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    Association between mammalian lifespan and circadian free-running period: the circadian resonance hypothesis revisited


    Wyse, C.A. and Coogan, Andrew and Selman, C. and Hazlerigg, D.G. and Speakman, J.R. (2010) Association between mammalian lifespan and circadian free-running period: the circadian resonance hypothesis revisited. Biology Letters of the Royal Society of London, 6 (5). pp. 696-698. ISSN 1744-9561

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    Abstract

    Biological rhythms that oscillate with periods close to 24 h (circadian cycles) are pervasive features of mammalian physiology, facilitating entrainment to the 24 h cycle generated by the rotation of the Earth. In the absence of environmental time cues, circadian rhythms default to their endogenous period called tau, or the free-running period. This sustained circadian rhythmicity in constant conditions has been reported across the animal kingdom, a ubiquity that could imply that innate rhythmicity confers an adaptive advantage. In this study, we found that the deviation of tau from 24 h was inversely related to the lifespan in laboratory mouse strains, and in other rodent and primate species. These findings support the hypothesis that misalignment of endogenous rhythms and 24 h environmental cycles may be associated with a physiological cost that has an effect on longevity.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: circadian; tau; lifespan; free-running; rodent; primate;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10720
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2010.0152
    Depositing User: Dr. Andrew Coogan
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 16:19
    Journal or Publication Title: Biology Letters of the Royal Society of London
    Publisher: The Royal Society
    Refereed: Yes
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