Behavioral and neurochemical sources of variability of circadian period and phase: studies of circadian rhythms of npy-/- mice

Harrington, Mary and Molyneux, Penny and Soscia, Stephanie and Prabakar, Cheruba and McKinley-Brewer, Judy and Lall, Gurprit S. (2007) Behavioral and neurochemical sources of variability of circadian period and phase: studies of circadian rhythms of npy-/- mice. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiologyl, 292 (3). R1306-R1314. ISSN 0363-6119. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The cycle length or period of the free-running rhythm is a key characteristic of circadian rhythms. In this study we verify prior reports that locomotor activity patterns and running wheel access can alter the circadian period, and we report that these treatments also increase variability of the circadian period between animals. We demonstrate that the loss of a neurochemical, neuropeptide Y (NPY), abolishes these influences and reduces the interindividual variability in clock period. These behavioral and environmental influences, from daily distribution of peak locomotor activity and from access to a running wheel, both act to push the mean circadian period to a value < 24 h. Magnitude of light-induced resetting is altered as well. When photoperiod was abruptly changed from a 18:6-h light-dark cycle (LD18:6) to LD6:18, mice deficient in NPY were slower to respond to the change in photoperiod by redistribution of their activity within the prolonged dark and eventually adopted a delayed phase angle of entrainment compared with controls. These results support the hypothesis that nonphotic influences on circadian period serve a useful function when animals must respond to abruptly changing photoperiods and point to the NPYergic pathway from the intergeniculate leaflet innervating the suprachiasmatic nucleus as a circuit mediating these effects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: suprachiasmatic nuclei; nonphotic cue
Subjects: Q Science
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Q Science > QP Physiology (Living systems)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Gurprit Lall
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2008 11:29
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 15:26
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