces internal biological rhythms to synchronize numerous metabolic processes such that they occur at the required time of day. Metabolism conversely influences clock function by controlling circadian period and phase, and the expression of core-clock genes. Here we show that AKIN10, a catalytic subunit of the evolutionarily conserved key energy sensor Snf1 (sucrose non-fermenting 1)-related kinase 1 (SnRK1) complex, plays an important role in the circadian clock...
January 5, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052921/the-circadian-oscillator-of-the-cerebral-cortex-molecular-biochemical-and-behavioral-effects-of-deleting-the-arntl-clock-gene-in-cortical-neurons
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Tenna Bering, Mikkel Bloss Carstensen, Gitta Wörtwein, Pia Weikop, Martin Fredensborg Rath
A molecular circadian oscillator resides in neurons of the cerebral cortex, but its role is unknown. Using the Cre-LoxP method, we have here abolished the core clock gene Arntl in those neurons. This mouse represents the first model carrying a deletion of a circadian clock component specifically in an extrahypothalamic cell type of the brain. Molecular analyses of clock gene expression in the cerebral cortex of the Arntl conditional knockout mouse revealed disrupted circadian expression profiles, whereas clock gene expression in the suprachiasmatic nucleus was still rhythmic, thus showing that Arntl is required for normal function of the cortical circadian oscillator...
January 3, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045699/agenda-for-sleep-research-in-older-adults-with-cancer-a-conference-report
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Ellyn E Matthews, Eileen Danaher Hacker, Julie L Otte, Grace E Dean
BACKGROUND: Sleep problems are common but often neglected in older adults, particularly in the context of cancer. Underlying mechanisms are poorly understood and interventions frequently lack a clear scientific basis. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this report was to examine scientific content presented at a National Institutes of Health-sponsored U13 "Bedside to Bench" conference using a qualitative and iterative review procedure. Analysis of current scientific issues regarding sleep in older adults with cancer is needed to direct nurse scientists and clinicians toward research opportunities...
December 30, 2016: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041911/disinhibition-of-the-intergeniculate-leaflet-network-in-the-wag-rij-rat-model-of-absence-epilepsy
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Lukasz Chrobok, Katarzyna Palus, Jagoda Stanislawa Jeczmien-Lazur, Anna Chrzanowska, Mariusz Kepczynski, Marian Henryk Lewandowski
The intergeniculate leaflet (IGL) of the thalamus is a retinorecipient structure implicated in orchestrating circadian rhythmicity. The IGL network is highly GABAergic and consists mainly of neuropeptide Y-synthesising and enkephalinergic neurons. A high density of GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes has been observed in the IGL, with a probable function in guarding neuronal inhibition. Interestingly, putatively enkephalinergic IGL neurons generate action potentials with an infra-slow oscillatory (ISO) pattern in vivo in urethane anesthetised Wistar rats, under light-on conditions only...
December 30, 2016: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031015/melatonin-pharmacology-functions-and-therapeutic-benefits
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Sylvie Tordjman, Sylvie Chokron, Richard Delorme, Annaëlle Charrier, Eric Bellissant, Nemat Jaafari, Claire Fougerou
Melatonin synchronizes central but also peripheral oscillators (fetal adrenal gland, pancreas, liver, kidney, heart, lung, fat, gut, etc.), allowing temporal organization of biological functions through circadian rhythms in relation to periodic environmental changes and therefore adaptation of the individual to his/her internal and external environment. Measures of melatonin are considered the best peripheral indices of human circadian timing. First, the pharmacology of melatonin (biosynthesis and circadian rhythms, pharmacokinetics and mechanisms of action) is described, allowing a better understanding of the short and long term effects of melatonin following its immediate or prolonged release...
December 28, 2016: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017879/circadian-rhythms-time-restricted-feeding-and-healthy-aging
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REVIEW
Emily N C Manoogian, Satchidananda Panda
Circadian rhythms optimize physiology and health by temporally coordinating cellular function, tissue function, and behavior. These endogenous rhythms dampen with age and thus compromise temporal coordination. Feeding-fasting patterns are an external cue that profoundly influence the robustness of daily biological rhythms. Erratic eating patterns can disrupt the temporal coordination of metabolism and physiology leading to chronic diseases that are also characteristic of aging. However, sustaining a robust feeding-fasting cycle, even without altering nutrition quality or quantity, can prevent or reverse these chronic diseases in experimental models...
December 23, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008157/the-tumor-associated-yb-1-protein-new-player-in-the-circadian-control-of-cell-proliferation
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Cristina Pagano, Orsola di Martino, Gennaro Ruggiero, Andrea Maria Guarino, Nathalie Mueller, Rima Siauciunaite, Markus Reischl, Nicholas Simon Foulkes, Daniela Vallone, Viola Calabrò
Correct spatial and temporal control of cell proliferation is of fundamental importance for tissue homeostasis. Its deregulation has been associated with several pathological conditions. In common with almost every aspect of plant and animal biology, cell proliferation is dominated by day-night rhythms generated by the circadian clock. However, our understanding of the crosstalk between the core clock and cell cycle control mechanisms remains incomplete. In this study, using zebrafish as a vertebrate model system, we show that the nuclear localization of the Y-box binding protein 1 (YB-1), a regulator of cyclin expression and a hallmark of certain cancers, is robustly regulated by the circadian clock...
December 20, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007926/circadian-regulation-of-benzo-a-pyrene-metabolism-and-dna-adduct-formation-in-breast-cells-and-the-mouse-mammary-gland
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Emily E Schmitt, Rola Barhoumi, Richard P Metz, Weston W Porter
The circadian clock plays a role in many biological processes, yet very little is known about its role in metabolism of drugs and carcinogens. The purpose of this study was to define the impact of circadian rhythms on benzo-a-pyrene (BaP) metabolism in the mouse mammary gland and develop a circadian in vitro model for investigating changes in BaP metabolism resulting from cross-talk between the molecular clock and aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Female 129sv mice (12 weeks old) received a single gavage dose of 50 mg/kg BaP at either noon or midnight, and mammary tissues were isolated 4 or 24 hours later...
December 22, 2016: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004075/regulation-of-reproduction-by-the-circadian-rhythms
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Wen-Xiang Zhang, Si-Yu Chen, Chang Liu
Mammals synchronize their circadian activity primarily to the cycles of light and darkness in the environment. Circadian rhythm is controlled by the central clock in the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) and the peripheral clocks in various tissues. More importantly, the central clock can integrate photic/nonphotic signals to generate rhythmic outputs, and then drive the slave oscillators in peripheral tissues through neuroendocrine and behavioral signals. Human reproductive activities, as some other physiological functions, are controlled by the biological clocks...
December 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998697/the-choroid-plexus-as-a-sex-hormone-target-functional-implications
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REVIEW
Cecília R A Santos, Ana Catarina Duarte, Telma Quintela, Joana Tomás, Tânia Albuquerque, Fernanda Marques, Joana Almeida Palha, Isabel Gonçalves
The choroid plexuses (CPs) are highly vascularized branched structures that protrude into the ventricles of the brain, and form a unique interface between the blood and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). In recent years, novel functions have been attributed to this tissue such as in immune and chemical surveillance of the central nervous system, brain development, adult neurogenesis and circadian rhythm regulation. Sex hormones (SH) are widely recognized as modulators in several neurodegenerative diseases, and there is evidence that estrogens and androgens regulate several fundamental biological functions in the CPs...
December 18, 2016: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
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