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We used cytochalasin D to reduce contraction-related optical signals by inhibiting muscle contraction for the optical monitoring of action potentials, using a voltage-sensitive dye in isolated rat atrium preparations. The suppression of contraction-related signals was so strong that we concluded that this chemical is suitable for this purpose.
Multiple-site optical recording of membrane potential activity using a voltage-sensitive dye was employed to monitor action potentials in the rat atrium. Electrical pacing at 1 Hz evoked the events of tachycardia-like excitation (TE). Optical mapping revealed that a coupling of spontaneous and evoked action potentials resulted in the initiation of TE.
Forest fire is a common disturbance factor, especially in boreal forests. The detection of forest disturbance and monitoring of post-fire forest recovery are crucial to both ecological research and forest management. The Greater Hinggan Mountain area of China is rich in forest resources, but also has a high incidence of forest fires. After the most serious(More)
Hand-held computing with positioning technologies has enormous potential in many fields. We have previously developed a support system for forest education using PDA and GPS. In this study, we carried out large-scale field experiments on a location-based information presentation system for nature observation at EXPO 2005, in Aichi, Japan. Through field(More)
AIMS There seems to be two distinct patterns in the presentation of acute heart failure (AHF) patients; early- vs. gradual-onset. However, whether time-dependent relationship exists in outcomes of patients with AHF remains unclear. METHODS The Tokyo Cardiac Care Unit Network Database prospectively collects information of emergency admissions via EMS(More)