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Maria Angeles Bonmati-Carrion

Research Fellow in the School of Biosciences

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Bonmati-Carrion MA, Hild K, Isherwood C, Sweeney SJ, Revell VL, Skene DJ, Rol MA, Madrid JA (2016) Relationship between Human Pupillary Light Reflex and Circadian System Status, PLoS One 11 (9) e0162476 Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs), whose photopigment melanopsin
has a peak of sensitivity in the short wavelength range of the spectrum, constitute a common
light input pathway to the olivary pretectal nucleus (OPN), the pupillary light reflex
(PLR) regulatory centre, and to the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN), the major pacemaker of
the circadian system. Thus, evaluating PLR under short wavelength light (»max 500 nm)
and creating an integrated PLR parameter, as a possible tool to indirectly assess the status
of the circadian system, becomes of interest. Nine monochromatic, photon-matched light
stimuli (300 s), in 10 nm increments from »max 420 to 500 nm were administered to 15
healthy young participants (8 females), analyzing: i) the PLR; ii) wrist temperature (WT) and
motor activity rhythms (WA), iii) light exposure (L) pattern and iv) diurnal preference (Horne-
Östberg), sleep quality (Pittsburgh) and daytime sleepiness (Epworth). Linear correlations
between the different PLR parameters and circadian status index obtained from WT, WA
and L recordings and scores from questionnaires were calculated. In summary, we found
markers of robust circadian rhythms, namely high stability, reduced fragmentation, high
amplitude, phase advance and low internal desynchronization, were correlated with a
reduced PLR to 460?490 nm wavelengths. Integrated circadian (CSI) and PLR (cp-PLR)
parameters are proposed, that also showed an inverse correlation. These results demonstrate,
for the first time, the existence of a close relationship between the circadian system
robustness and the pupillary reflex response, two non-visual functions primarily under melanopsin-ipRGC