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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332561/inertial-bioluminescence-rhythms-at-the-capo-passero-km3net-italia-site-central-mediterranean-sea
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J Aguzzi, E Fanelli, T Ciuffardi, A Schirone, J Craig
In the deep sea, the sense of time is dependent on geophysical fluctuations, such as internal tides and atmospheric-related inertial currents, rather than day-night rhythms. Deep-sea neutrino telescopes instrumented with light detecting Photo-Multiplier Tubes (PMT) can be used to describe the synchronization of bioluminescent activity of abyssopelagic organisms with hydrodynamic cycles. PMT readings at 8 different depths (from 3069 to 3349 m) of the NEMO Phase 2 prototype, deployed offshore Capo Passero (Sicily) at the KM3NeT-Italia site, were used to characterize rhythmic bioluminescence patterns in June 2013, in response to water mass movements...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331534/ford-and-edison-in-a-modern-regulatory-environment-the-first-in-human-trial-of-night-work-and-artificial-light
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EDITORIAL
Thomas C Erren, David M Shaw, Ursula Wild, J Valérie Groß
A thought experiment places Henry Ford and Thomas Alva Edison in a modern regulatory environment. In a utopian occupational world devoid of night-shifts or artificial light, Ford wants to experiment with "working through the night". To support Ford's project, Edison offers his patented electric lamps to "turn nights into days". An ethics committee [EC] does not approve the night-work experiment and Utopia's Food and Drug Administration [FDA] does not approve the potential medical device as safe for use by humans...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326793/changes-in-habitual-sleep-duration-after-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Ryo Tachikawa, Takuma Minami, Takeshi Matsumoto, Kimihiko Murase, Kiminobu Tanizawa, Morito Inouchi, Toru Oga, Kazuo Chin
RATIONALE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can affect not only sleep quality but also sleep duration. Determining the therapeutic effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on habitual sleep profiles may shed light on the impact of OSA on sleep duration. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether and how CPAP affects habitual sleep duration in patients with OSA. METHODS: Assessments of sleep duration and sleep quality were performed on 57 newly diagnosed study subjects with OSA (46 men, median 63 years, apnea-hypopnea index >20 h-1) at baseline and 3 months after initiation of CPAP therapy...
March 22, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320839/sleep-deprivation-and-caffeine-treatment-potentiate-photic-resetting-of-the-master-circadian-clock-in-a-diurnal-rodent
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Pawan Kumar Jha, Hanan Bouâouda, Sylviane Gourmelen, Stephanie Dumont, Fanny Fuchs, Yannick Goumon, Patrice Bourgin, Andries Kalsbeek, Etienne Challet
Circadian rhythms in nocturnal and diurnal mammals are primarily synchronized to local time by the light-dark cycle. However, non-photic factors, such as behavioural arousal and metabolic cues, can also phase-shift the master clock in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) and/or reduce the synchronizing effects of light in nocturnal rodents. In diurnal rodents, the role of arousal or insufficient sleep in these functions is still poorly understood. In the present study, diurnal Sudanian grass rats, Arvicanthis ansorgei, were aroused at night by sleep deprivation (gentle handling) or caffeine treatment that both prevented sleep...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314544/comprehensive-assessments-of-long-term-sleep-habits-in-epidemiological-study-validity-and-reliability-of-sleep-factors-questionnaire-sfq-among-chinese-women
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Wan-Shui Yang, Wen-Xue Fu, Xin Wang, Qin Deng, Ling Wang, Lin-Yan Wang, Hao Zhao, Wen-Yan Fan, Shao-Xin Huang
OBJECTIVE: Epidemiological studies suggested that poor sleep is a potentially novel risk factor for several health outcomes currently; however, there are no validated questionnaires that can systematically measure sleep parameters within these studies. We evaluated the reliability and validity of 17-item sleep factors questionnaire (SFQ), which was developed to comprehensively assess long-term sleep habits for the Jiujiang Breast Cancer Study (JBCS), Jiujiang, China. METHODS: The participants included 100 women aged 18-74years, who were randomly selected from the JBCS project, and completed a SFQ at baseline and again 1year later, and 4 quarterly 30 consecutive days (a total of 120days) sleep diaries over this same year...
April 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303594/the-analysis-of-the-different-functions-of-starch-phosphorylating-enzymes-during-the-development-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-plants-discloses-an-unexpected-role-for-the-cytosolic-isoform-gwd2
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Claudia Pirone, Libero Gurrieri, Ivan Gaiba, Alessio Adamiano, Francesco Valle, Paolo Trost, Francesca Sparla
The genome of Arabidopsis thaliana encodes three glucan, water dikinases. Glucan, water dikinase 1 (GWD1; EC 2.7.9.4) and phosphoglucan, water dikinase (PWD; EC 2.7.9.5) are chloroplastic enzymes, while glucan, water dikinase 2 (GWD2) is cytosolic. Both GWDs and PWD catalyze the addition of phosphate groups to amylopectin chains at the surface of starch granules, changing its physicochemical properties. As a result, GWD1 and PWD have a positive effect on transitory starch degradation at night. Because of its cytosolic localization, GWD2 does not have the same effect...
March 17, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301599/exploring-the-role-of-locomotor-sensitization-in-the-circadian-food-entrainment-pathway
#7
Hanna Opiol, Nuria de Zavalia, Tara Delorme, Pavel Solis, Spencer Rutherford, Uri Shalev, Shimon Amir
Food entrainment is the internal mechanism whereby the phase and period of circadian clock genes comes under the control of daily scheduled food availability. Food entrainment allows the body to efficiently realign the internal timing of behavioral and physiological functions such that they anticipate food intake. Food entrainment can occur with or without caloric restriction, as seen with daily schedules of restricted feeding (RF) or restricted treat (RT) that restrict food or treat intake to a single feeding time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297706/phytoplankton-can-actively-diversify-their-migration-strategy-in-response-to-turbulent-cues
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Anupam Sengupta, Francesco Carrara, Roman Stocker
Marine phytoplankton inhabit a dynamic environment where turbulence, together with nutrient and light availability, shapes species fitness, succession and selection. Many species of phytoplankton are motile and undertake diel vertical migrations to gain access to nutrient-rich deeper layers at night and well-lit surface waters during the day. Disruption of this migratory strategy by turbulence is considered to be an important cause of the succession between motile and non-motile species when conditions turn turbulent...
March 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289227/naturally-occurring-fluorescence-in-frogs
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Carlos Taboada, Andrés E Brunetti, Federico N Pedron, Fausto Carnevale Neto, Darío A Estrin, Sara E Bari, Lucía B Chemes, Norberto Peporine Lopes, María G Lagorio, Julián Faivovich
Fluorescence, the absorption of short-wavelength electromagnetic radiation reemitted at longer wavelengths, has been suggested to play several biological roles in metazoans. This phenomenon is uncommon in tetrapods, being restricted mostly to parrots and marine turtles. We report fluorescence in amphibians, in the tree frog Hypsiboas punctatus, showing that fluorescence in living frogs is produced by a combination of lymph and glandular emission, with pigmentary cell filtering in the skin. The chemical origin of fluorescence was traced to a class of fluorescent compounds derived from dihydroisoquinolinone, here named hyloins...
March 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286126/circadian-rhythms-of-hedonic-drinking-behavior-in-mice
#10
Claire Bainier, Maria Mateo, Marie-Paule Felder-Schmittbuhl, Jorge Mendoza
In mammals, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus is the site of the main circadian clock, synchronized by the light-dark cycle, which generates behavioral rhythms like feeding, drinking and activity. Notwithstanding, the main role of the SCN clock on the control of all circadian rhythms has been questioned due to the presence of clock activity in many brain areas, including those implicated in the regulation of feeding and reward. Moreover, whether circadian rhythms of particular motivated behaviors exist is unknown...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278262/responses-of-the-picoprasinophyte-micromonas-commoda-to-light-and-ultraviolet-stress
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Marie L Cuvelier, Jian Guo, Alejandra C Ortiz, Marijke J van Baren, Muhammad Akram Tariq, Frédéric Partensky, Alexandra Z Worden
Micromonas is a unicellular marine green alga that thrives from tropical to polar ecosystems. We investigated the growth and cellular characteristics of acclimated mid-exponential phase Micromonas commoda RCC299 over multiple light levels and over the diel cycle (14:10 hour light:dark). We also exposed the light:dark acclimated M. commoda to experimental shifts from moderate to high light (HL), and to HL plus ultraviolet radiation (HL+UV), 4.5 hours into the light period. Cellular responses of this prasinophyte were quantified by flow cytometry and changes in gene expression by qPCR and RNA-seq...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276426/microrna-92a-is-a-circadian-modulator-of-neuronal-excitability-in-drosophila
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Xiao Chen, Michael Rosbash
Many biological and behavioural processes of animals are governed by an endogenous circadian clock, which is dependent on transcriptional regulation. Here we address post-transcriptional regulation and the role of miRNAs in Drosophila circadian rhythms. At least six miRNAs show cycling expression levels within the pigment dispersing factor (PDF) cell-pacemaker neurons; only mir-92a peaks during the night. In vivo calcium monitoring, dynamics of PDF projections, ArcLight, GCaMP6 imaging and sleep assays indicate that mir-92a suppresses neuronal excitability...
March 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270559/a-single-night-light-exposure-acutely-alters-hormonal-and-metabolic-responses-in-healthy-participants
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Mohammed S Albreiki, Benita Middleton, Shelagh M Hampton
Many animal studies have reported an association between melatonin suppression and the disturbance of metabolic responses; yet, few human studies have investigated bright light effects on metabolic and hormonal responses at night. This study investigated the impact of light on plasma hormones and metabolites prior to, and after, an evening meal in healthy participants. Seventeen healthy participants, 8 females (22.2 ± 2.59 years, mean ± s.d.) and 9 males (22.8 ± 3.5 years) were randomised to a two-way cross-over design protocol; dim light (DL) (<5 lux) and bright light (BL) (>500 lux) sessions, separated by at least seven days...
February 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268055/the-effect-of-cycled-lighting-in-the-intensive-care-unit-on-sleep-activity-and-physiological-parameters-a-pilot-study
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Marie Engwall, Isabell Fridh, Göran Jutengren, Ingegerd Bergbom, Anders Sterner, Berit Lindahl
Patients in intensive care suffer from severe illnesses or injuries and from symptoms related to care and treatments. Environmental factors, such as lighting at night, can disturb patients' circadian rhythms. The aim was to investigate whether patients displayed circadian rhythms and whether a cycled lighting intervention would impact it. In this pilot study (N=60), a cycled lighting intervention in a two-bed patient room was conducted. An ordinary hospital room functioned as the control. Patient activity, heart rate, mean arterial pressure and body temperature were recorded...
March 4, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254568/extra-hypothalamic-brain-clocks-in-songbirds-photoperiodic-state-dependent-clock-gene-oscillations-in-night-migratory-blackheaded-buntings-emberiza-melanocephala
#15
Devraj Singh, Vinod Kumar
The avian circadian pacemaker system is comprised of independent clocks in the retina, pineal and hypothalamus, as shown by daily and circadian oscillations of core clock genes (Per2, Cry1, Bmal1 and Clock) in several birds including migratory blackheaded buntings (Emberiza melanocephala). This study investigated the extra-hypothalamic brain circadian clocks in blackheaded buntings, and measured Per2, Cry1, Cry2, Bmal1 and Clock mRNA expressions at 4h intervals over 24h beginning 1h after light-on in the left and right telencephalon, optic tectum and cerebellum, the brain regions involved in several physiological and cognitive functions...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249588/the-difficult-medical-emergency-call-a-register-based-study-of-predictors-and-outcomes
#16
Thea Palsgaard Møller, Thora Majlund Kjærulff, Søren Viereck, Doris Østergaard, Fredrik Folke, Annette Kjær Ersbøll, Freddy K Lippert
BACKGROUND: Pre-hospital emergency care requires proper categorization of emergency calls and assessment of emergency priority levels by the medical dispatchers. We investigated predictors for emergency call categorization as "unclear problem" in contrast to "symptom-specific" categories and the effect of categorization on mortality. METHODS: Register-based study in a 2-year period based on emergency call data from the emergency medical dispatch center in Copenhagen combined with nationwide register data...
March 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245865/can-tryptophan-supplement-intake-at-breakfast-enhance-melatonin-secretion-at-night
#17
Shunsuke Nagashima, Makoto Yamashita, Chiaki Tojo, Masayuki Kondo, Takeshi Morita, Tomoko Wakamura
BACKGROUND: Tryptophan (TRP) is an essential amino acid, and it has been suggested that TRP intake at breakfast combined with daytime bright light exposure can increase nocturnal melatonin secretion. However, the mechanisms involved are not yet clear. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of TRP supplement intake at breakfast on nocturnal melatonin secretion under different daytime light intensities in humans. METHOD: Twelve subjects (aged 21.3 ± 3...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244152/glycogen-synthase-kinase-3-regulates-photic-signaling-in-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
#18
Jodi R Paul, Alex S McKeown, Jennifer A Davis, Stacie K Totsch, Eric M Mintz, Timothy W Kraft, Rita M Cowell, Karen L Gamble
Glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) is a serine-threonine kinase that regulates mammalian circadian rhythms at the behavioral, molecular and neurophysiological levels. In the central circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), inhibitory phosphorylation of GSK3 exhibits a rhythm across the 24h day. We have recently shown that GSK3 is capable of influencing both the molecular clock and SCN neuronal activity rhythms. However, it is not known whether GSK3 regulates the response to environmental cues such as light...
February 28, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244020/air-travel-circadian-rhythms-hormones-and-autoimmunity
#19
REVIEW
J Torres-Ruiz, A Sulli, M Cutolo, Y Shoenfeld
Biological rhythms are fundamental for homeostasis and have recently been involved in the regulatory processes of various organs and systems. Circadian cycle proteins and hormones have a direct effect on the inflammatory response and have shown pro- or anti-inflammatory effects in animal models of autoimmune diseases. The cells of the immune system have their own circadian rhythm, and the light-dark cycle directly influences the inflammatory response. On the other hand, patients with autoimmune diseases characteristically have sleep disorders and fatigue, and in certain disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a frank periodicity in the signs and symptoms is recognized...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229310/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-non-24-h-sleep-wake-disorder-in-the-blind
#20
REVIEW
Jonathan S Emens, Charmane I Eastman
Non-24-h sleep-wake disorder (non-24) is a circadian rhythm disorder occurring in 55-70% of totally blind individuals (those lacking conscious light perception) in which the 24-h biological clock (central, hypothalamic, circadian pacemaker) is no longer synchronized, or entrained, to the 24-h day. Instead, the overt rhythms controlled by the biological clock gradually shift progressively earlier or later (free run) in accordance with the clock's near-24-h period, resulting in a recurrent pattern of daytime hypersomnolence and night-time insomnia...
February 22, 2017: Drugs
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