Much evidence implicates interleukin-1β (IL-1β) in sleep regulation. Two previous studies indicated that levels of IL-1β in mRNA were affected by sleep. In the current study, levels of IL-1β mRNA and IL-1 receptor assessory protein (IL-1RAP) mRNA were determined 1 h after the beginning of light and dark periods and after sleep deprivation, using the reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and mutated internal standards. Daytime samples contained relatively more IL-1β mRNA than nighttime samples, and levels of IL-1β mRNA were higher after sleep deprivation. These changes occurred in the hypothalamus, hippocampus, cerebral cortex, and mesencephalon/pons. In contrast, the IL-1 RAP mRNA level did not seem to be affected by sleep.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cell Biology