Mobile telephony radiation exerts genotoxic action and significantly enhances the effects of gamma radiation in human cells

Author: Dimitris J Panagopoulos1,2,3
1 Choremeion Research Laboratory, 1st Paediatric Clinic, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
2 National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Athens, Greece.
3 EMF-Biophysics Research Laboratory, Athens, Greece.
Conference/Journal: Gen Physiol Biophys
Date published: 2023 Dec 8
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.4149/gpb_2023036. , Word Count: 202

I previously reported induction of chromosomal damage in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HPBLs) induced by: a) Mobile telephony (MT) electromagnetic fields (EMFs)/electromagnetic radiation (EMR), b) a high caffeine dose, and c) the combination of the two stressors. HPBLs from the same subjects exposed to gamma radiation at doses 0.1, 0.3, or 0.5 Gy, displayed more aberrations than those exposed to MT EMFs or the high caffeine dose in a dose-dependent manner. When the cells exposed to these gamma radiation doses were pre-exposed to a single 15-min MT EMF exposure, the number of aberrations increased significantly more than the sum number of aberrations induced by the individual stressors in all subjects. Thus, MT EMF exposure at a power density ~136 times below the latest International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) exposure limit, apart from the fact that it is genotoxic by itself, significantly enhanced the genotoxic action of gamma radiation. Since gamma radiation at similar doses is applied for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, people should be aware of the increased risk during treatment periods. Comparison of the genotoxic action between MT EMF and gamma radiation shows that the ICNIRP limits are, at least, ~4.5×104 times less stringent than the limits for gamma radiation.

PMID: 38099580 DOI: 10.4149/gpb_2023036