Timing is everything, including with regard to eating. Texas A&M biologists found that regular meal times go hand in hand with the rhythmic expression of many liver genes in mice, leading them to believe that irregular meal times may disrupt rhythmic liver physiology and eventually lead to disease. (Credit: Jerome Menet, Texas A&M University.)

Texas A&M Biologists Find Feeding Time Influences Liver’s Biological Clock in Mice

Story Reprinted Courtesy of "Cell Press"

Apr 16, 2019
"In contrast to the prevailing model in the field currently, our findings indicate that feeding times do more than just synchronize the molecular clock in different organs -- they actually can regulate rhythmic gene expression in parallel of the clock. This raises the interesting hypothesis that eating at the wrong time of the day, which is prevalent in shift-workers for example, can desynchronize rhythmic gene expression and lead to pathologies."
Dr. Jerome Menet, Texas A&M biologist