One of the defining characteristics of circadian pacemakers and indicates the independence of the speed of circadian clock processes of environmental temperature. Mechanisms involved, so far not elucidated in full detail, entail at least two processes that are similarly affected by temperature changes, but with an opposing and counterbalancing effect on the periodicity of the clock system. As a result of temperature compensation, the increase in reaction velocity for every 10° rise in temperature (Q10) of processes governed by circadian pacemakers reaches values of about 1.
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Neuroscience|
|Editors||Marc D. Binder, Nobutaka Hirokawa, Uwe Windhorst|
|Place of Publication||Berlin, Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|