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Adam Silver, assistant professor of biology, recently published an article in PLoS ONE entitled, “Pathogen-associated molecular patterns alter molecular clock gene expression in mouse splenocytes.”
The circadian clock regulates nearly all aspects of physiology and behavior. Disruptions of circadian rhythms in the form of night shift work or genetic abnormalities have been linked to pathologies, such as sleep disorders, depression, and increased risk of cancer. Silver’s study revealed how various microbial components (i.e., things unique to microorganisms) can alter these daily rhythms on a molecular level.
The study can be found here: Pathogen-associated molecular patterns alter molecular clock gene expression in mouse splenocytes