Modeling biological timing
- August 26 at 10:00 - 11:00, 2020
- Dr. Gen Kurosawa (Senior Research Scientist, iTHEMS)
- via Zoom
Under stay-at-home situation, some of you may suffer from sleep disorder. Efficacy of a drug often depends on the timing of its prescription. We know this fact about our "timing", but we don't know why. This time, I wish to introduce two big mysteries in regard to biological timing. First is our internal daily clock. In general, biochemical process is believed to accelerate with temperature. In contrast, the period of our daily clock, made up of biochemical reactions is somehow stable to temperature. The prediction from simpler biochemical mathematical model, and its experimental verification will be presented. Second is hibernation. During winter, some birds and mammals decrease drastically their body temperature possibly to decrease their energy expenditure. Many studies about hibernation have been conducted for many years. However, basic mechanisms of hibernation (e.g. how the duration of hibernation is determined?) are largely unknown. Recently, we started to investigate body temperature time-series of hibernating hamsters over 100 days in the collaboration with experimental biologists. Preliminary results will be presented.