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1Author    Wolfram Lork, Til Kreuels, Wolfgang Martin, Klaus BrinkmannRequires cookie*
 Title    System Analysis of the Circadian Rhythm of Euglena gracilis, I. Linearities and Non-Linearities in the Response to Temperature Signals  
 Abstract    The approach of control theory is used to describe the structure of the circadian system of Euglena gracilis. As a first step we discriminate linear and non linear properties of the dynamics. The cellular motility as measured via long time records of sedimentation parameters in cultures is defined as the system output; sinusoidal temperature signals are used as input. By means of non stationary signal processing procedures we estimate gain and phase of the output signal. The problem of defining an appropiate gain of a cell suspension with an undefinite number of cells is solved by using the superimposition of two different input signals and by keeping one of them fixed as a reference signal. Linear properties are shown with a linear frequency transfer and with the validity of the superposition principle at least within distinct regions of amplitude and frequency. Non linear properties are the signal distortion, the restriction of linear amplification to a distinct range of input temperature and the ambiguity of phase coupling near the circadian eigenfrequency. The apparent lack of a limit of entrainment -an unexpected linear property — is explained by the masking effect of thermokinesis. A model is proposed describing the simultaneous control of motility by thermokinesis and the circadian system. On the base of that model further experiments are outlined. 
  Reference    Z. Naturforsch. 37c, 1240—1252 (1982); received June 15 1982 
  Published    1982 
  Keywords    Circadian Rhythm, Euglena, Motility, Oscillator, Temperature 
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 Identifier    ZNC-1982-37c-1240 
 Volume    37