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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Mar 7;302(2):427-34.

Low-frequency electromagnetic fields induce a stress effect upon higher plants, as evident by the universal stress signal, alanine.

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Department of Chemistry, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. bened@bgumail.bgu.ac.il

Abstract

15N NMR analysis reveals alanine production in Duckweed plants exposed to low intensity sinusoidally varying magnetic fields (SVMF) at 60 and 100Hz, and fed by 15N-labeled ammonium chloride. Alanine does not accumulate in the absence of SVMF. Addition of vitamin C, a radical scavenger, reduced alanine production by 82%, indicating the roll of free radicals in the process. Alanine accumulation in plants and animals in response to exposure to a variety of stress conditions, including SVMF, is a general phenomenon. It is proposed that alanine is a universal first stress signal expressed by cells.

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