melanopsin


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melanopsin

An opsin-like protein, sensitive to light with a peak sensitivity around 480 nm, and found in the very small proportion of retinal ganglion cells which are photosensitive. It is believed to be the visual pigment that synchronizes the circadian cycle to the day-night cycle as well as being involved in the control of pupil size and the release of melatonin. This neural circuit appears to be independent of the conventional retinal phototransduction in the rods and cones. See pupil light reflex.
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By taking nearly 100 times as long to turn off, the broken melanopsin doesnt transmit any new input to the brain during its extended on period, which affects behaviors that rely on that information.
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When the SSLMs are coloured blue the aim is to stimulate melanopsin - a pigment found in cells in the eye's retina which send nerve impulses to parts of the brain thought to make a person feel alert.
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Instead, blue light and melanopsin cells in the retina activates period and sense light and signal the timeless.
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The research reveals that the gene called melanopsin causes nerve cells to become photoreceptive.