Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review -- Relevance of circadian rhythm gene Timeless to human health and disease

Mazzoccoli G, Laukkanen MO, Vinciguerra M, Colangelo T, Colantuoni V. A Timeless Link Between Circadian Patterns and Disease. Trends Mol Med. 2016 Jan;22(1):68-81. PMID: 26691298.

From the abstract: "The Timeless (Tim) gene, originally identified in Drosophila melanogaster and subsequently in mammals, is involved in the molecular clockwork that drives 24h periodicity in physiology and behavior. The Tim protein is ... a multifaceted factor implicated in the maintenance of many cellular processes, tissue functions, and ultimately homeostasis of various organisms, from insects to humans. This review highlights the current knowledge of Tim functions, especially the most recent achievements, and illustrates the possible roles that this factor plays in the physiological preservation of health, as well as in the pathogenic mechanisms of related diseases."

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