Journal of PHYSIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY and Applied Human Science
Online ISSN : 1347-5355
Print ISSN : 1345-3475
Acute Phase Proteins, Body Temperature and Urinary Melatonin under the Influence of Bright and Dim Light Intensities during the Daytime
Dominika KanikowskaYukiko HirataKi-ja HyunHiromi Tokura
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2001 Volume 20 Issue 6 Pages 333-338


Concentrations of five acute phase proteins: C-reactive protein (CRP), α1-antichymotrypsin (ACT), transfferin (Tf), α2-macroglobulin (α2-M) and haptoglobin (Hp) as well as glycosylation profiles of α1-antichymotrypsin (ACT) were studied in sera samples with 7 healthy volunteers under the influence of two different light intensities during the daytime dim (100 lx) and bright (3000 lx) light. Concentration of transfferin (negative proteins) under the influence of bright light during the daytime decreased significantly. Other proteins have the tendency to increase (positive proteins) under the influence of daytime bright light. The microheterogeneity of ACT did not change under the influence of different light intensities. Melatonin and rectal temperature were also measured simultaneously. Rectal temperature decreased to be lower during the first half of the night and urinary melatonin secretion rate increased to be higher during the night when the subjects spent time under the bright light during the day. Thus, it is concluded that the diurnal bright light exposure may activate some parameters of acute phase proteins, increase nocturnal melatonin secretion and accelerate a fall of rectal temperature during first half period of night sleep.

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© 2001 Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology
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