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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644985/depressive-like-behavior-is-elevated-among-offspring-of-parents-exposed-to-dim-light-at-night-prior-to-mating
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Yasmine M Cissé, Kathryn L G Russart, Randy J Nelson
Rates of major depressive disorder (MDD) have steadily increased over the past 50 years. Many factors have been implicated in the etiology of depressive disorders and environmental influences are being increasingly recognized. The increase in depression rates has coincided with increased artificial nighttime lighting. Exposure to light at night (LAN) has been associated with increased depressive-like behavior in rodents and decreased mood in humans. However, relatively little is known on the multigenerational effects of dLAN on affect...
June 12, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644828/a-mutant-of-chlamydomonas-without-lhcsr-maintains-high-rates-of-photosynthesis-but-has-reduced-cell-division-rates-in-sinusoidal-light-conditions
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Michael Cantrell, Graham Peers
The LHCSR protein belongs to the light harvesting complex family of pigment-binding proteins found in oxygenic photoautotrophs. Previous studies have shown that this complex is required for the rapid induction and relaxation of excess light energy dissipation in a wide range of eukaryotic algae and moss. The ability of cells to rapidly regulate light harvesting between this dissipation state and one favoring photochemistry is believed to be important for reducing oxidative stress and maintaining high photosynthetic efficiency in a rapidly changing light environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641787/social-jet-lag-potentiates-obesity-and-metabolic-syndrome-when-combined-with-cafeteria-diet-in-rats
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Estefania Espitia-Bautista, Mario Velasco-Ramos, Iván Osnaya-Ramírez, Manuel Ángeles-Castellanos, Ruud M Buijs, Carolina Escobar
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Modern lifestyle promotes shifted sleep onset and shifted wake up time between weekdays and weekends, producing a condition termed "social-jet lag." Disrupted sleep promotes increased appetite for carbohydrate and fat-rich food, which in long term leads to overweight, obesity and metabolic syndrome. In order to mimic the human situation we produced an experimental model of social-jet lag (Sj-l). With this model, we explored the link between shifted sleep time with consumption of a cafeteria diet (CafD) and the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome...
July 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637029/blue-enriched-morning-light-as-a-countermeasure-to-light-at-the-wrong-time-effects-on-cognition-sleepiness-sleep-and-circadian-phase
#4
Mirjam Münch, Claudia Nowozin, Johannes Regente, Frederik Bes, Jan De Zeeuw, Sven Hädel, Amely Wahnschaffe, Dieter Kunz
Light during the day and darkness at night are crucial factors for proper entrainment of the human circadian system to the solar 24-h day. However, modern life and work styles have led to much more time spent indoors, often with lower daytime and higher evening/nighttime light intensity from electrical lighting than outdoors. Whether this has long-term consequences for human health is being currently investigated. We tested if bright blue-enriched morning light over several days could counteract the detrimental effects of inadequate daytime and evening lighting...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630378/randomised-controlled-trial-of-the-efficacy-of-a-blue-enriched-light-intervention-to-improve-alertness-and-performance-in-night-shift-workers
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Tracey L Sletten, Suzanne Ftouni, Christian L Nicholas, Michelle Magee, Ronald R Grunstein, Sally Ferguson, David J Kennaway, Darren O'Brien, Steven W Lockley, Shantha M W Rajaratnam
OBJECTIVES: Night workers often experience high levels of sleepiness due to misalignment of the sleep-wake cycle from the circadian pacemaker, in addition to acute and chronic sleep loss. Exposure to light, in particular short wavelength light, can improve alertness and neurobehavioural performance. This randomised controlled trial examined the efficacy of blue-enriched polychromatic light to improve alertness and neurobehavioural performance in night workers. DESIGN: Participants were 71 night shift workers (42 males; 32...
June 19, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628949/photosynthate-partitioning-to-starch-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-is-insensitive-to-light-intensity-but-sensitive-to-photoperiod-due-to-a-restriction-on-growth-in-the-light-in-short-photoperiods
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Virginie Mengin, Eva-Theresa Pyl, Thiago Alexandre Moraes, Ronan Sulpice, Nicole Krohn, Beatrice Encke, Mark Stitt
Photoperiod duration can be predicted from previous days but irradiance fluctuates in an unpredictable manner. To investigate how allocation to starch responds to changes in these two environmental variables, Arabidopsis Col-0 was grown in a 6-h and a 12-h photoperiod at three different irradiances. The absolute rate of starch accumulation increased when photoperiod duration was shortened and when irradiance was increased. The proportion of photosynthate allocated to starch increased strongly when photoperiod duration was decreased but only slightly when irradiance was decreased...
June 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627309/measuring-light-at-night-and-melatonin-levels-in-shift-workers-a-review-of-the-literature
#7
Claudia M Hunter, Mariana G Figueiro
Shift work, especially that involving rotating and night shifts, is associated with an increased risk of diseases, including cancer. Attempts to explain the association between shift work and cancer in particular have focused on the processes of melatonin production and suppression. One hypothesis postulates that exposure to light at night (LAN) suppresses melatonin, whose production is known to slow the development of cancerous cells, while another proposes that circadian disruption associated with shift work, and not just LAN, increases health risks...
July 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622053/importance-of-sandy-bottoms-in-coral-reefs-to-the-oscillation-of-daily-rhythms-in-the-tropical-wrasse-halichoeres-trimaculatus
#8
Hitomi Ito-Takeuchi, Kai Takahashi, Selma Bouchekioua, Chihiro Yamauchi, Yuki Takeuchi, Sung-Pyo Hur, Young-Don Lee, Akihiro Takemura
Most wrasse species swim during the day and bury themselves in the sandy bottoms of shallow reefs at night. This study aimed to evaluate the importance of sandy bottoms to the day-active/night-inactive rhythmicity of the tropical wrasse Halichoeres trimaculatus. Actogram analysis revealed that fish were active during the photophase and inactive during the scotophase in aquariums with both sandy and bare bottoms. When fish were kept in aquariums with bare bottoms, rhythmicity was maintained under constant dark conditions (DD) but became obscured under constant light conditions (LL), suggesting that a day-active/night-inactive rhythmicity is regulated by the circadian system...
June 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619514/the-frequency-of-th17%C3%A2-cells-in-the-small-intestine-exhibits-a-day-night-variation-dependent-on-circadian-clock-activity
#9
Ha Pham Thu Le, Yuki Nakamura, Kyoko Oh-Oka, Kayoko Ishimaru, Shotaro Nakajima, Atsuhito Nakao
Interleukin-17-producing CD4(+) T helper (Th17) cells are a key immune lineage that protects against bacterial and fungal infections at mucosal surfaces. At steady state, Th17 cells are abundant in the small intestinal mucosa of mice. There are several mechanisms for regulating the population of Th17 cells in the small intestine, reflecting the importance of maintaining their numbers in the correct balance. Here we demonstrate the existence of a time-of-day-dependent variation in the frequency of Th17 cells in the lamina propria of the small intestine in wild-type mice, which was not observed in mice with a loss-of-function mutation of the core circadian gene Clock or in mice housed under aberrant light/dark conditions...
June 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619089/light-manipulation-of-mosquito-behaviour-acute-and-sustained-photic-suppression-of-biting-activity-in-the-anopheles-gambiae-malaria-mosquito
#10
Aaron D Sheppard, Samuel S C Rund, Gary F George, Erin Clark, Dominic J Acri, Giles E Duffield
BACKGROUND: Host-seeking behaviours in anopheline mosquitoes are time-of-day specific, with a greater propensity for nocturnal biting. We investigated how a short exposure to light presented during the night or late day can inhibit biting activity and modulate flight activity behaviour. RESULTS: Anopheles gambiae (s.s.), maintained on a 12:12 LD cycle, were exposed transiently to white light for 10-min at the onset of night and the proportion taking a blood meal in a human biting assay was recorded every 2 h over an 8-h duration...
June 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617195/light-and-clock-control-of-genes-involved-in-detoxification
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G Carmona-Antoñanzas, M Santi, H Migaud, L M Vera
Circadian regulation of hepatic detoxification seems to be amongst the key roles of the biological clock. The liver is the major site for biotransformation, and in mammals, it contains several clock-controlled transcription factors such as proline and acidic amino acid-rich basic leucine zipper proteins (PAR bZIP) and basic-helix-loop-helix Per-Arnt-Sim (bHLH-PAS) family that act as circadian regulators of detoxification genes. This investigation explored the existence of daily and circadian expression of transcription factors involved in detoxification, as well as the temporal profile of a set of their target genes in zebrafish liver...
June 15, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617052/neotomodon-alstoni-mice-present-sex-differences-between-lean-and-obese-in-daily-hypothalamic-leptin-signaling
#12
Moisés Pérez-Mendoza, Dalia Luna-Moreno, Agustín Carmona-Castro, Hugo A Rodríguez-Guadarrama, Luis M Montoya-Gómez, Mauricio Díaz-Muñoz, Manuel Miranda-Anaya
This article compared the effects of spontaneous obesity on the daily profile in the relative amount of the leptin receptor (LepRb), and its output. That is the precursor Pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) over a 24-hour period and compared with differences in locomotion and food intake in periods of artificial light. Differences between lean and obese mice were examined, as were sex differences. Body weight, food intake and locomotor activity were monitored in freely moving lean and obese mice. Hypothalamic tissue was collected at 5 h, 10 h, 15 h, 19 h and 24 h...
June 15, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616614/an-analysis-of-emergency-medical-services-demand-time-of-day-day-of-the-week-and-location-in-the-city
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Gorkem Sariyer, Mustafa Gokalp Ataman, Serhat Akay, Turhan Sofuoglu, Zeynep Sofuoglu
OBJECTIVE: Effective planning of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which is highly dependent on the analysis of past data trends, is important in reducing response time. Thus, we aimed to analyze demand for these services based on time and location trends to inform planning for an effective EMS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data for this retrospective study were obtained from the Izmir EMS 112 system. All calls reaching these services during first six months of 2013 were descriptively analyzed, based on time and location trends as a heat-map form...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610686/levels-of-physical-activity-and-sleep-patterns-among-older-people-with-dementia-living-in-long-term-care-facilities-a-24-h-snapshot
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Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones, Jenny Murfield, Brian Draper, Elizabeth Beattie, David Shum, Lukman Thalib, Siobhan O'Dwyer, Cindy M Mervin
OBJECTIVES: To objectively measure over a 24-h period the daytime and nighttime levels of physical activity and sleep patterns of older people with dementia living in long-term care facilities. STUDY DESIGN: Nested within a larger research program, this cross-sectional study involved 415 residents, aged ≥60 years, with a documented diagnosis of dementia, from 28 long-term care facilities in south-east Queensland, Australia. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Residents wore SenseWear(®) activity armbands continuously for 24h, with data recorded for: step count; total energy expenditure; metabolic equivalent of task (MET); and the amount of time spent physically active, lying down, awake, and asleep...
August 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605522/seasonality-and-temperature-dependent-flight-dispersal-of-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae-and-other-vectors-of-chagas-disease-in-western-argentina
#15
Osvaldo Di Iorio, Ricardo E Gürtler
Flight dispersal of Triatominae is affected by climatic conditions and determines the spatiotemporal patterns of house invasion and transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi Chagas (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae). We investigated the detailed time structure and temperature dependencies of flight occurrence of Triatoma infestans Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) and other triatomine species in a rural village of western Argentina by taking advantage of the attraction of adult triatomines to artificial light sources. Most of the village's streetlight posts were systematically inspected for triatomines twice between sunset and midnight over 425 nights in the spring-summer seasons of 1999-2002, an unprecedented light-trap sampling effort for any triatomine species...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603481/effects-of-dim-light-at-night-on-food-intake-and-body-mass-in-developing-mice
#16
Yasmine M Cissé, Juan Peng, Randy J Nelson
Appropriately timed light is critical for circadian organization; exposure to dim light at night (dLAN) disrupts temporal organization of endogenous biological timing. Exposure to dLAN in adult mice is associated with elevated body mass and changes in metabolism putatively driven by voluntary changes in the time of food intake. We predicted that exposure of young mice to LAN could affect adult metabolic function. At 3 weeks (Experiment 1) or 5 weeks (Experiment 2) of age, mice were either maintained in standard light-dark (DARK) cycles or exposed to nightly dLAN (5 lux)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601036/light-pollution-affects-nesting-behavior-of-loggerhead-turtles-and-predation-risk-of-nests-and-hatchlings
#17
Elton Silva, Adolfo Marco, Jesemine da Graça, Héctor Pérez, Elena Abella, Juan Patino-Martinez, Samir Martins, Corrine Almeida
The introduction of artificial light into wildlife habitats is a rapidly expanding aspect of global change, which has many negative impacts on a wide range of taxa. In this experimental study, which took place on a beach located on the island of Boa Vista (Cabo Verde), three types of artificial light were tested on nesting loggerhead sea turtles as well as on ghost crabs, which intensively predate on nests and hatchlings, to determine the effects they would produce on the behavior of both species. Over the course of 36days, female loggerheads and ghost crabs were studied under yellow, orange and red lights, with observations also being made on dark nights that served as a control treatment...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597541/restless-roosts-light-pollution-affects-behavior-sleep-and-physiology-in-a-free-living-songbird
#18
Jenny Q Ouyang, Maaike de Jong, Roy H A van Grunsven, Kevin D Matson, Mark F Haussmann, Peter Meerlo, Marcel E Visser, Kamiel Spoelstra
The natural nighttime environment is increasingly polluted by artificial light. Several studies have linked artificial light at night to negative impacts on human health. In free-living animals, light pollution is associated with changes in circadian, reproductive, and social behavior, but whether these animals also suffer from physiologic costs remains unknown. To fill this gap, we made use of a unique network of field sites which are either completely unlit (control), or are artificially illuminated with white, green, or red light...
June 9, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597414/effects-of-light-emitting-diode-supplementary-lighting-on-the-winter-growth-of-greenhouse-plants-in-the-yangtze-river-delta-of-china
#19
Xue Li, Wei Lu, Guyue Hu, Xiao Chan Wang, Yu Zhang, Guo Xiang Sun, Zhichao Fang
BACKGROUND: The winter in the Yangtze River Delta area of China involves more than 1 month of continuous low temperature and poor light (CLTL) weather conditions, which impacts horticultural production in an unheated greenhouse; however, few greenhouses in this area are currently equipped with a heating device. The low-cost and long-living light-emitting diode (LED) was used as an artificial light source to explore the effects of supplementary lighting during the dark period in CLTL winter on the vegetative characteristics, early yield, and physiology of flowering for pepper plants grown in a greenhouse without heating...
December 2016: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597220/the-value-of-darkness-a-moral-framework-for-urban-nighttime-lighting
#20
Taylor Stone
The adverse effects of artificial nighttime lighting, known as light pollution, are emerging as an important environmental issue. To address these effects, current scientific research focuses mainly on identifying what is bad or undesirable about certain types and uses of lighting at night. This paper adopts a value-sensitive approach, focusing instead on what is good about darkness at night. In doing so, it offers a first comprehensive analysis of the environmental value of darkness at night from within applied ethics...
June 8, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
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