Study type: Medical/biological study (experimental study)

Measurement of DNA damage after exposure to electromagnetic radiation in the cellular phone communication frequency band (835.62 and 847.74 MHz). med./bio.

Published in: Radiat Res 1997; 148 (6): 618-627

Aim of study (acc. to author)

Mouse fibroblast cells and human glioblastoma cells were exposed to cellular phone communication frequency radiations to investigate whether such exposure produces DNA damage in in vitro cultures.

Endpoint

Exposure

Exposure Parameters
Exposure 1: 835.62 MHz
Modulation type: FM, CW
Exposure duration: continuous for 2, 4 or 24 h
Exposure 2: 847.74 MHz
Modulation type: pulsed
Exposure duration: continuous for 2, 4 or 24 h

Exposure 1

Main characteristics
Frequency 835.62 MHz
Type
Charakteristic
  • guided field
Exposure duration continuous for 2, 4 or 24 h
Modulation
Modulation type FM, CW
Additional info

FMCW

Exposure setup
Exposure source
Chamber The radial transmission line (RTL) facility has been described in the reference article. In addition, the RTLs and the housings were shielded to avoid interference with mobile communication services.
Setup One T-75 culture flask was used for each of the times in each experiment. All experiments were carried out with matched sham-treated controls, except for U87MG cells where only one group was sham-exposed for 4 hours.
Additional info Sham-exposure (negative control) and 137Cs γ-irradiated samples (positive control, see reference article) were included with every experiment. A separate series of experiments was carried out with additional BrdU labelling of cells. One of these cultures (positive control) was not irradiated but only placed 50 cm under a 30-W fluorescent light source for 1 hour.
Parameters
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
power 60 W - - - 50 to 60 W net forward power
SAR 0.6 W/kg mean measured and calculated - ± 0.3 W/kg

Exposure 2

Main characteristics
Frequency 847.74 MHz
Type
Charakteristic
  • guided field
Exposure duration continuous for 2, 4 or 24 h
Modulation
Modulation type pulsed
Duty cycle 40 %
Additional info

CDMA

Exposure setup
Exposure source
Parameters
Measurand Value Type Method Mass Remarks
power 60 W - - - 50 to 60 W net forward power
SAR 0.6 W/kg mean measured and calculated - ± 0.3 W/kg

Reference articles

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated system:
Time of investigation:
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

No significant differences were observed between the test group exposed to FMCW or CDMA radiation and the sham-exposed negative controls. The results indicate that exposure of cultured mammalian cells to cellular phone communication frequencies does not cause DNA damage.

Study character:

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