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Changing growth of neurites of sensory ganglion by terahertz radiation
Author(s): M. V. Tsurkan; O. A. Smolyanskaya; V. G. Bespalov; V. A. Penniyainen; A. V. Kipenko; E. V. Lopatina; B. V. Krylov
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Paper Abstract

Application of terahertz radiation for the creation of medical equipment and solving of biological problems has become widely spread. From this point of view, the influence of THz radiation on the nerve fibers is of primary concern. In addition, several studies indicated both stimulating and depressive effects on nerve cells. However, the mechanism of this effect has not yet been studied, including the dose and exposure time. Our research was devoted to the impact of broadband pulsed THz radiation in the frequency range of 0.05 to 2 THz on the neurite growth in the sensory ganglia of 10-12-day chicken embryos. Dependence of changes in functional responses of cells on the average output power has been found. An increase in the stimulating effect was observed at the lowest power density used (0.5 μW/cm2). Through non-destructive process and choosing the correct parameters of THz radiation, potential control of neural response becomes possible, which can subsequently lead to new medical treatments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8261, Terahertz Technology and Applications V, 82610S (1 March 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.909350
Show Author Affiliations
M. V. Tsurkan, National Research Univ. of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Russian Federation)
O. A. Smolyanskaya, National Research Univ. of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Russian Federation)
V. G. Bespalov, National Research Univ. of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Russian Federation)
V. A. Penniyainen, Pavlov Institute of Physiology (Russian Federation)
A. V. Kipenko, Pavlov Institute of Physiology (Russian Federation)
Almazov Federal Heart, Blood and Endocrinology Ctr. (Russian Federation)
E. V. Lopatina, Pavlov Institute of Physiology (Russian Federation)
Almazov Federal Heart, Blood and Endocrinology Ctr. (Russian Federation)
B. V. Krylov, Pavlov Institute of Physiology (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8261:
Terahertz Technology and Applications V
Laurence P. Sadwick; Créidhe M. O'Sullivan, Editor(s)

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