The Effect of Light Exposure at Night (LAN) on Carcinogenesis via Decreased Nocturnal Melatonin Synthesis
AbstractIn mammals, a master clock is located within the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus, a region that receives input from the retina that is transmitted by the retinohypothalamic tract. The SCN controls the nocturnal synthesis of melatonin by the pineal gland that can influence the activity of the clock’s genes and be involved in the inhibition of cancer development. On the other hand, in the literature, some papers highlight that artificial light exposure at night (LAN)-induced circadian disruptions promote cancer. In the present review, we summarize the potential mechanisms by which LAN-evoked disruption of the nocturnal increase in melatonin synthesis counteracts its preventive action on human cancer development and progression. In detail, we discuss: (i) the Warburg effect related to tumor metabolism modification; (ii) genomic instability associated with L1 activity; and (iii) regulation of immunity, including regulatory T cell (Treg) regulation and activity. A better understanding of these processes could significantly contribute to new treatment and prevention strategies against hormone-related cancer types. View Full-Text
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Giudice, A.; Crispo, A.; Grimaldi, M.; Polo, A.; Bimonte, S.; Capunzo, M.; Amore, A.; D’Arena, G.; Cerino, P.; Budillon, A.; Botti, G.; Costantini, S.; Montella, M. The Effect of Light Exposure at Night (LAN) on Carcinogenesis via Decreased Nocturnal Melatonin Synthesis. Molecules 2018, 23, 1308.
Giudice A, Crispo A, Grimaldi M, Polo A, Bimonte S, Capunzo M, Amore A, D’Arena G, Cerino P, Budillon A, Botti G, Costantini S, Montella M. The Effect of Light Exposure at Night (LAN) on Carcinogenesis via Decreased Nocturnal Melatonin Synthesis. Molecules. 2018; 23(6):1308.Chicago/Turabian Style
Giudice, Aldo; Crispo, Anna; Grimaldi, Maria; Polo, Andrea; Bimonte, Sabrina; Capunzo, Mario; Amore, Alfonso; D’Arena, Giovanni; Cerino, Pellegrino; Budillon, Alfredo; Botti, Gerardo; Costantini, Susan; Montella, Maurizio. 2018. "The Effect of Light Exposure at Night (LAN) on Carcinogenesis via Decreased Nocturnal Melatonin Synthesis." Molecules 23, no. 6: 1308.
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