Special Issue "Molecular Research on Light's Effects on Animals and Humans"
A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Pathology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020) | Viewed by 13657
Interests: circadian biology; developmental programming; melatonin; cardiovascular rhythms; control of metabolism
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Light can influence the physiology and behavior of animals and humans through several pathways, including entrainment of circadian rhythms, which are involved in the control of homeostasis and body functions. Disruption of circadian rhythmicity plays a role in the pathogenesis of various diseases of civilization, such as cardiovascular, neurological, metabolic, and malignant disorders. Mechanisms by which circadian rhythm disruption contributes to the development of these pathologies are not clear, and an elucidation of involved molecular mechanisms represents a basis for their effective prevention and treatment. Circadian disruption can occur as a result of (1) shift work, (2) frequent flights across time zones, (3) “modern lifestyle” with late eating and excessive exposure to blue light emitting devices, and (4) excessive exposure to artificial light at night. Light pollution is a new and prominent change of our environment and lifestyle, which was not experienced during evolution. Therefore potential consequences of chronodisruption on health and biodiversity are rather unpredictable. New results are urgently needed on synchronization of circadian rhythm by light in combination with other environmental cues and on molecular mechanisms through which chronodisruption can affect physiological and behavioral processes of wild animals and humans. The topics of this Special Issue include but are not limited to molecular mechanisms, how light and chronodisruption influence sleep, metabolic, neurobiolological, and behavioral processes, immune functions, and cancer.
Prof. Michal Zeman
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- circadian rhythms
- clock genes
- light pollution
- cardiovascular rhythms
- insulin resistance