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1 February 2005 Additivity in Murine Circadian Phototransduction
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Additivity in the circadian phototransduction system of the mouse has not been tested directly. Because of this, accurate prediction of circadian phase shifts elicited by polychromatic light stimuli cannot be derived from the results of studies using monochromatic light stimuli. This limitation also makes it impossible to deduce the relative contributions of the photoreceptive mechanisms (rods, cones and melanopsin-containing retinal ganglion cells) underlying circadian phototransduction in the mouse. Using nearly monochromatic light stimuli of different spectral composition, and combinations thereof, we demonstrated that murine circadian phototransduction exhibits additivity. Based on the locomotor activity phase shifts elicited by these stimuli, we developed the first quantitative assessment of the relative contributions of conventional and novel photoreceptive mechanisms for circadian functioning in the mouse.
John D. Bullough, Mariana G. Figueiro, Bernard P. Possidente, Robert H. Parsons and Mark S. Rea "Additivity in Murine Circadian Phototransduction," Zoological Science 22(2), (1 February 2005). https://doi.org/10.2108/zsj.22.223
Received: 6 August 2004; Accepted: 1 December 2004; Published: 1 February 2005
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