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Twelve hours exposure to inhomogeneous high magnetic field after logarithmic growth phase is sufficient for drastic suppression ofEscherichia colideath

Authors
Publisher
Elsevier B.V.
Publication Date
Volume
54
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s1567-5394(01)00108-6
Keywords
  • High Magnetic Field
  • Escherichia Coli
  • Suppression Of Death
  • Exposure Period
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Earth Science

Abstract

Abstract When Escherichia coli B was aerobically grown at 43 °C in a medium whose concentration was one-fourth that of the Luria–Bertani (LB) medium supplemented with 1.5 g/l of glutamic acid, drastic cell death was observed after the end of the logarithmic growth phase. However, when the same experiment was conducted under inhomogeneous 5.2–6.1 T magnetic field, cell death was extremely suppressed and the ratio of viable cell number under high magnetic field to that under geomagnetic field reached as much as 100,000. When the magnetic field exposure was restricted to 12 h after the logarithmic growth phase, a similar high degree of suppressive effect on the death was observed. The findings that the amount of sigma S protein encoded by the rpoS gene under the high magnetic field was larger than that under the geomagnetic field, and that the magnetic field effect disappeared when the rpoS gene-deficient strain was cultivated under the high magnetic field, suggest the interaction of magnetic field with a stationary phase specific gene.

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