Circadian rhythms of presumptive stem cells in three different epithelia of the mouse

Cell Tissue Kinet. 1977 Nov;10(6):557-68. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2184.1977.tb00312.x.


Variation in the percentage of labelled cells (LI), mitoses (MI) and apoptosis (AI: i.e. shrinkage necrosis) have been studied throughout a 24 hr period (40 min after labelling with 3H-TdR) for tongue epithelium, epidermis and intestinal epithelium in the mouse. A room with reversed light cycle was used to obtain data for half of the 24 hr period. All three tissues showed marked variations in LI with peak values between 24.00 and 03.00 hours. In the intestine a maximum value for MI was observed 3-6 hr after that for LI and with a maximum value for AI slightly later. In all three epithelia the circadian rhythm was most striking in cells at positions which can be correlated with presumptive stem cell activity; e.g. in the crypts the labelling and mitotic peaks reflecting a circadian rhythm were most clearly distinguishable at the basal part of the crypts. These observations are discussed in relation to the validity of various proliferative models.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Circadian Rhythm*
  • Epidermal Cells
  • Epithelial Cells*
  • Female
  • Intestinal Mucosa / cytology
  • Intestine, Small / cytology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • Mitosis
  • Skin / cytology*
  • Tongue / cytology*