The suprachiasmatic nuclei are involved in determining circadian rhythms during restricted feeding.

Research paper by O O Froy, N N Chapnik, R R Miskin

Indexed on: 05 Aug '08Published on: 05 Aug '08Published in: Neuroscience


The circadian clock in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) responds to light and regulates peripheral circadian rhythms. Feeding regimens also reset the clock, so that time-restricted feeding (RF) dictates rhythms in peripheral tissues, whereas calorie restriction (CR) affects the SCN clock. To better understand the influence of RF vs. CR on circadian rhythms, we took advantage of the transgenic alphaMUPA mice that exhibit spontaneously reduced eating, and can serve as a model for CR under ad libitum feeding, and a model for temporal CR under RF compared with wild type (WT) mice. Our results show that RF advanced and generally increased the amplitude of clock gene expression in the liver under LD in both mouse types. However, under disruptive light conditions, RF resulted in a different clock gene phase in WT mice compared with alphaMUPA mice, suggesting a role for the reduced calories in resetting the SCN that led to the change of phase in alphaMUPA mice. Comparison of the RF regimen in the two lighting conditions in WT mice revealed that mPer1, mClock, and mBmal1 increased, whereas mPer2 decreased in amplitude under ultradian light in WT mice, suggesting a role for the SCN in determining clock gene expression in the periphery during RF. In summary, herein we reinforce a role for calorie restriction in resetting the SCN clock, and unravel a role for the SCN in determining peripheral rhythms under RF.