The circadian Clock mutant mouse: Impaired masking response to light

Uwe Redlin, Samer Hattar, N. Mrosovsky

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Synchronization of an internal clock (entrainment) and a direct response to light (masking) are complementary ways of restricting activity of an animal to day or night. The protein CLOCK has an important role in the oscillatory mechanism of mammalian pacemakers. Our data show that it is also involved in masking responses. Mice with the Clock/Clock mutation reduced their wheel running less than wildtypes when given 1-h light pulses of light (2-1,600 lx) in the night. With dimmer lights (< 2 lx), there were no significant differences between mutant and wildtype mice. Impaired masking responses to light in Clock/Clock mice were confirmed in tests with ultradian light-dark cycles (3.5:3.5 h and 1:1 h). Tests with pulses of light longer than 1 h revealed that, although the mutants responded more slowly to light, they sustained the suppression of activity over the course of the 3-h tests better than wildtypes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-59
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Clock mutation
  • Masking
  • Melanopsin
  • Nonvisual photoreception
  • Rhythms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Physiology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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