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Light responses of the circadian system in leptin deficient mice.
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PMID:  20060009     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Some evidences postulate a link between obesity and disturbances in circadian behavior. Here, we studied the manifestation of the circadian rhythm of motor activity and its response to light in the leptin deficiency model of obesity ob/ob mice. Motor activity in both ob/ob and wild type mice was first recorded in a small cage by activity meters with crossed infrared beams (IR) and later in a larger cage with a running wheel, where the number of wheel revolutions (WR) was also determined. Animals were maintained under light-dark (LD) or constant-dark (DD) conditions. We studied the free-running period and the rhythm profile, with special emphasis on the amount of activity in the dark and light phases of the LD cycle, and the phase and period responses to a light pulse. The results showed that ob/ob mice have a strong ultradian, rather than a circadian pattern, whose period range between 3 and 4.8h. Also, these animals showed a percentage of activity during light higher than controls. We did not find differences in the endogenous period of the circadian rhythm between mice groups in DD. However, ob/ob mice showed stronger phase delays after a light pulse at ZT15 than controls, and less masking effects in the transition from LD to DD compared with controls. This suggests a weaker circadian pacemaker of the ob/ob mice compared with controls.
Maria Assumpci? Sans-Fuentes; Antoni D?ez-Noguera; Trinitat Cambras
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-01-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiology & behavior     Volume:  99     ISSN:  1873-507X     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiol. Behav.     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-22     Completed Date:  2010-05-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151504     Medline TA:  Physiol Behav     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  487-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
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(c) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Departament de Fisiologia, Facultat de Farm?cia, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Ocular / genetics
Analysis of Variance
Body Weight / genetics
Circadian Rhythm / genetics*
Leptin / deficiency*
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Mice, Knockout
Motor Activity / genetics*
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