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Problems of Re-entrainment of Circadian Rhythms: Asymmetry Effect, Dissociation and Partition

  • J. Aschoff
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)

Abstract

Entrained circadian rhythms maintain a more or less distinct phase-angle difference with respect to the Zeitgeber (ASCHOFF, 1965). After a sudden shift of the Zeitgeber, several periods are required to reestablish this phase relationship. Usually, the circadian system follows advance shifts of the Zeitgeber by advances, and delay shifts by delays. However, with 12-hour shifts of the Zeitgeber (= 180° shift), the circadian system may go through advance shifts despite the 50% lengthening of one Zeitgeber period. Further, within an organism, some rhythms may follow the Zeitgeber, while others move into the opposite direction: re-entrainment by “partition”. There is, finally, the phenomenon of “asymmetry”, in which the time necessary for re-entrainment differs between advance and delay shifts.

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Circadian Rhythm Activity Rhythm Japanese Quail Plasma Corticosterone Time Zone 
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