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Cell fusion by simulated atmospheric discharges: further support for the hypothesis of involvement of electrofusion in evolution.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6516538     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Electrofusion of mesophyll cell protoplasts of Avena sativa was induced by simulated atmospheric discharges. It is shown both experimentally and theoretically that the potential differences which occur at quite long distances from the point of lightning stroke are large enough to induce fusion. Besides electromagnetic waves which are emitted during lightning (G. Küppers and U. Zimmermann, FEBS Lett. 164, 323 (1983] cell fusion may have also occurred directly by means of the voltage built-up on the earth during evolution in response to a lightning stroke.
Authors:
G Küppers; K J Diederich; U Zimmermann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. Section C: Biosciences     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0341-0382     ISO Abbreviation:  Z. Naturforsch., C, Biosci.     Publication Date:    1984 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-02-11     Completed Date:  1985-02-11     Revised Date:  2009-06-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801143     Medline TA:  Z Naturforsch C     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  973-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Cell Fusion*
Electrophysiology
Evolution*
Lightning
Mathematics
Models, Biological
Plant Physiological Phenomena
Protoplasts / physiology

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