Document Type : Full Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Shahed University

2 2Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Biological Science, TarbiatModares University

3 Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Faculty of Biological Sciences, TarbiatModares University



In this study cell growth, some physiological parameters, production of Taxol and gene expression in cell culture of hazel under effect of the magnetic field were investigated. Cells in suspension culture were treated by a 30 mT static magnetic field on days 8-11 after subculture and 4 hours each day. The results showed that while the growth rate and viability of cells weren’t affected by the magnetic field but membrane lipid peroxidation rate and H2O2 production increased. Activity of phenylalanine ammonia lyase, polyphenol oxidase and peroxidase enzymes was increased by the magnetic field compared with control. Production of phenolic compounds and Taxolin treated cells showed an increase compared to those of control cells. Magnetic field increased intracellular Taxol more than extracellurTaxol, and in treated cultures total taxol production was 2.9-fold compared to control culture. Gene expression of 1- deoxy -D- xylulose -5 - phosphate reductoisomerase involved in producing Taxol precursors and in its biosynthesis was also increased in treated cells compared to control. It appears that magnetic field by stimulating cell defense responses and inducing gene expression involved in Taxol biosynthesis has resulted in improved its production.


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