To study the possible biological effects of GSM-like radiofrequency whole body exposure on brain oxidative DNA damage and lipid peroxidation both in non-pregnant and pregnant rabbits and in their newborns.
36 rabbits were divided into four groups: 1) non-pregnant control group (n=9), 2) non-pregnant, radiofrequency exposed group (n=9), 3) pregnant control group (n=9) and 4) pregnant, radiofrequency exposed group (n=9). Newborns (n=18; one of each litter) were also divided into two groups: newborns of control group (n=9) and newborns of exposed group (n=9).
Malondialdehyde and 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine levels of non-pregnant and pregnant radiofrequency exposed animals significantly increased compared with not-exposed controls. No differences were found in the newborns.
The authors conclude, that 1800 MHz GSM-like radiofrequency exposure of non-pregnant and pregnant rabbits for seven days resulted in the release of secondary messengers, such as free radicals, leading to oxidative destruction in lipids and DNA.