Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a fluidic part of the brain’s microenvironment that isolates the brain from the rest of the body. CSF dilutes metabolites from neuronal activities and removes them from the brain. Its production and resorption are regulated dynamically and are central to maintaining brain homeostasis. We discovered that the major CSF source, the choroid plexus (CP), harbors the brain’s strongest circadian clock. Here, we consider some implications of the CP circadian clock for metabolite clearance in the brain. If the circadian clock contributes to timed production of the CSF, its synchronization with sleep timing can maximize clearance efficiency and help prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Experimental Neuroscience
Publication statusPublished - Jun 26 2018


  • Choroid plexus
  • circadian clock
  • metabolite clearance
  • neurodegenerative disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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