Time-Restricted Feeding Shifts the Skin Circadian Clock and Alters UVB-Induced DNA Damage

Cell Rep. 2017 Aug 1;20(5):1061-1072. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.07.022.


The epidermis is a highly regenerative barrier protecting organisms from environmental insults, including UV radiation, the main cause of skin cancer and skin aging. Here, we show that time-restricted feeding (RF) shifts the phase and alters the amplitude of the skin circadian clock and affects the expression of approximately 10% of the skin transcriptome. Furthermore, a large number of skin-expressed genes are acutely regulated by food intake. Although the circadian clock is required for daily rhythms in DNA synthesis in epidermal progenitor cells, RF-induced shifts in clock phase do not alter the phase of DNA synthesis. However, RF alters both diurnal sensitivity to UVB-induced DNA damage and expression of the key DNA repair gene, Xpa. Together, our findings indicate regulation of skin function by time of feeding and emphasize a link between circadian rhythm, food intake, and skin health.

Keywords: DNA damage; aging; cell cycle; circadian clock; metabolism; skin; time-restricted feeding.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Circadian Rhythm / radiation effects*
  • DNA Damage*
  • Eating / radiation effects*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Skin / metabolism*
  • Skin / pathology
  • Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects*