Diurnal oscillations of endogenous H2O2 sustained by p66Shc regulate circadian clocks
Jian-Fei Pei 1,9, Xun-Kai Li1,9, Wen-Qi Li1,9, Qian Gao2,6, Yang Zhang1, Xiao-Man Wang1, Jia-Qi Fu1, Shen-Shen Cui1, Jia-Hua Qu1, Xiang Zhao1, De-Long Hao1, Dapeng Ju3, Na Liu3,7, Kate S. Carroll 4, Jing Yang 5, Eric Erquan Zhang 3, Ji-Min Cao2,8, Hou-Zao Chen 1 * and De-Pei Liu 1 *
Nat Cell Biol 2019 Nov 25 [Online ahead of print]
Redox balance, an essential feature of healthy physiological steady states, is regulated by circadian clocks, but whether or how endogenous redox signalling conversely regulates clockworks in mammals remains unknown. Here, we report circadian rhythms in the levels of endogenous H2O2 in mammalian cells and mouse livers. Using an unbiased method to screen for H2O2-sensitive transcription factors, we discovered that rhythmic redox control of CLOCK directly by endogenous H2O2 oscillations is required for proper intracellular clock function. Importantly, perturbations in the rhythm of H2O2 levels induced by the loss of p66Shc, which oscillates rhythmically in the liver and suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of mice, disturb the rhythmic redox control of CLOCK function, reprogram hepatic transcriptome oscillations, lengthen the circadian period in mice and modulate light-induced clock resetting. Our findings suggest that redox signalling rhythms are intrinsically coupled to the circadian system t hrough reversible oxidative modification of CLOCK and constitute essential mechanistic timekeeping components in mammals.