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Felix T Kurz, Miguel A Aon, Brian O'Rourke, Antonis A Armoundas
The spatio-temporal organization of mitochondria in cardiac myocytes facilitates myocyte-wide, cluster-bound, mitochondrial inner membrane potential oscillatory depolarizations, commonly triggered by metabolic or oxidative stressors. Local intermitochondrial coupling can be mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS) that activate inner membrane pores to initiate a ROS-induced-ROS-release process that produces synchronized limit cycle oscillations of mitochondrial clusters within the whole mitochondrial network...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Haladhara Naik, Ram Janam Singh, Shrikant Pandurang Dange
Fractional cumulative yields (FCY) of various light mass fission products in the fast neutron induced fission of (232)Th, (238)U, (240)Pu and (244)Cm have been determined by using the off-line γ-ray spectrometric technique. From present and literature data, width of isobaric charge distribution (σZ), the most probable charge (ZP) and the experimental charge polarization (∆ΖEXPT) as a function of fragment mass were deduced. The ∆ΖEXPT values from the present work for light mass chains and earlier work for heavy mass chains show oscillating nature due to nuclear structure effect...
May 9, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Raouf El Cheikh, Samuel Bernard, Nader El Khatib
We present a multiscale mathematical model for the regulation of the cell cycle by the circadian clock. Biologically, the model describes the proliferation of a population of heterogeneous cells connected to each other. The model consists of a high dimensional transport equation structured by molecular contents of the cell cycle-circadian clock coupled oscillator. We propose a computational method for resolution adapted from the concept of particle methods. We study the impact of molecular dynamics on cell proliferation and show an example where discordance of division rhythms between population and single cell levels is observed...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Norio Iijima, Shinji Miyamoto, Keisuke Matsumoto, Ken Takumi, Yoichi Ueta, Hitoshi Ozawa
We have newly developed a system that allows monitoring of the intensity of fluorescent signals from deep brains of rats transgenically modified to express enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) via an optical fiber. One terminal of the optical fiber was connected to a blue semiconductor laser oscillator/green fluorescence detector. The other terminal was inserted into the vicinity of the eGFP-expressing neurons. Since the optical fiber was vulnerable to twisting stresses caused by animal movement, we also developed a cage in which the floor automatically turns, in response to the turning of the rat's head...
May 26, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Ningning Zhang, Ming Feng, Harry H Hendon, Alistair J Hobday, Jens Zinke
Episodic anomalously warm sea surface temperature (SST) extremes, or marine heatwaves (MHWs), amplify ocean warming effects and may lead to severe impacts on marine ecosystems. MHW-induced coral bleaching events have been observed frequently in recent decades in the southeast Indian Ocean (SEIO), a region traditionally regarded to have resilience to global warming. In this study, we assess the contribution of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) to MHWs across the mostly understudied reefs in the SEIO. We find that in extended summer months, the MHWs at tropical and subtropical reefs (divided at ~20°S) are driven by opposite ENSO polarities: MHWs are more likely to occur at the tropical reefs during eastern Pacific El Niño, driven by enhanced solar radiation and weaker Australian Monsoon, some likely alleviated by positive Indian Ocean Dipole events, and at the subtropical reefs during central Pacific La Niña, mainly caused by increased horizontal heat transport, and in some cases reinforced by local air-sea interactions...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
Etienne Boucher, Antoine Nicault, Dominique Arseneault, Yves Bégin, Mehdi Pasha Karami
Across Eastern Canada (EC), taiga forests represent an important carbon reservoir, but the extent to which climate variability affects this ecosystem over decades remains uncertain. Here, we analyze an extensive network of black spruce (Picea mariana Mill.) ring width and wood density measurements and provide new evidence that wood biomass production is influenced by large-scale, internal ocean-atmosphere processes. We show that while black spruce wood biomass production is primarily governed by growing season temperatures, the Atlantic ocean conveys heat from the subtropics and influences the decadal persistence in taiga forests productivity...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yuxia Li, Bin Jing, Han Liu, Yifan Li, Xuan Gao, Yongqiu Li, Bin Mu, Haikuo Yu, Jinbo Cheng, Peter B Barker, Hongxing Wang, Ying Han
BACKGROUND: Depression is a potential marker of preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, little is known about the abnormal characteristics revealed by resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) subjects with depressive symptoms (MCI-d). OBJECTIVE: The study was to examine whether abnormalities in amplitudes of low-frequency oscillation occurred in MCI-d and tried to find the possible spectrum showed higher recognition ability to the diagnosis by utilizing functional MRI (fMRI)...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
N Almeira, S Risau-Gusman
Genetic oscillators are present in the cells of many organisms and control several biological processes. The common feature of such oscillators is the presence of a protein which represses the transcription of its own gene. Recently, it has been shown that for many genes transcription is not a continuous process, but that it proceeds in bursts. We study here the relationship between bursty transcription and the robustness of protein oscillations. We concentrate on the temporal profile of mRNA production by studying regimes where this profile changes but the amount of mRNA produced is kept fixed...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Duk Y Kim, Shi-Zeng Lin, Franziska Weickert, Eric D Bauer, Filip Ronning, J D Thompson, Roman Movshovich
The thermal conductivity measurement in a rotating magnetic field is a powerful probe of the structure of the superconducting energy gap. We present high-precision measurements of the low-temperature thermal conductivity in the unconventional heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn_{5}, with the heat current J along the nodal [110] direction of its d_{x^{2}-y^{2}} order parameter and the magnetic field up to 7 T rotating in the ab plane. In contrast to the smooth oscillations found previously for J∥[100], we observe a sharp resonancelike peak in the thermal conductivity when the magnetic field is also in the [110] direction, parallel to the heat current...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
A M Eriksson, A Vikström
Recent advances have attracted attention to nonstandard Josephson junctions in which a supercurrent can flow despite zero phase difference between the constituent superconducting leads. Here, we propose a zero-phase-difference nanoelectromechanical junction which, in contrast to other considered systems, exhibits symmetry between leftward and rightward tunneling through the junction. We show that a supercurrent is, nevertheless, possible as a result of spontaneous symmetry breaking. In the suggested junction, the supercurrent is mediated by tunneling via a superconducting Cooper-pair box on a mechanical resonator...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Changyao Chen, Damián H Zanette, David A Czaplewski, Steven Shaw, Daniel López
Energy dissipation is an unavoidable phenomenon of physical systems that are directly coupled to an external environmental bath. In an oscillatory system, it leads to the decay of the oscillation amplitude. In situations where stable oscillations are required, the energy dissipated by the vibrations is usually compensated by replenishment from external energy sources. Consequently, if the external energy supply is removed, the amplitude of oscillations start to decay immediately, since there is no means to restitute the energy dissipated...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
Julian Lommen, Anna Stahr, Marc Ingenwerth, Amira A H Ali, Charlotte von Gall
Purinergic P2X and P2Y receptors are involved in mediating intercellular signalling via purines such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). P2X and P2Y receptors have been implicated in numerous body functions including learning, memory and sleep. All of these body functions show time-of-day-dependent variations controlled by the master circadian oscillator located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). Evidence exists for a role of purinergic signalling in intercellular coupling within SCN. However, few studies have been performed on the expression of purinergic receptors in SCN...
May 26, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
Kuan-Wei Chen, Kang-Ling Liao, Chih-Wen Shih
Somitogenesis is the process for the development of somites in vertebrate embryos. This process is timely regulated by synchronous oscillatory expression of the segmentation clock genes. Mathematical models expressed by delay equations or ODEs have been proposed to depict the kinetics of these genes in interacting cells. Through mathematical analysis, we investigate the parameter regimes for synchronous oscillations and oscillation-arrested in an ODE model and a model with transcriptional and translational delays, both with Michaelis-Menten type degradations...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Dan Wilson, Bard Ermentrout
The applicability of phase models is generally limited by the constraint that the dynamics of a perturbed oscillator must stay near its underlying periodic orbit. Consequently, external perturbations must be sufficiently weak so that these assumptions remain valid. Using the notion of isostables of periodic orbits to provide a simplified coordinate system from which to understand the dynamics transverse to a periodic orbit, we devise a strategy to correct for changing phase dynamics for locations away from the limit cycle...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Erica Guerriero, Paolo Pedrinazzi, Aida Mansouri, Omid Habibpour, Michael Winters, Niklas Rorsman, Ashkan Behnam, Enrique A Carrion, Amaia Pesquera, Alba Centeno, Amaia Zurutuza, Eric Pop, Herbert Zirath, Roman Sordan
The high-frequency performance of transistors is usually assessed by speed and gain figures of merit, such as the maximum oscillation frequency f max, cutoff frequency f T, ratio f max/f T, forward transmission coefficient S 21, and open-circuit voltage gain A v. All these figures of merit must be as large as possible for transistors to be useful in practical electronics applications. Here we demonstrate high-performance graphene field-effect transistors (GFETs) with a thin AlOx gate dielectric which outperform previous state-of-the-art GFETs: we obtained f max/f T > 3, A v > 30 dB, and S 21 = 12...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
Toshihiro Kobayashi, Yutaka Shimada, Kantaro Fujiwara, Tohru Ikeguchi
In the human brain, billions of neurons construct a neural network via synaptic connections. Neuronal excitation and inhibition are transmitted to other neurons through synapses via neurotransmitters. Dopamine is one of these neurotransmitters that plays a number of important roles. There are a variety of rhythms in the brain, such as alpha rhythm, beta rhythm, and so on. Infra-slow oscillation, ISO, is one of the rhythms observed in the brain, and ranges below 0.1 Hz. One of the key roles of dopamine is the generation of ISO in neural networks...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
Sarbendu Rakshit, Bidesh K Bera, Matjaž Perc, Dibakar Ghosh
Chimera states, namely complex spatiotemporal patterns that consist of coexisting domains of spatially coherent and incoherent dynamics, are investigated in a network of coupled identical oscillators. These intriguing spatiotemporal patterns were first reported in nonlocally coupled phase oscillators, and it was shown that such mixed type behavior occurs only for specific initial conditions in nonlocally and globally coupled networks. The influence of initial conditions on chimera states has remained a fundamental problem since their discovery...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
Thuy T Pham, Philip H W Leong, Paul David Robinson, Thomas Gutzler, Adelle S Jee, Gregory G King, Cindy Thamrin
The forced oscillation technique (FOT) can provide unique and clinically relevant lung function information with little cooperation with subjects. However, FOT has higher variability than spirometry, possibly because strategies for quality control and reducing artifacts in FOT measurements have yet to be standardized or validated. Many quality control procedures either rely on simple statistical filters or subjective evaluation by a human operator. In this study, we propose an automated artifact removal approach based on the resistance against flow profile, applied to complete breaths...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
Linda Fischer, Frank Scherbarth, Boris Chagnaud, Felix Felmy
Animals employ mechano-sensory systems to detect and explore their environment. Mechano-sensation encompasses stimuli like constant pressure, surface movement or vibrations at various intensities that need to be segregated in the central nervous system. Besides different receptor structures sensory filtering via intrinsic response properties could provide a convenient way to solve this problem. In leech, three major mechano-sensory cell types can be distinguished according to their stimulus sensitivity into nociceptive, pressure and touch cells...
May 25, 2017: Biology Open
J M Boss, K S Cujia, J Zopes, C L Degen
Quantum sensing takes advantage of well-controlled quantum systems for performing measurements with high sensitivity and precision. We have implemented a concept for quantum sensing with arbitrary frequency resolution, independent of the qubit probe and limited only by the stability of an external synchronization clock. Our concept makes use of quantum lock-in detection to continuously probe a signal of interest. Using the electronic spin of a single nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond, we demonstrate detection of oscillating magnetic fields with a frequency resolution of 70 microhertz over a megahertz bandwidth...
May 26, 2017: Science
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