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Taiichi Saito, Manabu Tamura, Mikhail F Chernov, Soko Ikuta, Yoshihiro Muragaki, Takashi Maruyama
Aggressive resection of intracranial gliomas has a positive impact on patients' prognosis, but is associated with a risk of neurological complications. For preservation of brain functions and avoidance of major postoperative morbidity various methods of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring have been introduced into clinical practice. At present, somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP), motor evoked potentials (MEP), visual evoked potentials (VEP), brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEP), and electrocorticography (ECoG) are used routinely during neurosurgical procedures...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
Joachim Fisahn, Peter Barlow, Gerhard Dorda
Background and Aims: Roots of Arabidopsis thaliana exhibit a 24.8 h oscillation of elongation rate when grown under free-running conditions. This growth rhythm is synchronized with the time course of the local lunisolar tidal acceleration. The present study aims at a physiological/physical model to describe the interaction of weak gravitational fields with cellular water dynamics that mediate rhythmic root growth profiles. Methods: Fundamental physical laws are applied to model the water dynamics within single plant cells in an attempt to mimic the 24...
December 10, 2017: Annals of Botany
Crhistiane A Silva, Laís I M Melo, Alina R Pires, Jordana C Barbalho, Andreia V Melo, Diego A C Fernandes, Everly B Oliveira, Carolina V M Azevedo, Trinitat Cambras, Antoni Díez-Noguera, John Fontenele-Araujo
The circadian system is organized in a hierarchy of multiple oscillators, with the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) as the master oscillator in mammals. The SCN is formed by a group of coupled cell oscillators. Knowledge of this coupling mechanism is essential to understanding entrainment and the expression of circadian rhythms. Some authors suggest that light-dark (LD) cycles with periods near the limit of entrainment may be good models for promoting internal desynchronization, providing knowledge about the coupling mechanism...
December 6, 2017: Chronobiology International
Faranak Vahid-Ansari, Paul R Albert
Poststroke depression (PSD) is a common outcome of stroke that limits recovery and is only partially responsive to chronic antidepressant treatment. In order to elucidate changes in the cortical-limbic circuitry associated with PSD and its treatment, we examined a novel mouse model of persistent PSD. Focal endothelin-1-induced ischemia of the left medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) in male C57BL6 mice resulted in a chronic anxiety and depression phenotype. Here, we show severe cognitive impairment in spatial learning and memory in the stroke mice...
December 4, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Kwangwon Lee, Prithvi Shiva Kumar, Sean McQuade, Joshua Y Lee, Sohyun Park, Zheming An, Benedetto Piccoli
Circadian rhythms are observed in most organisms on earth and are known to play a major role in successful adaptation to the 24-h cycling environment. Circadian phenotypes are characterized by a free-running period that is observed in constant conditions and an entrained phase that is observed in cyclic conditions. Thus, the relationship between the free-running period and phase of entrainment is of interest. A popular simple rule has been that the entrained phase is the expression of the period in a cycling environment (i...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
Masaaki Takeda, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Takafumi Mitsuhara, Masaru Abiko, Kaoru Kurisu
Multimodal intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring is a reliable tool for detecting intraoperative spine injury and is recommended during surgery for degenerative cervical myopathy (DCM). Somatosensory evoked potential (SEP) can be used to monitor spine and peripheral nerve injury during positioning in surgery for DCM. Compensation technique for transcranial evoked muscle action potentials (tcMEPs) should be adopted in intraoperative monitoring during surgery for DCM. Free-running electromyography is a useful real-time monitoring add-on modality in addition to SEP and tcMEP...
January 2018: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
Heiko Groiss, Martin Glaser, Magdalena Schatzl, Moritz Brehm, Dagmar Gerthsen, Dietmar Roth, Peter Bauer, Friedrich Schäffler
The revival of interest in Ge1-xSnx alloys with x ≥ 10% is mainly owed to the recent demonstration of optical gain in this group-IV heterosystem. Yet, Ge and Sn are immiscible over about 98% of the composition range, which renders epilayers based on this material system inherently metastable. Here, we address the temperature stability of pseudomorphic Ge1-xSnx films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Both the growth temperature dependence and the influence of post-growth annealing steps were investigated...
November 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
José M Duhart, Lucila Brocardo, Carlos S Caldart, Luciano Marpegan, Diego A Golombek
The mammalian circadian system is controlled by a central oscillator located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus, in which glia appears to play a prominent role. Gliomas originate from glial cells and are the primary brain tumors with the highest incidence and mortality. Optic pathway/hypothalamic gliomas account for 4-7% of all pediatric intracranial tumors. Given the anatomical location, which compromises both the circadian pacemaker and its photic input pathway, we decided to study whether the presence of gliomas in the hypothalamic region could alter circadian behavioral outputs...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Thomas Kantermann, Charmane I Eastman
The timing of the circadian clock, circadian period and chronotype varies among individuals. To date, not much is known about how these parameters vary over time in an individual. We performed an analysis of the following five common circadian clock and chronotype measures: 1) the dim light melatonin onset (DLMO, a measure of circadian phase), 2) phase angle of entrainment (the phase the circadian clock assumes within the 24-h day, measured here as the interval between DLMO and bedtime/dark onset), 3) free-running circadian period (tau) from an ultradian forced desynchrony protocol (tau influences circadian phase and phase angle of entrainment), 4) mid-sleep on work-free days (MSF from the Munich ChronoType Questionnaire; MCTQ) and 5) the score from the Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ)...
November 17, 2017: Chronobiology International
Peng Bai, Y H Zhang, W Z Shen
High performance single photon detector at the wavelength of 1550 nm has drawn wide attention and achieved vast improvement due to its significant application in quantum information, quantum key distribution, as well as cosmology. A novel infrared up-conversion single photon detector (USPD) at 1550 nm was proposed to work in free-running regime based on the InGaAs/ InP photodetector (PD)- GaAs/AlGaAs LED up-converter and Si single photon avalanche diode (SPAD). In contrast to conventional In0.53Ga0.47As SPAD, the USPD can suppress dark count rate and afterpulsing efficiently without sacrificing the photon detection efficiency (PDE)...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
Wilhelmina Kalt, Jane E McDonald, Melinda R Vinqvist-Tymchuk, Yan Liu, Sherry A E Fillmore
While in vitro and animal evidence supports a role for anthocyanins in human health, future opportunities in berry health benefits will rest upon evidence from clinical intervention trials. Because little is known about the behaviour of anthocyanins during long term intake in humans, several clinical design factors were examined. Urine from volunteers (n = 17) who consumed blueberry juice daily was analysed using LC-MS/MS for predicted flavonoid-based products of anthocyanins in relation to a 5-day anthocyanin-free run-in, 28 days of blueberry juice intake, a 7-day washout and two dosing regimens...
November 8, 2017: Food & Function
Jordan Snyder, Anatoly Zlotnik, Aric Hagberg
Complex natural and engineered systems are ubiquitous, and their behavior is challenging to characterize and control. We examine the design of the entrainment process for an uncountably infinite collection of coupled phase oscillators that are all subject to the same periodic driving signal. In the absence of coupling, an appropriately designed input can result in each oscillator attaining the frequency of the driving signal, with a phase offset determined by its natural frequency. We consider a special case of interacting oscillators in which the coupling tends to destabilize the phase configuration to which the driving signal would send the collection in the absence of coupling...
October 2017: Chaos
Yunshan Zhang, Lianyan Li, Yating Zhou, Guowang Zhao, Yuechun Shi, Jilin Zheng, Zhike Zhang, Yu Liu, Linjie Zou, Yuke Zhou, Yinchao Du, Xiangfei Chen
A monolithic optical injection-locked (MOIL) DFB laser with large stable injection locking range is experimentally demonstrated using the side-mode injection locking technique. The low-frequency roll-off in the MOIL DFB laser is suppressed significantly. The relaxation oscillation frequency is measured to be 26.84 GHz and the intrinsic 3-dB response bandwidth is more than 30 GHz, which is about 20 GHz higher than that of the free running DFB laser. The nonlinear distortions, including the 1-dB compression point, second harmonic distortion (2HD) and third-order intermodulation distortion (IMD3), are also suppressed significantly...
October 30, 2017: Optics Express
Jian Dai, Anni Liu, Jingliang Liu, Tian Zhang, Yue Zhou, Feifei Yin, Yitang Dai, Yuanan Liu, Kun Xu
The coupled optoelectronic oscillator (COEO) is typically used to generate high frequency spectrally pure microwave signal with serious sidemodes noise. We propose and experimentally demonstrate a simple scheme for supermode suppression with mutual injection locking between the COEO (master oscillator with multi-modes oscillation) and the embedded free-running oscillator (slave oscillator with single-mode oscillation). The master and slave oscillators share the same electrical feedback path, which means that the mutually injection-locked COEO brings no additional hardware complexity...
October 30, 2017: Optics Express
Gemma M Paech, Stephanie J Crowley, Charmane I Eastman
We conducted two studies of circadian misalignment in non-Hispanic African and European-Americans. In the first, the sleep/wake (light/dark) schedule was advanced 9 h, similar to flying east, and in the second these schedules were delayed 9 h, similar to flying west or sleeping during the day after night work. We confirmed that the free-running circadian period is shorter in African-Americans compared to European-Americans, and found differences in the magnitude and direction of circadian rhythm phase shifts which were related to the circadian period...
2017: PloS One
Ehsan Ebrahimi, Ehsan Kamrani, Mohammad Saeed Heydarnejad, Omid Safari
A study was carried out to investigate the daily rhythms of locomotor and feeding activity of Khajoo, Schizothorax pelzami, a candidate species for freshwater aquaculture. Using self-feeder juvenile Khajoo were exposed to a 12/12 LD cycle to determine the rhythms of locomotor and feeding activity. The effects of feeding on locomotor and feeding activity of fish were also examined. Finally, the endogenous rhythmicity under different lighting condition tested. Fish displayed a strictly diurnal feeding and locomotor activities with 98% and 84% of the total activity occurred in the photophase, respectively...
October 24, 2017: Chronobiology International
Elisa F Carneiro, Felipe Calliari, Gustavo C Amaral, Guilherme P Temporão
We theoretically propose and experimentally validate a practical random bit generation method based on the detections of a coherent state in the few-photon regime by a gated single-photon threshold detector, operating at the telecom wavelength of 1550 nanometers. By fine tuning the mean number of photons per pulse of a laser beam directed to the single-photon detector, a 50-50 chance of detection or no-detection is reached; under this condition, detections inside the gate window are treated as "1"s, while "0"s are associated with the absence of detections...
August 20, 2017: Applied Optics
Ariadna Arbat-Plana, Xavier Navarro, Esther Udina
After peripheral nerve injury, there are important changes at the spinal level that can lead to disorganization of the central circuitry and thus, compromise functional recovery even if axons are able to successfully regenerate and reinnervate their target organs. Physical rehabilitation is a promising strategy to modulate these plastic changes and thus, to improve functional recovery after damage of the nervous system. Forced exercise in a treadmill is able to partially reverse the synaptic stripping and the loss of perineuronal nets that motoneurons suffer after peripheral nerve injury in animal models...
October 17, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
Xing Lu, Shuangyou Zhang, Xing Chen, Dohyeon Kwon, Chan-Gi Jeon, Zhigang Zhang, Jungwon Kim, Kebin Shi
Ultrahigh-resolution optical strain sensors provide powerful tools in various scientific and engineering fields, ranging from long-baseline interferometers to civil and aerospace industries. Here we demonstrate an ultrahigh-resolution fibre strain sensing method by directly detecting the time-of-flight (TOF) change of the optical pulse train generated from a free-running passively mode-locked laser (MLL) frequency comb. We achieved a local strain resolution of 18 pε/Hz(1/2) and 1.9 pε/Hz(1/2) at 1 Hz and 3 kHz, respectively, with large dynamic range of >154 dB at 3 kHz...
October 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Fang-Xiang Wang, Wei Chen, Ya-Ping Li, Guo-Wei Zhang, Zhen-Qiang Yin, Shuang Wang, Guang-Can Guo, Zheng-Fu Han
Orbital angular momentum (OAM) is an important resource in high-dimensional quantum information processing, as its quantum number can be infinite. Dove prism (DP) is a most common tool to manipulate OAM light. However, the Dove prism changes the polarization of the photon states and decreases the sorting fidelity of the interferometer. In this work, we analyze the polarization-dependent effect of the DP on OAM light manipulation in the normal single-path Sagnac interferometers (SPSIs) with beam splitter (BS) and polarizing beam splitter (PBS)...
October 16, 2017: Optics Express
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