Circadian rhythms describe biological phenomena that oscillate with an ≃4-hour cycle. These rhythms include blood pressure, body temperature, hormone levels, the number of immune cells in blood, and the sleep-wake cycle. In this paper, we will focus on common genes between species that are responsible for determining the circadian behavior, especially some transcription factors (i.e., switch genes) that serve to regulate many circadian rhythm genes. The intent of this summary is to introduce the common molecular mechanism of biological clocks between flies and humans and then to describe the research from three laboratories that was presented in the session.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Aug 6 1999|
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