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Electromagn Biol Med. 2008;27(1):3-23. doi: 10.1080/15368370701878820.

Protein and DNA reactions stimulated by electromagnetic fields.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University, New York, New York 10032, USA. mb32@columbia.edu

Abstract

The stimulation of protein and DNA by electromagnetic fields (EMF) has been problematic because the fields do not appear to have sufficient energy to directly affect such large molecules. Studies with electric and magnetic fields in the extremely low-frequency range have shown that weak fields can cause charge movement. It has also been known for some time that redistribution of charges in large molecules can trigger conformational changes that are driven by large hydration energies. This review considers examples of direct effects of electric and magnetic fields on charge transfer, and structural changes driven by such changes. Conformational changes that arise from alterations in charge distribution play a key role in membrane transport proteins, including ion channels, and probably account for DNA stimulation to initiate protein synthesis. It appears likely that weak EMF can control and amplify biological processes through their effects on charge distribution.

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18327711
DOI:
10.1080/15368370701878820
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