Francisco Javier Sanchez-Vazquez

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The circadian clock is synchronized with the day-night cycle primarily by light. Fish represent fascinating models for deciphering the light input pathway to the vertebrate clock since fish cell clocks are regulated by direct light exposure. Here we have performed a comparative, functional analysis of the circadian clock involving the zebrafish that is(More)
Food availability is far from constant but tends to be cyclic, and fish therefore show a variety of circadian rhythms which can be entrained to feeding time. The aim of this study was to investigate the synchronization to mealtimes of behavioral (locomotor activity), metabolic (glucose) and endocrine (cortisol and thyroid hormones) daily rhythms in gilthead(More)
The objective of this research was to test the ability of rainbow trout to feed on, and select from, three "pure" macronutrient diets formulated to contain only one macronutrient (protein, fat, and carbohydrate). The three diets were offered to fish in three different self-feeders, the fish having to choose from them in order to compose a nutritionally(More)
Regulation by light and darkness of melatonin rhythms in the plasma and eye of the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) was studied. During light-dark cycles, plasma and ocular melatonin exhibited day-night changes with higher levels at mid-dark and at mid-light, respectively. Circulating melatonin levels were low in constant light but high in constant(More)
Feeding cycles entrain biological rhythms, which enable animals to anticipate feeding times and so maximize food utilization and welfare. In this article, the effect of mealtime was investigated in two groups of sea bream (Sparus aurata): one group received a single daily meal at random times during the light period (random daytime feeding, RDF), whereas(More)
Food is not continuously available in the wild, and so most animals show a wide variety of circadian rhythms that can be entrained to feeding time. The aim of this research was to evaluate the effect of time-restricted feeding on the daily rhythms of gilthead sea bream, with food being provided during the day or night under a 12:12 h light-dark (LD) cycle(More)
Sea bass, a fish species characterized by its dualistic feeding pattern, was investigated to study the synchronizing effect of light and food on the demand-feeding rhythm. Nocturnal and diurnal sea bass, both in groups and individually, were exposed to restricted-feeding (RF) and light-dark (LD) cycles of different periods. The phase relationship between(More)
The daily locomotor and melatonin rhythms of the Senegal sole, a benthonic species of increasing interest in aquaculture, are still unknown, despite the fact that such knowledge is of prime importance for optimising its production. The aim of the present research was therefore to investigate the daily rhythms of locomotor activity and melatonin in the(More)
In contrast to the common diurnal and nocturnal ways of life, some fish species have been shown to have a dual phasing behaviour. Therefore, the daily pattern of behaviour is not always rigidly confined to the light or dark phase and a diurnal fish may become nocturnal and vice versa. In the present study, the locomotor and feeding activities of single(More)
Light and feeding cycles strongly synchronize daily rhythms in animals, which may, as a consequence, develop food anticipatory activity (FAA). However, the light/food entraining mechanisms of the central circadian oscillator remain unknown. In this study, we investigate the existence of FAA in seven groups of zebrafish subjected to a light/dark (LD) cycle(More)