Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

TP53 tumor suppressor protein in normal human fibroblasts does not respond to 837 MHz microwave exposure med./bio.

Published in: Radiat Res 1999; 151 (6): 710-716

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To evaluate whether exposure to cellular telephone fields (837 MHz microwaves) can increase TP53 protein level in human fibroblasts in vitro.
The expression level of the TP53 tumor suppressor protein (formerly named as p53) was chosen due to the fact that TP53 responds to a wide variety of environmental stressors.



Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 837 MHz
Modulation type: CW
Exposure duration: continuous for 2 h
  • SAR: 0.9 W/kg peak value
  • SAR: 9 W/kg peak value

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 837 MHz
Exposure duration continuous for 2 h
Modulation type CW
Exposure setup
Exposure source
Chamber Two 60 x 15-mm cell culture dishes (with 3 ml of culture medium) were placed side by side, on the central line in the direction of propagation, on each of the two shelves in the upper and lower chambers of a TEM cell (8 x 10 x 30 cm).
Setup Power was coupled to the TEM cell through a power meter, and from the cell into a 600-W RF load.
Additional info sham-exposure: same conditions, but without microwave exposure positive control: exposure to UV radiation (254 nm) for no more than 1 min to achieve 50 J/m² negative control: dishes were just left in the incubator
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
SAR 0.9 W/kg peak value measured and calculated - -
SAR 9 W/kg peak value measured and calculated - -

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Time of investigation:
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

The TP53 protein expression levels in cultured human fibroblast cells do not change significantly. Also the microscopic analysis revealed that human fibroblast did not show significant changes in the negative control cells, sham-irradiated cells, and microwave-irradiated cells.

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