Researchers at the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge, have found that the time at which our assets is invaded by viruses has an influence on our susceptibility to infection. Conducting a probe on mice, the researchers exposed the mice to herpes virus at different times of the day and found that when the circadian rhythms of the mice were at a resting phase, they were more susceptible to the virus. This led the researchers to conclude that when a virus comes in our assets at a time when our figure clocks are disturbed or are resting, there are higher chances of the figure giving way to an infection. This is the reason shift workers are more prone to health problems since their bod clocks are permanently in flux. Moreover, it was also observed that the gene Bmal1 played a vital role in defending the bod from infection. The mice lacking Bmal1 were found to have high levels of infection irrespective of the time of infection. The activity of Bmal1 switches with the season; therefore, infections spread actively during winters when Bmal1 is less active, researchers stated. These findings are likely to provide insights into fresh ways of defending infections.
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