Sociology of body clocks
Interaction between the master circadian clock and peripheral clocks
It turns out that the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) is not the only circadian clock in the body. We recently found that the choroid plexus clock exceeds even the SCN clock in terms of robustness (2018) and the kidney clock can influence the behavioral circadian rhythms, potentially through feedback to the master clock (2019). These investigations recast the role of the SCN as the master coordinator of the distributed local circadian clocks, rather than the master pacemaker, and let us think that the circadian organization of the body is likely more democratic and less strictly hierarchical than previously thought.