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Endothelin modulates the circadian expression of non-visual opsins.
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PMID:  24816266     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The non-visual opsin, melanopsin, expressed in the mammalian retina, is considered a circadian photopigment because it is responsible to entrain the endogenous biological clock. This photopigment is also present in the melanophores of Xenopus laevis, where it was first described, but its role in these cells is not fully understood. X. laevis melanophores respond to light with melanin granule dispersion, the maximal response being achieved at the wavelength of melanopsin maximal excitation. Pigment dispersion can also be triggered by endothelin-3 (ET-3). Here we show that melanin translocation is greater when a blue light pulse was applied in the presence of ET-3. In addition, we demonstrated that mRNA levels of the melanopsins Opn4x and Opn4m exhibit temporal variation in melanophores under light/dark (LD) cycles or constant darkness, suggesting that this variation is clock-driven. Moreover, under LD cycles the oscillations of both melanopsins show a circadian profile suggesting a role for these opsins in the photoentrainment mechanism. Blue-light pulse decreased Opn4x expression, but had no effect on Opn4m. ET-3 abolishes the circadian rhythm of expression of both opsins; in addition the hormone increases Opn4x expression in a dose-, circadian time- and light-dependent way. ET-3 also increases the expression of its own receptor, in a dose-dependent manner. The variation of melanopsin levels may represent an adaptive mechanism to ensure greater melanophore sensitivity in response to environmental light conditions with ideal magnitude in terms of melanin granule dispersion, and consequently color change.
Maria Nathália de Carvalho Magalhães Moraes; Leonardo Henrique Ribeiro Graciani de Lima; Bruno Cesar Ribeiro Ramos; Maristela de Oliveira Poletini; Ana Maria de Laurocastrucci
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-5-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  General and comparative endocrinology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1095-6840     ISO Abbreviation:  Gen. Comp. Endocrinol.     Publication Date:  2014 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-5-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0370735     Medline TA:  Gen Comp Endocrinol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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