Biological significance of molecular chirality in energy balance and metabolism
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- Garay, A.S., Czégé, J., Tolvaj, L. et al. Acta Biotheor (1973) 22: 34. doi:10.1007/BF01500603
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In biological electron transport the spin, and thus the magnetic property of electrons, is neglected. Furthermore, no attention is paid to the fact that the great majority of biologically important molecules are chiral, and during excitation a magnetic moment is induced in them. It is shown, both theoretically and experimentally, that the magnetic moment of the electron and the magnetic transition moment of the optically active molecules may interact. The main consequences of such an interaction are a higher probability of the occurrence of optically active molecules in triplet states, and the polarization of transported electrons.