American scientists have found a possible explanation for the circadian rhythms of a person, in particular, need to sleep at night and stay awake during the day. A study published in the journal Nature Communications, briefly about it, reports the University of Oregon (USA).
Experts have discovered at least 25 genes associated with circadian rhythms, with increased activity in adulthood. The reason for this the scientists saw in their protective functions, manifested in slowing down the aging process.
Detected genes are linked, as the authors suggest, a reaction to, for example, cellular and molecular damage and oxidative stress. Activation of genes to prevent the processes that lead to the development of age-related neurodegeneration.
Despite the fact that the scientists conducted experiments on fruit flies, their findings hold true for humans. This is due to the fact that the biological processes responsible for circadian rhythms in fruit flies and is controlled by a similar group of genes. according to the study.