Membrane Glycosylation and Circadian Rhythms in Plant Systems and in Animal Normal and Transformed Systems

  • Ghislaine M. Petiau-de Vries


A review is given on the properties of glycoconjugates subjected to circadian rhythms: proteoglycans, glycosylated hormones, enzymes, glycolipids. Membrane receptors and their ligands which appear to be frequently glycosylated can play a role in circadian rhythmicity. Circadian modulation of the glycoconjugates metabolism and the effect of glycosylation inhibitors on the circadian rhythms will be discussed. Rhodopsin, a photoreceptor, is glycosylated and presents an unusual type of glycosylation. The role of ceramides as second messengers has been demonstrated and could interact with metabolites important for the rhythm. The formation of a spatial structure of macromolecules such as helicoids is a circadian or ultradian process. The importance of circadian rhythms in cancer has been reported in a few cases and suggests a critical analysis of many reports.


Growth Hormone Circadian Rhythm Sialic Acid Biological Rhythm Chicken Pineal 
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carcinoembryonic antigen


cyclic adenosine 5’-monophosphate


cAMP -responsive element modulator


enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay




follicle stimulating hormone






growth hormone




Gal beta 1–3


beta 1–4

Gal(NeuAc alpha 2–3)

beta 1–4


beta l’-ceramide


cyclic guanosine 5’-monophosphate


5-hydroxytryptamine or serotonin


luteinizing hormone




sialic acid






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  1. 1.Chimie Générale IUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium

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