Exploring the possibilities for radical pair effects in cryptochrome

Ilia A. Solov'yov, Danielle E. Chandler, Klaus Schulten

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Abstract

The ability of some animals to sense magnetic fields has long captured the human imagination. In our recent paper, we explored how radical pair effects in the protein cryptochrome may underlie the magnetic orientation sense of migratory birds. Here we explain our model and discuss its relationship to experimental results on plant cryptochromes, as well as discuss the next steps in refining our model, and explore alternate but related possibilities for modeling and understanding cryptochrome as a magnetic sensor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)676-677
Number of pages2
JournalPlant Signaling and Behavior
Volume3
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Avian magnetoreception
  • Avian orientation
  • Cryptochrome
  • Magnetic field effect
  • Magnetic sensor
  • Radical pair machanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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