Mathematical Modeling Predicts Enhanced Growth of X-Ray Irradiated Pigmented Fungi

@inproceedings{Shuryak2014MathematicalMP,
  title={Mathematical Modeling Predicts Enhanced Growth of X-Ray Irradiated Pigmented Fungi},
  author={Igor Shuryak and Ruth A. Bryan and Joshua D Nosanchuk and Ekaterina A Dadachova},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2014}
}
Ionizing radiation is known for its cytotoxic and mutagenic properties. However, recent evidence suggests that chronic sub-lethal irradiation stimulates the growth of melanin-pigmented (melanized) fungi, supporting the hypothesis that interactions between melanin and ionizing photons generate energy useful for fungal growth, and/or regulate growth-promoting genes. There are no quantitative models of how fungal proliferation is affected by ionizing photon energy, dose rate, and presence versus… CONTINUE READING
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