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Bioelectrochemistry. 2006 Sep;69(1):99-103. Epub 2006 Feb 7.

Synthesis of DnaK and GroEL in Escherichia coli cells exposed to different magnetic field signals.

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  • 1Department of Evolutionary Experimental Biology, University of Bologna, via Selmi 3, 40126 Bologna, Italy.


The effects of extremely low frequency magnetic field (ELF-MF)(1 mT, 50 Hz) on the heat shock protein (HSP) synthesis in Escherichia coli were investigated. Two magnetic field signals were studied: sinusoidal (SMF) and pulsed square wave (PMF). It was found that bacteria exposed to SMF showed a significantly higher level of DnaK and GroEL proteins as compared to sham-exposed bacteria as revealed by Western blot, whereas a lower level was observed after PMF exposure. Similar results were obtained when bacterial cells were exposed to heat shock (HS) after ELF-MF exposure: again SMF and PMF resulted in an increase and in a reduction of HSP amount in comparison with sham control, respectively. In conclusion, the MF influences the synthesis of HSPs in E. coli in a way that critically depends on the signal characteristics.

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