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Type: Journal article
Title: Functional central rhythmicity and light entrainment, but not liver and muscle rhythmicity, are Clock independent
Author: Kennaway, D.
Owens, J.
Voultsios, A.
Varcoe, T.
Citation: American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 2006; 291(4):R1172-R1180
Publisher: Amer Physiological Soc
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0363-6119
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David J. Kennaway, Julie A. Owens, Athena Voultsios and Tamara J. Varcoe
Abstract: The circadian rhythmicity of hormone secretion, body temperature, and sleep/wakefulness results from an endogenous rhythm of neural activity generated by clock genes in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). One of these genes, Clock, has been considered essential for the generation of cellular rhythmicity centrally and in the periphery; however, melatonin-proficient Clock19 + MEL mutant mice retain melatonin rhythmicity, suggesting that their central rhythmicity is intact. Here we show that melatonin production in these mutants was rhythmic in constant darkness and could be entrained by brief single daily light pulses. Under normal light-dark conditions, per2 and prokineticin2 (PK2) mRNA expression was rhythmic in the SCN of Clock19 + MEL mice. Expression of Bmal1 and npas2 was not altered, whereas per1 expression was arrhythmic. In contrast to the SCN, per1 and per2 expression, as well as Bmal1 expression in liver and skeletal muscle, together with plasma corticosterone, was arrhythmic in Clock19 + MEL mutant mice in normal light-dark conditions. npas2 mRNA was also arrhythmic in liver but rhythmic in muscle. The Clock19 mutation does not abolish central rhythmicity and light entrainment, suggesting that a functional Clock homolog, possibly npas2, exists in the SCN. Nevertheless, the SCN of Clock19 + MEL mutant mice cannot maintain liver and muscle rhythmicity through rhythmic outputs, including melatonin secretion, in the absence of functional Clock expression in the tissues. Therefore, liver and muscle, but not SCN, have an absolute requirement for CLOCK, with as yet unknown Clock-independent factors able to generate the latter.
Keywords: Circadian; melatonin; clock genes
Rights: Copyright © 2006 by the American Physiological Society.
RMID: 0020061296
DOI: 10.1152/ajpregu.00223.2006
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