Life is not easy. Especially when you are in a family of invisible illnesses and disabilities. It can be serious, funny and downright hard! But we make it. Just like everyone else. We just do it in a different style.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Is Insomnia in our Cells?

Okay, this may not be big news to a lot of people, but I love the science of sleep and decided to park this here.

Again, the research is continuing. I would love to see where this goes when it comes to humans.

Are we insomniacs on a molecular level? My son, who has DSPS; is this the reason that melatonin and rigid schedules still do not fix this problem? How do you fix the problem?

These questions and more, hopefully, will come with continuing research.Any questions, reply and we can discuss.

Take care,Judi

---------------------------------------------------------------------------Improved Understanding Of Circadian Clocks

31 Jan 2009

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered a new part of the mechanism which allows our bodyclocks to reset themselves on a molecular level.

Circadian clocks regulate the daily fluctuations of many physiological and behavioural aspects in life, and are synchronised with our surrounding environment via light or temperature cycles. Natural changes in the length of the day mean that an animal's circadian clock often has to reset itself on a molecular level, to avoid getting out of sync with the changing calendar.

Professor Ralf Stanewsky and his team from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences study the circadian clocks of Drosophila, a type of fruit fly. Writing in the journal Current Biology, they report that the resetting process is governed by three factors, called Cryptochrome, Jetlag and Timeless.

The team's findings suggest that the light responses of circadian clocks are fine tuned on a molecular, by small differences in the binding affinities of clock proteins.Professor Stanewsky explains: "A circadian photoreceptor called Cry is activated by light in the blue spectrum. Once active, Cry then becomes able to bind to a protein called Jetlag. The Jetlag protein then helps to destroy another protein called Timeless, which is used to reset the bodyclock."Crucially though, we found that Jetlag also helps to destroy the original photoreceptor Cry itself. This allows the Timeless protein to reaccumulate during the next day, making sure that the clock mechanism continues to tick."

Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.
Source: Sian HalkyardQueen Mary, University of London

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