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Research Article

Ionizing Radiation Changes the Electronic Properties of Melanin and Enhances the Growth of Melanized Fungi

  • Ekaterina Dadachova mail,

    To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: edadacho@aecom.yu.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Nuclear Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America, Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

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  • Ruth A. Bryan,

    Affiliation: Department of Nuclear Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

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  • Xianchun Huang,

    Affiliation: Department of Nuclear Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

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  • Tiffany Moadel,

    Affiliation: Department of Nuclear Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

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  • Andrew D. Schweitzer,

    Affiliation: Department of Nuclear Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

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  • Philip Aisen,

    Affiliation: Physiology and Biophysics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

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  • Joshua D. Nosanchuk,

    Affiliations: Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America, Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

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  • Arturo Casadevall

    Affiliations: Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America, Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

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  • Published: May 23, 2007
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000457

About the Authors

Ekaterina Dadachova, Ruth A. Bryan, Xianchun Huang, Tiffany Moadel, Andrew D. Schweitzer
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America
Ekaterina Dadachova, Joshua D. Nosanchuk, Arturo Casadevall
Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America
Philip Aisen
Physiology and Biophysics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America
Joshua D. Nosanchuk, Arturo Casadevall
Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: edadacho@aecom.yu.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AC ED RB. Performed the experiments: RB AS PA JN XH TM. Analyzed the data: AC ED RB XH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: PA JN. Wrote the paper: AC ED. Other: Suggested the idea for the study: AC.