par Van Reeth, Olivier ;Zhang, Yan;Zee, Phyllis;Turek, Fred
Référence The American journal of physiology, 263, 4 32-4, page (R981-R986)
Publication Publié, 1992
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Two different stimuli (i.e., benzodiazepines and dark pulses) inducing phase shifts in the circadian clock of young hamsters through changes in the level of activity do not induce phase shifts in old hamsters, despite the fact that these stimuli induce a similar acute change in locomotor activity in young and old animals. In contrast, old hamsters remain sensitive to the phase-shifting effects of stimuli clearly not associated with any change in locomotor activity (i.e., protein synthesis inhibitors or light). Thus the circadian system of old animals becomes selectively unresponsive to synchronizing signals mediated by the activity-rest state of the animals. Previous age-related changes in circadian rhythmicity that have been observed in mammals, including humans, may be related to a weakened coupling between the activity-rest cycle and the circadian clock.