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Casein kinase 1 delta regulates the pace of the mammalian circadian clock.

Both casein kinase 1 delta (CK1delta) and epsilon (CK1epsilon) phosphorylate core clock proteins of the mammalian circadian oscillator. To assess the roles of CK1delta and CK1epsilon in the circadian clock mechanism, we generated mice in which the genes encoding these proteins (Csnk1d and Csnk1e, respectively) could be disrupted using the Cre-loxP system. Cre-mediated excision of the floxed exon 2 from Csnk1d led to in-frame splicing and production of a deletion mutant protein (CK1delta(Delta2)). This product is nonfunctional. Mice homozygous for the allele lacking exon 2 die in the perinatal period, so we generated mice with liver-specific disruption of CK1delta. In livers from these mice, daytime levels of nuclear PER proteins, and PER-CRY-CLOCK complexes were elevated. In vitro, the half-life of PER2 was increased by approximately 20%, and the period of PER2::luciferase bioluminescence rhythms was 2 h longer than in controls. Fibroblast cultures from CK1delta-deficient embryos also had long-period rhythms. In contrast, disruption of the gene encoding CK1epsilon did not alter these circadian endpoints. These results reveal important functional differences between CK1delta and CK1epsilon: CK1delta plays an unexpectedly important role in maintaining the 24-h circadian cycle length.

Pubmed ID: 19414593


  • Etchegaray JP
  • Machida KK
  • Noton E
  • Constance CM
  • Dallmann R
  • Di Napoli MN
  • DeBruyne JP
  • Lambert CM
  • Yu EA
  • Reppert SM
  • Weaver DR


Molecular and cellular biology

Publication Data

July 29, 2009

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: DK32520
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: F32 GM074277
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R01 NS047141
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R01 NS056125
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R01 NS056125
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R01 NS056125-03
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R01 NS056125-04
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R21 NS051458
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R21 NS051458-02
  • Agency: NINDS NIH HHS, Id: R21NS051458

Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • CLOCK Proteins
  • Casein Kinase Idelta
  • Casein Kinase Iepsilon
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Cryptochromes
  • DNA Primers
  • Female
  • Fibroblasts
  • Flavoproteins
  • Half-Life
  • Liver
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Period Circadian Proteins
  • Trans-Activators
  • Transcription Factors