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Sleep homeostasis

Camilla T Damsgaard, Lotte Lauritzen, Hanne Hauger, Stine Vuholm, Marie N Teisen, Christian Ritz, Max Hansen, Janni Niclasen, Christian Mølgaard
BACKGROUND: Most children in Western populations do not meet recommendations for fish consumption. Oily fish is an important source of n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA), which reduce blood pressure and plasma triacylglycerol in adults and may affect cognitive development and behavior. However, to our knowledge, the potential effects of oily fish on cardiometabolic health, cognitive function, and behavior in children have not been investigated. The aim of the FiSK Junior study is to investigate the effects of oily fish consumption on cardiovascular risk markers, cognitive function, and behavior in healthy children...
October 21, 2016: Trials
Riccardo Dore, Luka Levata, Hendrik Lehnert, Carla Schulz
Nesfatin-1 was identified in 2006 as a potent anorexigenic peptide involved in the regulation of homeostatic feeding. It is processed from the precursor-peptide NEFA/nucleobindin 2 (NUCB2) which is expressed both in the central nervous system as well as in the periphery, from where it can access the brain via non-saturable transmembrane diffusion. In hypothalamus and brainstem, nesfatin-1 recruits the oxytocin-, the melancortin- and other systems to relay its anorexigenic properties. NUCB2/nesfatin-1 peptide expression in reward-related areas suggests that nesfatin-1 might also be involved in hedonic feeding...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Eric Murillo-Rodríguez, Sergio Machado, Nuno Barbosa Rocha, Henning Budde, Ti-Fei Yuan, Oscar Arias-Carrión
The endocannabinoid system comprises receptors (CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors), enzymes (Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase [FAAH], which synthesizes the endocannabinoid anandamide), as well as the anandamide membrane transporter (AMT). Importantly, previous experiments have demonstrated that the endocannabinoid system modulates multiple neurobiological functions, including sleep. For instance, SR141716A (the CB1 cannabinoid receptor antagonist) as well as URB597 (the FAAH inhibitor) increase waking in rats whereas VDM-11 (the blocker of the AMT) enhances sleep in rodents...
October 13, 2016: Neuroscience
Xiaowen Xu, Liang Wang, Yan Zhang, Tianjiao Su, Liying Chen, Yan Zhang, Weifeng Ma, Yuanyuan Xie, Tiantian Wang, Fan Yang, Li He, Wenjiao Wang, Xuemei Fu, Hongxia Hao, Yuanzheng Ma
Epidemiological studies have shown that chronic sleep disturbances resulted in metabolic disorders. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between chronic sleep deprivation (CSD) and the glucose homeostasis in rats. Twenty-four rats were randomly divided into CSD group and control (CON) group. The CSD rats were intervened by a modified multiple platform method (MMPM) to establish an animal model of chronic sleep disturbances. After 3-month intervention, all rats were subjected to an intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT) and an insulin tolerance test (ITT), and the body weight, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), creatinine, lipid profile group, and homeostasis model assessment-IR (HOMA-IR) were measured...
2016: Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Lonnele J Ball, Oxana Palesh, Lance J Kriegsfeld
Most physiological processes in the brain and body exhibit daily (circadian) rhythms coordinated by an endogenous master clock located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus that are essential for normal health and functioning. Exposure to sunlight during the day and darkness at night optimally entrains biological rhythms to promote homeostasis and human health. Unfortunately, a major consequence of the modern lifestyle is increased exposure to sun-free environments during the day and artificial lighting at night...
October 2016: Endocrine Reviews
Behrouz Rasaei, Ruzita Abd Talib, Mohd Ismail Noor, Majid Karandish, Norimah A Karim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Sleep deprivation and coffee caffeine consumption have been shown to affect glucose homeostasis separately, but the combined effects of these two variables are unknown. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Forty-two healthy Iranian men, aged 20-40 years old, were assigned to three groups in a randomised crossover trial involving three treatments with two-week washout periods. Subjects were moderate coffee consumers (<=3 cups/day), and had a Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index <=5...
December 2016: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Luciano Pirone, Giovanni Smaldone, Carla Esposito, Nicole Balasco, Maxim V Petoukhov, Alessandro Spilotros, Dmitri I Svergun, Sonia Di Gaetano, Luigi Vitagliano, Emilia Maria Pedone
The insomniac protein of Drosophila melanogaster (INC) has a crucial role in sleep homeostasis as flies lacking the inc gene exhibit strikingly reduced and poorly consolidated sleep. Nevertheless, in vitro characterizations of INC biophysical properties and partnerships have not been yet reported. Here we report the heterologous expression of the protein and its characterization using a number of different techniques. Present data indicate that INC is endowed with a remarkable stability, which results from the cooperation of the two protein domains...
September 24, 2016: Biochimie
Esther S Kim, James E Frampton
Calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate foam (Enstilar(®)) is a once-daily synthetic vitamin D3 analogue and synthetic corticosteroid fixed-dose combination foam formulation that is indicated for the topical treatment of plaque psoriasis in adults. In randomized, multicentre trials, treatment with calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate foam for 4 weeks resulted in greater proportions of patients achieving treatment success [of the body (i.e. trunk and/or limbs), as assessed by a physician] compared with 4 weeks' treatment with the foam vehicle, individual components as foam, or calcipotriol/betamethasone dipropionate fixed-dose combination as an ointment, or 8 weeks' treatment with the fixed-dose combination as a topical suspension...
October 2016: Drugs
Martin Grosshans, Christian Vollmert, Sabine Vollstaedt-Klein, Ingo Nolte, Emanuel Schwarz, Xenija Wagner, Markus Leweke, Jochen Mutschler, Falk Kiefer, Jan Malte Bumb
BACKGROUND: In obese individuals impaired sleep and neuroendocrine alterations such as melatonin deficits are associated with circadian rhythm disruption, altered circadian clock gene expression, and bright light at night. While the relation of pineal gland volume (PGV) and melatonin levels has recently been documented in humans, surprisingly little is known about the possible interference of the PGV and the pathophysiology of obesity in humans. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We therefore compared the PGV of obese with non-obese individuals; both groups were matched by age and gender...
September 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
Eric Murillo-Rodríguez, Khalil Guzmán, Gloria Arankowsky-Sandoval, Mireille Salas-Crisóstomo, Ramsés Jiménez-Moreno, Oscar Arias-Carrión
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα) is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily that has been suggested as a modulator of several physiological functions. The PPARα recognizes as an endogenous ligand the anorexic lipid mediator oleoylethanolamide (OEA) which displays wake-inducing properties. Despite that recent evidence indicates that activation of PPARα by synthetic agonists such as Wy14643 enhances waking as well as the extracellular contents of wake-related neurotransmitters, the role of PPARα in sleep recovery after prolonged waking has not been fully described...
September 16, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Olena Santangeli, Henna Lehtikuja, Eeva Palomäki, Henna-Kaisa Wigren, Tiina Paunio, Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Adverse early-life events induce behavioral psychopathologies and sleep changes in adulthood. In order to understand the molecular level mechanisms by which the maltreatment modifies sleep, valid animal models are needed. Changing pups between mothers at early age (cross-fostering) may satisfyingly model adverse events in human childhood. METHODS: Cross-fostering (CF) was used to model mild early-life stress in male and female Wistar rats. Behavior and BDNF gene expression in the basal forebrain (BF), cortex, and hypothalamus were assessed during adolescence and adulthood...
September 9, 2016: Sleep
Olga Roche, María Laura Deguiz, María Tiana, Clara Galiana-Ribote, Daniel Martinez-Alcazar, Carlos Rey-Serra, Beatriz Ranz-Ribeiro, Raquel Casitas, Raúl Galera, Isabel Fernández-Navarro, Silvia Sánchez-Cuéllar, Virginie Bernard, Julio Ancochea, Wyeth W Wasserman, Francisco García-Rio, Benilde Jimenez, Luis Del Peso
A wide range of diseases course with an unbalance between the consumption of oxygen by tissues and its supply. This situation triggers a transcriptional response, mediated by the hypoxia inducible factors (HIFs), that aims to restore oxygen homeostasis. Little is known about the inter-individual variation in this response and its role in the progression of disease. Herein, we sought to identify common genetic variants mapping to hypoxia response elements (HREs) and characterize their effect on transcription...
September 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Fatih Gul, Togay Muderris, Gokhan Yalciner, Halil Ibrahim Mise, Yagmur Canan, Mehmet Ali Babademez, Ozcan Erel
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the role of adenotonsillar hypertrophy and the outcomes of adenotonsillectomy (AT) on oxidative stress for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children using a new method; thiol/disulfide homeostasis. METHODS: The study is consisted of 45 children with OSA and 38 healthy control subjects with similar age and sex. Children 3-12 years of age with OSA, defined as having an apnea/hypopnea index (AHI) of 5 or more in an overnight polysomnography, underwent adenotonsillectomy...
October 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Dorit Koren, Magdalena Dumin, David Gozal
Emerging evidence has assigned an important role to sleep as a modulator of metabolic homeostasis. The impact of variations in sleep duration, sleep-disordered breathing, and chronotype to cardiometabolic function encompasses a wide array of perturbations spanning from obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease risk and mortality in both adults and children. Here, we critically and extensively review the published literature on such important issues and provide a comprehensive overview of the most salient pathophysiologic pathways underlying the links between sleep, sleep disorders, and cardiometabolic functioning...
2016: Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy
Heli Savolainen, Peter Meerlo, Philip H Elsinga, Albert D Windhorst, Rudi A J O Dierckx, Nicola A Colabufo, Aren van Waarde, Gert Luurtsema
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) contributes to brain homeostasis by protecting the brain from harmful compounds. P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is one of the major efflux transporters at the BBB. In the present study, we assessed whether (1) P-gp function in the brain is constant or fluctuates across the day and (2) if it is affected by sleep deprivation. Four groups of rats were PET scanned with a radiolabeled P-gp substrate [(18)F]MC225, each at a different moment of the 12-h light-dark cycle to study diurnal variations: early sleep phase (ZT3), late sleep phase (ZT9), early active phase (ZT15), and late active phase (ZT21)...
September 6, 2016: AAPS Journal
K V S Hari Kumar
Sleep is one of the essential biorhythms of the body that helps in optimum restoration of many body functions. The sleep-wake cycle is determined by the circadian centre and is responsible for the anabolic functions in the body. Infants require about 14 to 18 hours of sleep per day, which reduces gradually to about 8 hours in adults. Urbanization and evolutionary changes have altered the sleep hygiene and shortened the sleep duration. This lead to various sleep disorders like sleep disordered breathing, insomnia and narcolepsy...
September 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Claudia C Aguirre
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize recent advances in our understanding of the impact sleep disturbances have on our health, with particular focus on the brain. The present review considers the influence of sleep disturbance on the neurovascular unit; the role of sleep disturbance in neurodegenerative diseases; and relevant strategies of neuro-immuno-endocrine interactions that likely contribute to the restorative power of sleep. Given the latest discoveries about the brain's waste clearance system and its relationship to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease, this review gives a brief overview on the molecular mechanisms behind sleep loss-related impairments...
November 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
K V S Hari Kumar
Sleep is one of the essential biorhythms of the body that helps in optimum restoration of many body functions. The sleep-wake cycle is determined by the circadian centre and is responsible for the anabolic functions in the body. Infants require about 14 to 18 hours of sleep per day, which reduces gradually to about 8 hours in adults. Urbanization and evolutionary changes have altered the sleep hygiene and shortened the sleep duration. This lead to various sleep disorders like sleep disordered breathing, insomnia and narcolepsy...
September 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Anne-Loes Opperhuizen, Dawei Wang, Ewout Foppen, Remi Jansen, Olga Boudzovitch-Surovtseva, Janneke de Vries, Eric Fliers, Andries Kalsbeek
Shiftworkers run an increased risk of developing metabolic disorders, presumably as a result of disturbed circadian physiology. Eating at a time-of-day that is normally dedicated to resting and fasting, may contribute to this association. The hypothalamus is the key brain area that integrates different inputs, including environmental time information from the central biological clock in the suprachiasmatic nuclei, with peripheral information on energy status to maintain energy homeostasis. The orexin system within the lateral hypothalamus is an important output of the suprachiasmatic nuclei involved in the control of sleep/wake behavior and glucose homeostasis, among other functions...
August 26, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
J L Hill, N F Hardy, D V Jimenez, K R Maynard, A S Kardian, C J Pollock, R J Schloesser, K Martinowich
Posttraumatic stress disorder is characterized by hyperarousal, sensory processing impairments, sleep disturbances and altered fear regulation; phenotypes associated with changes in brain oscillatory activity. Molecules associated with activity-dependent plasticity, including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), may regulate neural oscillations by controlling synaptic activity. BDNF synthesis includes production of multiple Bdnf transcripts, which contain distinct 5' noncoding exons. We assessed arousal, sensory processing, fear regulation and sleep in animals where BDNF expression from activity-dependent promoter IV is disrupted (Bdnf-e4 mice)...
2016: Translational Psychiatry
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