Magnetically induced behaviour of ferritin corpuscles in avian ears: can cuticulosomes function as magnetosomes?

@article{Jandaka2015MagneticallyIB,
  title={Magnetically induced behaviour of ferritin corpuscles in avian ears: can cuticulosomes function as magnetosomes?},
  author={Petr Janda{\vc}ka and Hynek Burda and Jarom{\'i}r Pi{\vs}tora},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  year={2015},
  volume={12 102},
  pages={20141087}
}
Magnetoreception is an enigmatic, poorly understood sensory ability, described mainly on the basis of behavioural studies in animals of diverse taxa. Recently, corpuscles containing superparamagnetic iron-storage protein ferritin were found in the inner ear hair cells of birds, a predominantly single ferritin corpuscle per cell. It was suggested that these corpuscles might represent magnetosomes and function as magnetosensors. Here we determine ferritin low-field paramagnetic susceptibility to… CONTINUE READING