Chemical amplification of magnetic field effects relevant to avian magnetoreception.

  title={Chemical amplification of magnetic field effects relevant to avian magnetoreception.},
  author={Daniel R Kattnig and Emrys W Evans and Victoire D{\'e}jean and Charlotte A Dodson and Mark I Wallace and Stuart R Mackenzie and Christiane R Timmel and P J Hore},
  journal={Nature chemistry},
  volume={8 4},
Magnetic fields as weak as the Earth's can change the yields of radical pair reactions even though the energies involved are orders of magnitude smaller than the thermal energy, kBT, at room temperature. Proposed as the source of the light-dependent magnetic compass in migratory birds, the radical pair mechanism is thought to operate in cryptochrome flavoproteins in the retina. Here we demonstrate that the primary magnetic field effect on flavin photoreactions can be amplified chemically by… CONTINUE READING
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