The Quantum Biology of Reactive Oxygen Species Partitioning Impacts Cellular Bioenergetics

  title={The Quantum Biology of Reactive Oxygen Species Partitioning Impacts Cellular Bioenergetics},
  author={Robert J. Usselman and Cristina Chavarriaga and Pablo Ra{\'u}l Castello and Maria Procopio and Thorsten Ritz and Edward A. Dratz and David J. Singel and Carlos F Martino},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
Quantum biology is the study of quantum effects on biochemical mechanisms and biological function. We show that the biological production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in live cells can be influenced by coherent electron spin dynamics, providing a new example of quantum biology in cellular regulation. ROS partitioning appears to be mediated during the activation of molecular oxygen (O2) by reduced flavoenzymes, forming spin-correlated radical pairs (RPs). We find that oscillating magnetic… CONTINUE READING
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