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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/28087932/the-complexity-of-fungal-vision
#2
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/28072861/identification-of-the-molecular-clockwork-of-the-oyster-crassostrea-gigas
#3
Mickael Perrigault, Damien Tran
Molecular clock system constitutes the origin of biological rhythms that allow organisms to anticipate cyclic environmental changes and adapt their behavior and physiology. Components of the molecular clock are largely conserved across a broad range of species but appreciable diversity in clock structure and function is also present especially in invertebrates. The present work aimed at identify and characterize molecular clockwork components in relationship with the monitoring of valve activity behavior in the oyster Crassostrea gigas...
2017: PloS One
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/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/28056862/association-between-telomere-length-and-the-risk-of-colorectal-cancer-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
#6
Cho Naing, Kyan Aung, Pei Kuan Lai, Joon Wah Mak
BACKGROUND: Human chromosomes are capped and stabilized by telomeres. Telomere length regulates a 'cellular mitotic clock' that defines the number of cell divisions and hence, cellular life span. This study aimed to synthesize the evidence on the association between peripheral blood leucocytes (PBL) telomere length and the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: We searched relevant studies in electronic databases. When two or more observational studies reported the same outcome measures, we performed pooled analysis...
January 5, 2017: BMC Cancer
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/28046301/su-f-t-670-from-the-or-to-the-radiobiology-lab-the-journey-of-a-small-x-ray-source
#9
J Lehmann, M Barry, R Jones, M Fay
PURPOSE: Irradiation of small animal tumor models within laboratories is vital to radiobiological experiments. Often the animals are not able to be brought back into the lab after being taken out for irradiation. Cell biology laboratories benefit from irradiation capability available around the clock without regard to patient load in an associated radiotherapy clinic. Commercial systems are available, but bulky and expensive. METHODS: An intraoperative kV irradiation system (IntraBeam™) designed to deliver spherical dose distributions to surgical cavities has been repurposed for the irradiation of cell plates and small laboratory animals...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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/28031787/lac-1-and-lag-1-with-ras-1-affect-aging-and-the-biological-clock-in-neurospora-crassa
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John K Brunson, James Griffith, Daneisha Bowles, Mary E Case, Jonathan Arnold
Using an automated cell counting technique developed previously (Case et al., Ecology and Evolution 2014; 4: 3494), we explore the lifespan effects of lac-1, a ceramide synthase gene paralogous to lag-1 in Neurospora crassa in conjunction with the band bd (ras-1) gene. We find that the replicative lifespan of a lac-1(KO)bd double mutants is short, about one race tube cycle, and this double mutant lacks a strong ~21-hr clock cycle as shown by race tube and fluorometer analysis of fluorescent strains including lac-1(KO) ...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
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
#15
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/27997028/differential-sensitivity-to-ethanol-induced-circadian-rhythm-disruption-in-adolescent-and-adult-mice
#16
Christina L Ruby, Kaitlyn N Palmer, Jiawen Zhang, Megan O Risinger, Melissa A Butkowski, H Scott Swartzwelder
BACKGROUND: Growing evidence supports a central role for the circadian system in alcohol use disorders, but few studies have examined this relationship during adolescence. In mammals, circadian rhythms are regulated by the suprachiasmatic nucleus, a biological clock whose timing is synchronized (reset) to the environment primarily by light (photic) input. Alcohol (ethanol [EtOH]) disrupts circadian timing in part by attenuating photic phase-resetting responses in adult rodents. However, circadian rhythms change throughout life and it is not yet known whether EtOH has similar effects on circadian regulation during adolescence...
January 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992853/clock-gene-variants-associated-with-the-discrepancy-between-subjective-and-objective-severity-in-bipolar-depression
#17
Masahiro Suzuki, Sara Dallaspezia, Clara Locatelli, Cristina Lorenzi, Makoto Uchiyama, Cristina Colombo, Francesco Benedetti
BACKGROUND: The discrepancy between subjective and objective severity of depressive syndromes has been proposed as a predictor of treatment outcome and suicidal risk in depression, and is associated with depressive cognitive distortions. A recent study reported that evening-type depressed patients showed higher depressive cognitions than morning-type patients. Therefore, it can be hypothesized that genetic factors affecting evening preference, such as carrying of the CLOCK rs1801260*C allele, may influence the discrepancy...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991798/comfortably-numb-and-back-plasma-metabolomics-reveals-biochemical-adaptations-in-the-hibernating-13-lined-ground-squirrel
#18
Angelo D'Alessandro, Travis Nemkov, Lori K Bogren, Sandra L Martin, Kirk C Hansen
Hibernation is an evolutionary adaptation that affords some mammals the ability to exploit the cold to achieve extreme metabolic depression (torpor) while avoiding ischemia/reperfusion or hemorrhagic shock injuries. Hibernators cycle periodically out of torpor, restoring high metabolic activity. If understood at the molecular level, the adaptations underlying torpor-arousal cycles may be leveraged for translational applications in critical fields such as intensive care medicine. Here, we monitored 266 metabolites to investigate the metabolic adaptations to hibernation in plasma from 13-lined ground squirrels (57 animals, 9 time points)...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981181/stress-potentiates-decision-biases-a-stress-induced-deliberation-to-intuition-sidi-model
#19
REVIEW
Rongjun Yu
Humans often make decisions in stressful situations, for example when the stakes are high and the potential consequences severe, or when the clock is ticking and the task demand is overwhelming. In response, a whole train of biological responses to stress has evolved to allow organisms to make a fight-or-flight response. When under stress, fast and effortless heuristics may dominate over slow and demanding deliberation in making decisions under uncertainty. Here, I review evidence from behavioral studies and neuroimaging research on decision making under stress and propose that stress elicits a switch from an analytic reasoning system to intuitive processes, and predict that this switch is associated with diminished activity in the prefrontal executive control regions and exaggerated activity in subcortical reactive emotion brain areas...
June 2016: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27975357/-light-and-medicine
#20
Björn Lemmer
There would be no life without light. The rotation of the earth around its axis has introduced the development of biological clocks in all living subjects regulating all functions of the body. The rhythms best described are the 24-hour/circadian and the seasonal rhythms. The rhythmic composition around the body clock has great impact on health and disease, both in diagnostics and treatment. Nowadays, bright light, e.g. in seasonal affective disorder, can be regarded as a drug, being even more effective than selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors...
December 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
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