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Thyroidectomy alters the daily pattern of expression of the clock protein, PER2, in the oval nucleus of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and central nucleus of the amygdala in rats

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Thyroidectomy alters the daily pattern of expression of the clock protein, PER2, in the oval nucleus of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and central nucleus of the amygdala in rats

Amir, Shimon and Robinson, Barry (2006) Thyroidectomy alters the daily pattern of expression of the clock protein, PER2, in the oval nucleus of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and central nucleus of the amygdala in rats. Neuroscience Letters, 407 (3). pp. 254-257. ISSN 0304-3940

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2006.08.057...

Abstract

A role for thyroid hormones in the regulation of the rhythmic expression of circadian clock genes is suggested by the finding that surgical removal of the thyroid gland alters circadian behavioral and endocrine rhythms in rodents. Virtually nothing is known about the role of thyroid hormones in the regulation of clock genes responsible for the generation of circadian rhythmicity. To study this issue, we assessed in rats the effect of thyroidectomy/parathyrodectomy (TPX) on the expression of the clock protein, PER2, in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), the master circadian clock, and in a number of key limbic forebrain structures, the oval nucleus of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNSTov), the central nucleus of the amygdala (CEA), the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and the dentate gyrus (DG). TPX significantly altered the normal daily pattern of PER2 expression in the BNSTov and CEA, but had no effect on PER2 expression in the SCN, BLA and DG. Thus, although thyroid hormones modulate PER2 expression in the brain, the effect is tissue specific and therefore likely not to be mediated by a direct effect of the hormone on gene expression.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Amir, Shimon and Robinson, Barry
Journal or Publication:Neuroscience Letters
Date:October 2006
Funders:
  • CIHR
  • CURC
ID Code:6606
Deposited By:SHIMON AMIR
Deposited On:27 Apr 2010 16:46
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 18:31
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