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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637032/investigation-of-an-immediate-effect-of-bright-light-on-oxygen-consumption-heart-rate-cortisol-and-%C3%AE-amylase-in-seasonal-affective-disorder-subjects-and-healthy-controls
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Iana A Ivanova, Konstantin V Danilenko, Lyubomir I Aftanas
BACKGROUND: Body (fat) mass has been shown to decrease following bright light treatment for overweight women, irrespective of their seasonal (light) dependence. It is not known if this is due to an (immediate) increase of metabolism. METHODS: Ten women with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and 10 non-SAD women matched by age, body mass index, and menopausal status participated in a laboratory study in the morning, twice within 1-5 days. During one session, bright light (4,300 lx) was presented for 30 min, and during the other session, red light (250 lx "placebo") was used...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
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
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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/28633582/dopamine-and-light-effects-on-facial-emotion-recognition
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Elizabeth Cawley, Maria Tippler, Nicholas J Coupland, Chawki Benkelfat, Diane B Boivin, Marije Aan Het Rot, Marco Leyton
Bright light can affect mood states and social behaviours. Here, we tested potential interacting effects of light and dopamine on facial emotion recognition. Participants were 32 women with subsyndromal seasonal affective disorder tested in either a bright (3000 lux) or dim light (10 lux) environment. Each participant completed two test days, one following the ingestion of a phenylalanine/tyrosine-deficient mixture and one with a nutritionally balanced control mixture, both administered double blind in a randomised order...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624918/randomized-controlled-trial-of-the-effect-of-environment-on-patient-embarrassment-and-anxiety-with-urodynamics
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Azadeh Rezvan, Stephanie Amaya, Lance Betson, Tajnoos Yazdany
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: In previous survey studies, women undergoing urodynamic testing (UDT) have reported bother and embarrassment and have provided suggestions for improving the experience. The suggestions include audio distraction and increased privacy, neither of which have been prospectively examined. We report a prospective randomized controlled trial to evaluate the hypothesis that an improved ambience can decrease UDT-related embarrassment and anxiety. METHODS: A total of 60 participants were recruited to achieve an 80% power to detect a conservative 20-point difference with a significance level of 0...
June 17, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617488/potential-use-of-the-pri-and-active-fluorescence-for-the-diagnosis-of-the-physiological-state-of-plants-under-ozone-exposure-and-high-atmospheric-vapor-pressure-deficit
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Elodie Merlier, Gabriel Hmimina, Matthieu Bagard, Eric Dufrêne, Kamel Soudani
Assessing photosynthesis rates with remote sensing is important for tracking the physiological state of plants. The photochemical reflectance index (PRI) is a good estimator of short-term light-use efficiency (LUE) at the leaf scale but its responses to environmental factors are poorly understood. In this study, we assessed changes in the responses of the PRI to ozone exposure and to an increase in atmospheric drought (separately and combined) in oak (Quercus robur) and holm oak (Quercus ilex) that were planted in climatic cells under controlled conditions...
June 15, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611803/shading-contributes-to-the-reduction-of-stem-mechanical-strength-by-decreasing-cell-wall-synthesis-in-japonica-rice-oryza-sativa-l
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Longmei Wu, Wujun Zhang, Yanfeng Ding, Jianwei Zhang, Elidio D Cambula, Fei Weng, Zhenghui Liu, Chengqiang Ding, She Tang, Lin Chen, Shaohua Wang, Ganghua Li
Low solar radiation caused by industrial development and solar dimming has become a limitation in crop production in China. It is widely accepted that low solar radiation influences many aspects of plant development, including slender, weak stems and susceptibility to lodging. However, the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. To clarify how low solar radiation affects stem mechanical strength formation and lodging resistance, the japonica rice cultivars Wuyunjing23 (lodging-resistant) and W3668 (lodging-susceptible) were grown under field conditions with normal light (Control) and shading (the incident light was reduced by 60%) with a black nylon net...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607474/irregular-sleep-wake-patterns-are-associated-with-poorer-academic-performance-and-delayed-circadian-and-sleep-wake-timing
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Andrew J K Phillips, William M Clerx, Conor S O'Brien, Akane Sano, Laura K Barger, Rosalind W Picard, Steven W Lockley, Elizabeth B Klerman, Charles A Czeisler
The association of irregular sleep schedules with circadian timing and academic performance has not been systematically examined. We studied 61 undergraduates for 30 days using sleep diaries, and quantified sleep regularity using a novel metric, the sleep regularity index (SRI). In the most and least regular quintiles, circadian phase and light exposure were assessed using salivary dim-light melatonin onset (DLMO) and wrist-worn photometry, respectively. DLMO occurred later (00:08 ± 1:54 vs. 21:32 ± 1:48; p < 0...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603481/effects-of-dim-light-at-night-on-food-intake-and-body-mass-in-developing-mice
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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/28602520/decreased-visual-function-scores-on-a-low-luminance-questionnaire-is-associated-with-impaired-dark-adaptation
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Mohammad Yazdanie, Jason Alvarez, Elvira Agrón, Wai T Wong, Henry E Wiley, Frederick L Ferris, Emily Y Chew, Catherine Cukras
PURPOSE: We investigate whether responses on a Low Luminance Questionnaire (LLQ) in patients with a range of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) severity are associated with their performance on focal dark adaptation (DA) testing and with choroidal thickness. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, single-center, observational study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 113 participants older than 50 years of age with a range of AMD severity. METHODS: Participants answered the LLQ on the same day they underwent DA testing using a focal dark adaptometer measuring rod intercept time (RIT)...
June 8, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595408/probing-the-remarkable-thermal-kinetics-of-visual-rhodopsin-with-e181q-and-s186a-mutants
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Ying Guo, Heidi P Hendrickson, Pablo E Videla, Ya-Na Chen, Junming Ho, Sivakumar Sekharan, Victor S Batista, John C Tully, Elsa C Y Yan
We recently reported a very unusual temperature dependence of the rate of thermal reaction of wild type bovine rhodopsin: the Arrhenius plot exhibits a sharp "elbow" at 47 °C and, in the upper temperature range, an unexpectedly large activation energy (114 ± 8 kcal/mol) and an enormous prefactor (10(72±5) s(-1)). In this report, we present new measurements and a theoretical model that establish convincingly that this behavior results from a collective, entropy-driven breakup of the rigid hydrogen bonding networks (HBNs) that hinder the reaction at lower temperatures...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578737/effects-of-light-emitting-diode-light-v-fluorescent-light-on-growing-performance-activity-levels-and-well-being-of-non-beak-trimmed-w-36-pullets
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K Liu, H Xin, P Settar
More energy-efficient, readily dimmable, long-lasting and more affordable light-emitting diode (LED) lights are increasingly finding applications in poultry production facilities. Despite anecdotal evidence about the benefits of such lighting on bird performance and behavior, concrete research data were lacking. In this study, a commercial poultry-specific LED light (dim-to-blue, controllable correlated color temperature (CCT) from 4500 to 5300 K) and a typical compact fluorescent light (CFL) (soft white, CCT=2700 K) were compared with regards to their effects on growing performance, activity levels, and feather and comb conditions of non-beak-trimmed W-36 pullets during a 14-week rearing period...
June 5, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574915/effect-of-sitting-pause-times-on-balance-after-supine-to-standing-transfer-in-dim-light
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Eric G Johnson, Abdulaziz A Albalwi, Fuad M Al-Dabbak, Noha S Daher
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The risk of falling for older adults increases in dimly lit environments. Longer sitting pause times, before getting out of bed and standing during the night, may improve postural stability. The purpose of this study was to measure the effect of sitting pause times on postural sway velocity immediately after a supine to standing transfer in a dimly lit room in older adult women. METHODS: Eighteen healthy women aged 65 to 75 years who were able to independently perform supine to standing transfers participated in the study...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569119/skin-temperature-rhythms-in-humans-respond-to-changes-in-the-timing-of-sleep-and-light
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Marc Cuesta, Philippe Boudreau, Nicolas Cermakian, Diane B Boivin
Body temperature is known to vary with circadian phase and to be influenced by factors that can mask its circadian expression. We wanted to test whether skin temperature rhythms were sensitive to an abrupt shift of the sleep schedule and to the resetting effects of light. Nineteen healthy subjects spent 6 days in time isolation and underwent a simulated night-shift procedure. They were assigned to either a control group ( n = 10) or bright light group ( n = 9) and measurements were taken under a baseline day-oriented schedule and during the 4(th) cycle of a night-oriented schedule...
June 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559309/mir-183-96-plays-a-pivotal-regulatory-role-in-mouse-photoreceptor-maturation-and-maintenance
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Lue Xiang, Xue-Jiao Chen, Kun-Chao Wu, Chang-Jun Zhang, Gao-Hui Zhou, Ji-Neng Lv, Lan-Fang Sun, Fei-Fei Cheng, Xue-Bi Cai, Zi-Bing Jin
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are known to be essential for retinal maturation and functionality; however, the role of the most abundant miRNAs, the miR-183/96/182 cluster (miR-183 cluster), in photoreceptor cells remains unclear. Here we demonstrate that ablation of two components of the miR-183 cluster, miR-183 and miR-96, significantly affects photoreceptor maturation and maintenance in mice. Morphologically, early-onset dislocated cone nuclei, shortened outer segments and thinned outer nuclear layers are observed in the miR-183/96 double-knockout (DKO) mice...
May 30, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529525/melatonin-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-analysis-using-modern-mathematical-modeling-methods
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Justyna Paprocka, Marek Kijonka, Łukasz Boguszewicz, Maria Sokół
Purpose. The aim of the study was to assess melatonin secretion pattern in children with TSC and to compare it with the secretion patterns in children with and without epilepsy. Material and Methods. Melatonin secretion was measured every three hours using the RIA method in four children with recognized TSC. The parameters of the melatonin secretion models were interpreted and compared with those obtained for the patients with epilepsy (n = 76) and the children from the control, nonepileptic group (n = 36)...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526480/human-seasonal-and-circadian-studies-in-antarctica-halley-75-0-s
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Josephine Arendt, Benita Middleton
Living for extended periods in Antarctica exposes base personnel to extremes of daylength (photoperiod) and temperature. At the British Antarctic Survey base of Halley, 75(0)S, the sun does not rise for 110 d in the winter and does not set for 100 d in summer. Photoperiod is the major time cue governing the timing of seasonal events such as reproduction in many species. The neuroendocrine signal providing photoperiodic information to body physiology is the duration of melatonin secretion which reflects the length of the night: longer in the short days of winter and shorter in summer...
May 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522084/circadian-phase-dynamics-of-subjective-sleepiness-and-sensitivity-to-blue-light-in-young-adults-complaining-of-a-delayed-sleep-schedule
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Christophe Moderie, Solenne Van der Maren, Marie Dumont
OBJECTIVE: To assess factors that might contribute to a delayed sleep schedule in young adults with sub-clinical features of delayed sleep phase disorder. METHODS: Two groups of 14 young adults (eight women) were compared: one group complaining of a delayed sleep schedule and a control group with an earlier bedtime and no complaint. For one week, each subject maintained a target bedtime reflecting their habitual sleep schedule. Subjects were then admitted to the laboratory for the assessment of circadian phase (dim light melatonin onset), subjective sleepiness, and non-visual light sensitivity...
June 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500770/the-role-of-melatonin-in-the-neurodevelopmental-etiology-of-schizophrenia-a-study-in-human-olfactory-neuronal-precursors
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Tania Galván-Arrieta, Citlali Trueta, Montserrat G Cercós, Marcela Valdés-Tovar, Salvador Alarcón, Julian Oikawa, Horacio Zamudio-Meza, Gloria Benítez-King
Dim light exposure of the mother during pregnancy has been proposed as one of the environmental factors that affect the fetal brain development in schizophrenia. Melatonin circulating levels are regulated by the environmental light/dark cycle. This hormone stimulates neuronal differentiation in the adult brain. However, little is known about its role in the fetal human brain development. Olfactory neuronal precursors (ONPs) are useful for studying the physiopathology of neuropsychiatric diseases because they mimic all the stages of neurodevelopment in culture...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499591/chronic-exposure-to-dim-artificial-light-at-night-decreases-fecundity-and-adult-survival-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#19
L K McLay, M P Green, T M Jones
The presence of artificial light at night is expanding in geographical range and increasing in intensity to such an extent that species living in urban environments may never experience natural darkness. The negative ecological consequences of artificial night lighting have been identified in several key life history traits across multiple taxa (albeit with a strong vertebrate focus); comparable data for invertebrates is lacking. In this study, we explored the effect of chronic exposure to different night-time lighting intensities on growth, reproduction and survival in Drosophila melanogaster...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489826/a-rhodopsin-in-the-brain-functions-in-circadian-photoentrainment-in-drosophila
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Jinfei D Ni, Lisa S Baik, Todd C Holmes, Craig Montell
Animals partition their daily activity rhythms through their internal circadian clocks, which are synchronized by oscillating day-night cycles of light. The fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster senses day-night cycles in part through rhodopsin-dependent light reception in the compound eye and photoreceptor cells in the Hofbauer-Buchner eyelet. A more noteworthy light entrainment pathway is mediated by central pacemaker neurons in the brain. The Drosophila circadian clock is extremely sensitive to light. However, the only known light sensor in pacemaker neurons, the flavoprotein cryptochrome (Cry), responds only to high levels of light in vitro...
May 18, 2017: Nature
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