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Bioassay for assessing cell stress in the vicinity of radio-frequency irradiating antennas

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Abstract

The 24 h exposure of water plants (etiolated duckweed) to RF-EMF between 7.8 V m−1 and 1.8 V m−1, generated by AM 1.287 MHz transmitting antennas, resulted in alanine accumulation in the plant cells, a phenomenon we have previously shown to be a universal stress signal. The magnitude of the effect corresponds qualitatively to the level of RF-EMF exposure. In the presence of 10 mM vitamin C, alanine accumulation is completely suppressed, suggesting the involvement of free radicals in the process. A unique biological connection has thus been made between exposure to RF-EMF and cell stress, in the vicinity of RF transmitting antennas. This simple test, which lasts only 24 h, constitutes a useful bioassay for the quick detection of biological cell stress caused in the vicinity of RF irradiating antennas.

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Submitted
11 Jan 2011
Accepted
26 Apr 2011
First published
08 Jun 2011

J. Environ. Monit., 2011,13, 1890-1896
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Paper

Bioassay for assessing cell stress in the vicinity of radio-frequency irradiating antennas

E. B. Monselise, A. Levkovitz, H. E. Gottlieb and D. Kost, J. Environ. Monit., 2011, 13, 1890
DOI: 10.1039/C1EM10031A

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