Nocturnin: At the crossroads of clocks and metabolism

Jeremy J. Stubblefield, Jérémy Terrien, Carla B. Green

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Many aspects of metabolism exhibit daily rhythmicity under the control of endogenous circadian clocks, and disruptions in circadian timing result in dysfunctions associated with the metabolic syndrome. Nocturnin (Noc) is a robustly rhythmic gene that encodes a deadenylase thought to be involved in the removal of polyA tails from mRNAs. Mice lacking the Noc gene display resistance to diet-induced obesity and hepatic steatosis, due in part to reduced lipid trafficking in the small intestine. In addition, Noc appears to play important roles in other tissues and has been implicated in lipid metabolism, adipogenesis, glucose homeostasis, inflammation and osteogenesis. Therefore, Noc is a potential key post-transcriptional mediator in the circadian control of many metabolic processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-333
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Ccrn4l
  • Circadian
  • Deadenylase
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Nocturnin
  • Post-transcriptional

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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