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Int J Radiat Biol. 2016;92(3):162-8. doi: 10.3109/09553002.2016.1135262. Epub 2016 Feb 6.

Immune responses of a wall lizard to whole-body exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.

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1
a Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology , University of Athens , Athens , Greece ;
2
b Department of Animal and Human Physiology, Faculty of Biology , University of Athens , Athens , Greece ;
3
c Department of Zoology and Marine Biology, Faculty of Biology , University of Athens , Athens , Greece ;
4
d Department of Energy Technology Engineering , Technological Educational Institute of Athens , Athens , Greece.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

During the last three decades, the number of devices that emit non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (EMR) at the wireless communication spectrum has rapidly increased and possible effects on living organisms have become a major concern. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of radiofrequency EMR emitted by a widely used wireless communication device, namely the Digital Enhanced Communication Telephony (DECT) base, on the immune responses of the Aegean wall lizard (Podarcis erhardii).

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Adult male lizards were exposed 24 h/day for 8 weeks to 1880-1900 MHz DECT base radiation at average electric field intensity of 3.2 V/m. Immune reactivity was assessed using the phytohemagglutinin (PHA) skin swelling and mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR) tests.

RESULTS:

Our results revealed a noticeable suppression (approximately 45%) of inflammatory responses in EMR-exposed lizards compared to sham-exposed animals. T cell-mediated responses were marginally affected.

CONCLUSION:

Daily radiofrequency EMR exposure seems to affect, at least partially, the immunocompetence of the Aegean wall lizard.

KEYWORDS:

Non-ionizing radiation; immunology; inflammation; reptiles; skin

PMID:
26853383
DOI:
10.3109/09553002.2016.1135262
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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