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Cell. 2008 May 2;133(3):387-91. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2008.04.019.

Xenohormesis: sensing the chemical cues of other species.

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  • 1BIOMOL International, LP, 5120 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, USA. howitzkt@biomol.com

Abstract

Many plant molecules interact with and modulate key regulators of mammalian physiology in ways that are beneficial to health, but why? We propose that heterotrophs (animals and fungi) are able to sense chemical cues synthesized by plants and other autotrophs in response to stress. These cues provide advance warning about deteriorating environmental conditions, allowing the heterotrophs to prepare for adversity while conditions are still favorable.

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PMC2504011
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