Journal of Spectroscopy

Journal of Spectroscopy / 2010 / Article
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From Molecule to Tissue: XIII European Conference on the Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules, Palermo, Italy, August 28–September 2, 2009, Part 2 of 2

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Volume 24 |Article ID 592156 | 5 pages |

Resistance to irradiation of micro-algae growing in the storage pools of a nuclear reactor investigated by NMR and neutron spectroscopies


A green Chlorophycean micro-alga surviving high irradiation doses has been discovered in the storage pools of a nuclear reactor. Investigating the mechanisms sustaining its properties is of peculiar interest. Metabolic impact of irradiation on the micro-alga as well as structural macromolecular impact were investigated using nuclear magnetic resonance and neutron backscattering spectroscopy. Carbohydrate, amino acid and organic acid content studied as a function of the irradiation dose revealed an intense protein repair activity. Resilience was extracted according to irradiation dose and compared to that of other extremophile species.

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