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Circadian Rhythm Control: Neurophysiological InvestigationsThe suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) was implicated as a primary component in central nervous system mechanisms governing circadian rhythms. Disruption of the normal synchronization of temperature, activity, and other rhythms is detrimental to health. Sleep wake disorders, decreases in vigilance and performance, and certain affective disorders may result from or be exacerbated by such desynchronization. To study the basic neurophysiological mechanisms involved in entrainment of circadian systems by the environment, Parylene-coated, etched microwire electrode bundles were used to record extracellular action potentials from the small somata of the SCN and neighboring hypothalamic nuclei in unanesthetized, behaving animals. Male Wistar rats were anesthetized and chronically prepared with EEG ane EMG electrodes in addition to a moveable microdrive assembly. The majority of cells had firing rates 10 Hz and distinct populations of cells which had either the highest firing rate or lowest firing rate during sleep were seen.
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Conference Paper
Glotzbach, S. F.
(Stanford Univ. CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA. Washington NASA Space Biol. Program:
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Life Sciences (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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