Ultraweak emissions of groups comprising several dozens of unfertilized and fertilized loach eggs, embryos, larvae, and their egg envelopes were measured on a photomultiplier tube. The envelopes absorbed the light from external sources but readily gave it back in the absence of embryos. We carried out statistical and frequency-amplitude analyses of ultraweak emissions and studied the autocorrelation structure of their frequency spectra. The frequencies of signals with different intensity underwent regular changes during development. Cascades of short-term (≤1 ms) flashes timed (during cleavage) to furrowing were a characteristic element of ultraweak emission. The Fourier spectra of developing embryos had pronounced frequency-amplitude peaks and higher, than in unfertilized eggs and inanimate samples, mutual correlation during successive time intervals. Stage-specific translational symmetry of the frequency spectra of ultraweak emissions was demonstrated, which suggests the presence in groups of embryos of a coordinated system of harmonic oscillators. The latter underwent regular changes during development. The measurement of ultraweak emissions represents a unique non-invasive method of analysis of these oscillators.
Russian Journal of Developmental Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 13, 2004
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