|Shigekazu HIGUCHI||Last modified date：2018.06.04|
Field of Specialization
Physiological Anthropology, Ergonomics, Sleep and Circadian rhythm, Neuroscience, Knasei Science
- Study on light and circadian rhythm in chldren
keyword : Children, Sleep, Circadian rhythm, melatonin, lighting environment
- Study on the effects of light on circadian rhythm and melatonin during night work
keyword : night work, light, circadian rhythm, melatonin, performance, sleepiness
- Study on human mirror neuron system
keyword : neuroscience, mirror neuron system
|1.||Shinobu Yasuo, Ayaka Iwamoto, Sang Il Lee, Shotaro Ochiai, Rina Hitachi, Satomi Shibata, Nobuo Uotsu, Chie Tarumizu, Sayuri Matsuoka, Mitsuhiro Furuse, Shigekazu Higuchi, L-serine enhances light-induced circadian phase resetting in mice and humans, Journal of Nutrition,
|2.||Tokiho Akiyama, Takafumi Katsumura, Shigeki Nakagome, Sang Il Lee, Keiichiro Joh, Hidenobu Soejima, Kazuma Fujimoto, Ryosuke Kimura, Hajime Ishida, Tsunehiko Hanihara, Akira Yasukouchi, Yoko Satta, Shigekazu Higuchi, Hiroki Oota, An ancestral haplotype of the human PERIOD2 gene associates with reduced sensitivity to light-induced melatonin suppression, PLoS One,
|3.||Kazuo Isoda, Kana Sueyoshi, Yuki Ikeda, Yuki Nishimura, Ichiro Hisanaga, Stéphanie Orlic, Yeon Kyu Kim, Shigekazu Higuchi, Effect of the hand-omitted tool motion on mu rhythm suppression, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,
|4.||Shigekazu Higuchi, Sang Il Lee, Tomoaki Kozaki, Tetsuo Harada, Ikuo Tanaka, Late circadian phase in adults and children is correlated with use of high color temperature light at home at night, Chronobiology International,
|5.||Shigekazu Higuchi, Yuki Nagafuchi, Sang Il Lee, Tetsuo Harada, Influence of light at night on melatonin suppression in children, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,
Objective: We investigated whether light-induced melatonin suppression in children is larger than that in adults.
Methods: Thirty-three healthy primary school children(meanage, 9.2±1.5 y)and29 healthy adults (meanage, 41.6±4.7 y) participated intwoexperiments. In the first experiment, salivary melatonin concentrations in 13 children and 13 adults were measured at night under a dim light (<30 lux) and a moderately bright light (580 lux) in an experimental facility. Pupil diameters were also measured under dim light and bright light. In the second experiment, melatonin concentrations in 20 children and 16 adults were measured under dim light in the experimental facility and under room light at home (illuminance, 140.0 ± 82.7 lux).
Results: In experiment 1, the melatonin concentration was significantly decreased by exposure to moderately bright light in both adults and children. Melatonin suppression was significantly larger in children (88.2%; n = 5) than in adults (46.3%; n = 6; P < .01), although the data for some participants were excluded because melatonin concentrations had not yet risen. In experiment 2, melatonin secretion was significantly suppressed by room light at home in children (n = 15; P < .05) but not in adults (n = 11).
Conclusion: We found that the percentage of melatonin suppression by light in children was almost twice that in adults, suggesting that melatonin is more sensitive to light in children than in adults at night..
|6.||Shigekazu Higuchi, Akiko Hida, Sei Ichi Tsujimura, Kazuo Mishima, Akira Yasukouchi, Sang Il Lee, Youhei Kinjyo, Manabu Miyahira, Melanopsin Gene Polymorphism I394T Is Associated with Pupillary Light Responses in a Dose-Dependent Manner, PLoS One,
|8.||Shigekazu Higuchi, Yutaka Motohashi, Keita Ishibashi, Takafumi Maeda, Influence of eye colors of Caucasians and Asians on suppression of melatonin secretion by light, American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology,
|9.||Shigekazu Higuchi, Yutaka Motohashi, Yang Liu, Akira Maeda, Effects of playing a computer game using a bright display on presleep physiological variables, sleep latency, slow wave sleep and REM sleep, Journal of Sleep Research,