Circadian rhythms in the absence of the clock gene Bmal1

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Science  14 Feb 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6479, pp. 800-806
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw7365

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Redundancy in circadian clocks?

The transcription factor BMAL1 is a core component of the mammalian circadian clock; without it, circadian behaviors are abolished. However, Ray et al. found that in animals lacking BMAL1, peripheral tissues synchronized with a brief pulse of the glucocorticoid hormone dexamethasone appear to retain a 24-hour pacemaker that sustains rhythmic gene expression, protein abundance, and protein phosphorylation in excised liver cells and fibroblasts (see the Perspective by Brown and Sato). These oscillations persisted in the absence of cues from changes in light or temperature. The results raise intriguing questions about the possible nature of the oscillator that maintains the observed rhythms.

Science, this issue p. 800; see also p. 740

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