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T Katherine Tamai, Yusuke Nakane, Wataru Ota, Akane Kobayashi, Masateru Ishiguro, Naoya Kadofusa, Keisuke Ikegami, Kazuhiro Yagita, Yasufumi Shigeyoshi, Masaki Sudo, Taeko Nishiwaki-Ohkawa, Ayato Sato, Takashi Yoshimura
Chronic circadian disruption due to shift work or frequent travel across time zones leads to jet-lag and an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The development of new pharmaceuticals to treat circadian disorders, however, is costly and hugely time-consuming. We therefore performed a high-throughput chemical screen of existing drugs for circadian clock modulators in human U2OS cells, with the aim of repurposing known bioactive compounds. Approximately 5% of the drugs screened altered circadian period, including the period-shortening compound dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA; also known as prasterone)...
April 17, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Nicolas Bourbeau Hébert, David G Lancaster, Vincent Michaud-Belleau, George Y Chen, Jérôme Genest
We characterize the frequency noise performance of a free-running dual-comb source based on an erbium-doped glass chip running two adjacent mode-locked waveguide lasers. This compact laser platform, contained only in a 1.2 L volume, rejects common-mode environmental noise by 20 dB thanks to the proximity of the two laser cavities. Furthermore, it displays a remarkably low mutual frequency noise floor around 10  Hz2 /Hz, which is enabled by its large-mode-area waveguides and low Kerr nonlinearity. As a result, it reaches a free-running mutual coherence time of 1 s since mode-resolved dual-comb spectra are generated even on this time scale...
April 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Maria D L A Vazquez-Montes, Richard Stevens, Rafael Perera, Kate Saunders, John R Geddes
BACKGROUND: Recurrent mood episodes and subsyndromal mood instability cause substantial disability in patients with bipolar disorder. Early identification of mood episodes enabling timely mood stabilization is an important clinical goal. This study investigates the ability of control chart methodology to predict manic and/or depressive episodes by applying Shewhart's control rules to weekly self-reported scores from mania and depression questionnaires. METHODS: Shewhart's control rules were applied to weekly self-reported scores from the Altman Self-Rating Mania Scale (ASRM) and the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology-Self-Report (QIDS) collected from 2001 to 2012 as part of the OXTEXT programme...
April 4, 2018: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
Hum Nath Parajuli, Haymen Shams, Luis Guerrero Gonzalez, Eszter Udvary, Cyril Renaud, John Mitchell
The filter bank multicarrier (FBMC) modulation format is considered as a potential candidate for future wireless 5G due to its feature of high suppression for out-of-band emissions, which allows combining multiple sub-bands with very narrow band-gaps, and hence increases the overall wireless transmission capacity. In this paper, we experimentally demonstrate the generation of multi sub-bands FBMC signals at millimeter-wave (mm-wave) for radio-over-fiber (RoF) systems. The designed multi sub-bands FBMC system consists of 5 sub-bands of 800 MHz with inter sub-band gaps of 781...
March 19, 2018: Optics Express
Chao Wang, Zejiang Deng, Chenglin Gu, Yang Liu, Daping Luo, Zhiwei Zhu, Wenxue Li, Heping Zeng
Herein, the method of spectrum-encoded dual-comb interferometry is introduced to measure a three-dimensional (3-D) profile with absolute distance information. By combining spectral encoding for wavelength-to-space mapping, dual-comb interferometry for decoding and optical reference for calibration, this system can obtain a 3-D profile of an object at a stand-off distance of 114 mm with a depth precision of 12 μm. With the help of the reference arm, the absolute distance, reflectivity distribution, and depth information are simultaneously measured at a 5 kHz line-scan rate with free-running carrier-envelope offset frequencies...
April 1, 2018: Optics Letters
Hermann Kahle, Kostiantyn Nechay, Jussi-Pekka Penttinen, Antti Tukiainen, Sanna Ranta, Mircea Guina
An optically pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) for direct emission in the 740-790 nm wavelength region is reported. The gain structure is based on 12 AlGaAs quantum wells. We demonstrate wavelength tuning between 747 nm and 788 nm and free-running operation with a maximum power of 4.24 W (pump power limited) for a heat sink temperature of 14°C. This laser system addresses a spectral gap not currently covered by VECSEL technology and represents the most powerful VECSEL reported within the 7XX-nm wavelength region...
April 1, 2018: Optics Letters
Xing Lu, Shuangyou Zhang, Chan-Gi Jeon, Chu-Shik Kang, Jungwon Kim, Kebin Shi
We propose and demonstrate a new method which employs time-of-flight detection of femtosecond laser pulses for precise height measurement of large steps. By using time-of-flight detection with fiber-loop optical-microwave phase detectors, precise measurement of large step height is realized. The proposed method shows uncertainties of 15 nm and 6.5 nm at sampling periods of 40 ms and 800 ms, respectively. This method employs only one free-running femtosecond mode-locked laser and requires no scanning of laser repetition rate, making it easier to operate...
April 1, 2018: Optics Letters
Angelita Gambuti, Luigi Picariello, Alessandra Rinaldi, Luigi Moio
Changes in phenolic compounds, chromatic characteristics, acetaldehyde, and protein-reactive tannins associated with oxidative aging were studied in Sangiovese wines with varied tannin T/anthocyanin A ratios. For this purpose, three Sangiovese vineyards located in Tuscany were considered in the 2016 vintage. To obtain wines with different T/A ratios, two red wines were produced from each vinification batch: a free run juice with a lower T/A ratio and a marc pressed wine with a higher T/A ratio. An overall of six wines with T/A ratios ranging between 5 and 23 were produced...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
Janina Kay, Pamela Menegazzi, Stephanie Mildner, Flavio Roces, Charlotte Helfrich-Förster
The circadian clock of social insects has become a focal point of interest for research, as social insects show complex forms of timed behavior and organization within their colonies. These behaviors include brood care, nest maintenance, foraging, swarming, defense, and many other tasks, of which several require social synchronization and accurate timing. Ants of the genus Camponotus have been shown to display a variety of daily timed behaviors such as the emergence of males from the nest, foraging, and relocation of brood...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Biological Rhythms
Alexandra M Yaw, Robert W Woodruff, Rebecca A Prosser, J David Glass
The present study is the first to explore the multigenerational effects of mammalian paternal cocaine intake on offspring (F1) circadian clock regulation. Parental cocaine use poses significant health risks to the offspring, through both maternal and paternal drug influences. With respect to the latter, recent evidence suggests that a paternal mode of cocaine inheritance involves epigenetic germ line actions that can ultimately disrupt offspring behavior. Based on our previous report in mice that free-running circadian period (tau) is chronically lengthened following withdrawal from long term cocaine treatment, the present study was undertaken to explore potential epigenetic effects of paternal exposure to cocaine over the ∼40 day murine spermatogenic cycle on F1 circadian regulatory functions...
March 19, 2018: Neuroscience
Philippe Guay, Jérôme Genest, Adam J Fleisher
We demonstrate the precision molecular spectroscopy of H13 CN using a free-running, all-fiber dual electro-optic frequency comb system. Successive interferograms, acquired at a rate of Δfrep =1  MHz, were phase-corrected in post-processing, averaged, and normalized to yield the complex transmission spectrum of several transitions within the 2ν1 H13 CN band centered near λ=1545  nm. With spectral signal-to-noise ratios as high as 326:1 achieved in 2 ms of integration time, we report accurate measurements of H13 CN transition intensities which will aid in the study of extreme astrophysical environments...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Jodi R Paul, Hira A Munir, Thomas van Groen, Karen L Gamble
Disruption of circadian rhythms is commonly reported in individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Neurons in the primary circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), exhibit daily rhythms in spontaneous neuronal activity which are important for maintaining circadian behavioral rhythms. Disruption of SCN neuronal activity has been reported in animal models of other neurodegenerative disorders; however, the effect of AD on SCN neurophysiology remains unknown. In this study we examined circadian behavioral and electrophysiological changes in a mouse model of AD, using male mice from the Tg-SwDI line which expresses human amyloid precursor protein with the familial Swedish (K670N/M671L), Dutch (E693Q), Iowa (D694N) mutations...
March 11, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Andrey Fokin, Mikhail Glyavin, German Golubiatnikov, Lev Lubyako, Mikhail Morozkin, Boris Movschevich, Alexander Tsvetkov, Gregory Denisov
Many state-of-the-art fundamental and industrial projects need the use of terahertz radiation with high power and small linewidth. Gyrotrons as radiation sources provide the desired level of power in the sub-THz and THz frequency range, but have substantial free-running frequency fluctuations of the order of 10-4 . Here, we demonstrate that the precise frequency stability of a high-power sub-THz gyrotron can be achieved by a phase-lock loop in the anode voltage control. The relative width of the frequency spectrum and the frequency stability obtained for a 0...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mamoru Endo, Tyko D Shoji, Thomas R Schibli
We demonstrate the use of two dual-output Mach-Zehnder modulators (DO-MZMs) in a direct comparison between a femtosecond (fs) pulse train and a microwave signal. Through balanced detection, the amplitude-to-phase modulation (AM-PM) conversion effect is suppressed by more than 40 dB. A cross-spectrum technique enables us to achieve a high-sensitivity phase noise measurement (-186 dBc/Hz above 10-kHz offset), which corresponds to the thermal noise of a +9 dBm carrier. This method is applied to compare a 1-GHz fs monolithic laser to a 1-GHz microwave signal generated from photodetection of a free-running 500 MHz mode-locked laser...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Daniel C Anderson, Julie M Nicely, Glenn M Wolfe, Thomas F Hanisco, Ross J Salawitch, Timothy P Canty, Russell R Dickerson, Eric C Apel, Sunil Baidar, Thomas J Bannan, Nicola J Blake, Dexian Chen, Barbara Dix, Rafael P Fernandez, Samuel R Hall, Rebecca S Hornbrook, L Gregory Huey, Beatrice Josse, Patrick Jöckel, Douglas E Kinnison, Theodore K Koenig, Michael LeBreton, Virginie Marécal, Olaf Morgenstern, Luke D Oman, Laura L Pan, Carl Percival, David Plummer, Laura E Revell, Eugene Rozanov, Alfonso Saiz-Lopez, Andrea Stenke, Kengo Sudo, Simone Tilmes, Kirk Ullmann, Rainer Volkamer, Andrew J Weinheimer, Guang Zeng
Formaldehyde (HCHO) directly affects the atmospheric oxidative capacity through its effects on HOx . In remote marine environments, such as the Tropical Western Pacific (TWP), it is particularly important to understand the processes controlling the abundance of HCHO because model output from these regions is used to correct satellite retrievals of HCHO. Here, we have used observations from the CONTRAST field campaign, conducted during January and February 2014, to evaluate our understanding of the processes controlling the distribution of HCHO in the TWP as well as its representation in chemical transport/climate models...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres: JGR
Kieron D Edwards, Naoki Takata, Mikael Johansson, Manuela Jurca, Ondřej Novák, Eva Hényková, Silvia Liverani, Iwanka Kozarewa, Miroslav Strnad, Andrew J Millar, Karin Ljung, Maria E Eriksson
Trees are carbon dioxide sinks and major producers of terrestrial biomass with distinct seasonal growth patterns. Circadian clocks enable the co-ordination of physiological and biochemical temporal activities, optimally regulating multiple traits including growth. To dissect the clock's role in growth, we analysed Populus tremula × P. tremuloides trees with impaired clock function due to down-regulation of central clock components. late elongated hypocotyl (lhy-10) trees, in which expression of LHY1 and LHY2 is reduced by RNAi, have a short free-running period and show disrupted temporal regulation of gene expression and reduced growth, producing 30-40% less biomass than wild-type trees...
March 8, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
Stephanie J Crowley, Charmane I Eastman
Sleep timing shifts later during adolescence (second decade). This trend reverses at ~20 years and continues to shift earlier into adulthood. The current analysis examined the hypothesis that a longer free-running circadian period during late adolescence (14-17 years) compared with adulthood (30-45 years) accounts for sleep timing differences. Sex and ancestry were also examined because previous reports find that women and those with African-American ancestry have shorter free-running periods. Circadian period was measured using an ultradian dark-light protocol (2 hr dark/sleep, 2 hr dim room light [~20 lux]/wake) over 3...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Sleep Research
Roberto Refinetti, G J Kenagy
We studied circadian rhythms of body temperature and locomotor activity in antelope ground squirrels (Ammospermophilus leucurus) under laboratory conditions of a 12L:12D light-dark cycle and in constant darkness. Antelope ground squirrels are diurnally active and, exceptionally among ground squirrels and other closely related members of the squirrel family in general, they do not hibernate. Daily oscillations in body temperature consisted of a rise in temperature during the daytime activity phase of the circadian cycle and a decrease in temperature during the nighttime rest phase...
February 2018: Journal of Thermal Biology
Haroon Asghar, Wei Wei, Pramod Kumar, Ehsan Sooudi, John G McInerney
We report experimental studies of the influence of symmetric dual-loop optical feedback on the RF linewidth and timing jitter of self-mode-locked two-section quantum dash lasers emitting at 1550 nm. Various feedback schemes were investigated and optimum levels determined for narrowest RF linewidth and low timing jitter, for single-loop and symmetric dual-loop feedback. Two symmetric dual-loop configurations, with balanced and unbalanced feedback ratios, were studied. We demonstrate that unbalanced symmetric dual loop feedback, with the inner cavity resonant and fine delay tuning of the outer loop, gives the narrowest RF linewidth and reduced timing jitter over a wide range of delay, unlike single and balanced symmetric dual-loop configurations...
February 19, 2018: Optics Express
Charlotte Bamberger, Andreas Rossmeier, Katharina Lechner, Liya Wu, Elisa Waldmann, Sandra Fischer, Renée G Stark, Julia Altenhofer, Kerstin Henze, Klaus G Parhofer
Regular walnut consumption is associated with better health. We have previously shown that eight weeks of walnut consumption (43 g/day) significantly improves lipids in healthy subjects. In the same study, gut microbiome was evaluated. We included 194 healthy subjects (134 females, 63 ± 7 years, BMI 25.1 ± 4.0 kg/m²) in a randomized, controlled, prospective, cross-over study. Following a nut-free run-in period, subjects were randomized to two diet phases (eight weeks each); 96 subjects first followed a walnut-enriched diet (43 g/day) and then switched to a nut-free diet, while 98 subjects followed the diets in reverse order...
February 22, 2018: Nutrients
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