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Mathematical modeling in chronobiology.
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PMID:  23604486     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Circadian clocks are autonomous oscillators entrained by external Zeitgebers such as light-dark and temperature cycles. On the cellular level, rhythms are generated by negative transcriptional feedback loops. In mammals, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the anterior part of the hypothalamus plays the role of the central circadian pacemaker. Coupling between individual neurons in the SCN leads to precise self-sustained oscillations even in the absence of external signals. These neuronal rhythms orchestrate the phasing of circadian oscillations in peripheral organs. Altogether, the mammalian circadian system can be regarded as a network of coupled oscillators. In order to understand the dynamic complexity of these rhythms, mathematical models successfully complement experimental investigations. Here we discuss basic ideas of modeling on three different levels (1) rhythm generation in single cells by delayed negative feedbacks, (2) synchronization of cells via external stimuli or cell-cell coupling, and (3) optimization of chronotherapy.
G Bordyugov; P O Westermark; A Korenčič; S Bernard; H Herzel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Handbook of experimental pharmacology     Volume:  217     ISSN:  0171-2004     ISO Abbreviation:  Handb Exp Pharmacol     Publication Date:  2013  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-04-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902231     Medline TA:  Handb Exp Pharmacol     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  335-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University, Invalidenstr. 43, 10115, Berlin, Germany,
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