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Recent evidence has emerged that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARalpha), which is largely involved in lipid metabolism, can play an important role in connecting circadian biology and metabolism. In the present study, we investigated the mechanisms by which PPARalpha influences the pacemakers acting in the central clock located in the(More)
Nuclear receptors form a superfamily of ligand-activated transcription factors that regulate various physiological functions, from development to homeostasis, in metazoans. The superfamily contains not only receptors for known ligands but also a large number of so-called orphan receptors for which ligands do not exist or have not been identified. The(More)
Most living organisms show circadian (approximately 24 h) rhythms in physiology and behavior. These oscillations are generated by endogenous circadian clocks, present in virtually all cells where they control key biological processes. Although circadian gating of mitosis has been reported for many years in some peripheral tissues, the underlying molecular(More)
Frequent transmeridian flights or predominant work at night can increase cancer risk. Altered circadian rhythms also predict for poor survival in cancer patients, whereas physical destruction of the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN), the hypothalamic circadian pacemaker, accelerates tumor growth in mice. Here we tested the effect of functional disruption of(More)
Daily synchronous rhythms of cell division at the tissue or organism level are observed in many species and suggest that the circadian clock and cell cycle oscillators are coupled. For mammals, despite known mechanistic interactions, the effect of such coupling on clock and cell cycle progression, and hence its biological relevance, is not understood. In(More)
Most organisms adapt their behavior and physiology to the daily changes in their environment through internal ( approximately 24 h) circadian clocks. In mammals, this time-keeping system is organized hierarchically, with a master clock located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei of the hypothalamus that is reset by light, and that, in turn, coordinates the(More)
Central and peripheral mammalian circadian clocks regulate a variety of behavioral and physiological processes through the rhythmic transcription of hundreds of clock-controlled genes. The circadian expression of many transcriptional regulators suggests that a major part of this circadian gene network is indirectly regulated by clock genes. Here we show(More)
Rev-erbalpha [NR1D1], a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily, is an orphan receptor that constitutively represses gene transcription. Rev-erbalpha has been shown to play a role in myocyte differentiation and to be induced during adipogenesis. Furthermore, Rev-erbalpha is a regulator of lipoprotein metabolism. It was recently shown that Rev-erbalpha(More)
Genes under a 24-h regulation period may represent drug targets relevant to diseases involving circadian dysfunctions. As a testing model of the circadian clock system, we have used synchronized rat fibroblasts that are known to express at least six genes in a circadian fashion. We have determined the expression patterns of 9957 transcripts every 4 h over a(More)