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Bioferroelectricity and optical properties of biological systems
Author(s): Vladimir Bystrov; Natalia Bystrova
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Paper Abstract

A bioferroelectric approach to analysis of ferroelectric behavior of biological systems is presented. The optical properties of nerve fibers, biomembrane ion channels, and purple membrane films containing bacteriorhodopsin are analyzed. The features, influence of the proton subsystem and proton transfer on the hydrogen-bonded biomolecular structures are analyzed within the ferroelectric liquid-crystal model and possible biomedical applications discussed. The ferroelectric behavior of biological systems and the set of various bioferroelectric effects are considered within the limits of phenomenological theory of ferroelectrics. The nonlinear response to weak actions under conditions critical to human organism is one of specific features characterizing biological objects on molecular, cell and organism levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5122, Advanced Organic and Inorganic Optical Materials, (8 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.515713
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Vladimir Bystrov, Institute of Mathematical Problems of Biology (Russia)
Natalia Bystrova, Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5122:
Advanced Organic and Inorganic Optical Materials

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