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Nat Neurosci. 1998 Dec;1(8):693-700.

Light and circadian rhythmicity regulate MAP kinase activation in the suprachiasmatic nuclei.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Washington, Seattle 98195-7280, USA.

Abstract

Although the circadian time-keeping properties of the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) require gene expression, little is known about the signal transduction pathways that initiate transcription. Here we report that a brief exposure to light during the subjective night, but not during the subjective day, activates the p44/42 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling cascade in the SCN. In addition, MAPK stimulation activates CREB (cAMP response element binding protein), indicating that potential downstream transcription factors are stimulated by the MAPK pathway in the SCN. We also observed striking circadian variations in MAPK activity within the SCN, suggesting that the MAPK cascade is involved in clock rhythmicity.

PMID:
10196585
DOI:
10.1038/3695
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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