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By Dr. Nathaniel J. Kingsbury Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Southwick Hall, Room 401.

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1 By Dr. Nathaniel J. Kingsbury Friday, October 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Southwick Hall, Room 401

2 In this seminar, I will…  Explore the biology of circadian rhythms and provide motivation for modeling them  Show the importance of differential equations in modeling circadian rhythms  Present results and conclusions from active research

3 Circadian Rhythms: It’s Night and Day Circadian=24-hour cycle;  Your biological clock  Controls your sleep and other patterns  Found in most life forms  Is genetic  Must be flexible  Systems biologists can describe them using differential equations

4 Maladies of Poor Circadian Rhythms Elderly suffer in particular:  Sleep loss and early wake times 1  Poor mood, poor memory, cognitive decline 2  Linked to accidents, other health problems, and mortality 3 1 Buysse D. et. al. (2005) Circadian patterns of sleep, sleepiness, and performance in older and younger adults. Sleep 28:1365– Grandner, M. et. al. (2012) Age and sleep disturbances among American men and women: data from the US Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Sleep 35:395–406 3 Ancoli-Israel S, Alessi C (2005) Sleep and aging. Am J Geriatr Psychiatr 13:341– Accessed April 23,

5 The Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN)  The brain can be divided by region, and each region has a distinct function  The SCN is one of the best examples of this https://angelosscienceportfolio.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/regions_of_the_brain_and_their_functions.jpg, Accessed April 23, 2014 https://a248.e.akamai.net/media.pinterest.com.s3.amazonaws.com/736x/e5/59/1a/e5591a7d78e177db8d6a80d cb.jpg, Accessed April 23, 2014 SCN

6 The Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN): An experiment Mice Population 1Mice Population 2 Lights were on from 5am-5pmLights were on from 5pm-5am Exercised at 5pmExercised at 5am Lights were off for 24h; rhythm is preservedLights were off for 24h; rhythm preserved SCN was surgically removed; rhythm is lostSCN was surgically removed, rhythm is lost SCN from Population 1 was transplanted into Population 2 Continued to exercise at random timesGot rhythm from Pop 1, exercised at 5pm Adapted from: Sujino, M. et al. (2003) Suprachiasmatic nucleus grafts restore circadian behavioral rhythms of genetically arrhythmic mice. Curr. Biol. 13, 664–668

7 More Experimental Techniques: Bioluminescence Freeman, et. al. “GABA Networks Destabilize Genetic Oscillations in the Circadian Pacemaker.” Neuron 78, 799–806, 2013.

8 More experimental techniques: Microelectrode arrays 200µm Freeman, et. al. “GABA Networks Destabilize Genetic Oscillations in the Circadian Pacemaker.” Neuron 78, 799–806, 2013.

9 Why Model  Systems biologists can use models to describe an entire complex network in entirety  Experiments are time and energy intensive  Models can be used to validate phenomena found during experiment  Models can develop hypotheses testable in a lab

10 Limit Cycle Oscillators Strogatz, Steven H. "Exploring complex networks." Nature (2001):

11 Types of Networks Strogatz, Steven H. "Exploring complex networks." Nature (2001):

12 Model Network vs. Experimental Network

13 Making the Network Network (Graph) Adjacency matrix

14 Circadian Rhythm Model  21 components, 21 ODEs  Modeled for each cell within the network  Represent the core molecular clock DNAmRNAProtein Hexokinase https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hexokinase_ball_and_stick_model,_with _substrates_to_scale_copy.png, Accessed May 1, + --

15 Biological Oscillations  If A  B; positive feedback; A   B   If A B; negative feedback; A   B  Repressilator example: A,B, and C are all molecules present inside a bacterial cell  A B, B C, C A   Proteins per cell time (minutes) A— B — C —

16 Neurotransmitters connect the network GABA ( γ -aminobutyric acid): inhibitory; reduces firing rate VIP (vasoactive intestinal peptide): excitatory; stimulates transcription of Period gene

17 Types of model manipulation: light entrainment  Entrainment of the network to light- dark cycles.  Phase shifts (simulates jet lag)  Length of daylight period We are very interested in learning what is important for resynchronization to this kind of phase shift Days  time of day (h)

18 Basic Output Example

19 To speed up or slow down? 12:00 am 9:00am Advancers Switchers (w/GABA) Delayers

20 Conclusions Systems biology: modeling complex biological systems Models of circadian rhythms all employ ODEs My model closely simulates tissue topology, cell machinery, and signaling Goal of my research is to find and communicate hypotheses that may be tested experimentally My model helps describe how the brain works!


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