Impaired light masking in dopamine D2 receptor–null mice

Disruption of overt circadian rhythms can occur without influencing the endogenous pacemaker, the so-called 'masking' effect classically elicited by light. As the physiological pathways involved in light masking remain elusive, we analyzed mice lacking the dopamine D2 receptor. Although circadian rhythmicity was normal, D2R-null mice showed a markedly… (More)