Author(s): Gaber MH, Abd El Halim N, Khalil WA
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Abstract Steadily growing use of electromagnetic fields, especially in conjunction with wireless communication systems, has led to increasing public concern about possible health effects of electromagnetic radiation. However, besides the well-known thermal effect of electromagnetic fields on biological tissue, there is no clear evidence of further athermal interaction mechanisms with biological systems. The present study was designed to determine the changes in bilayer permeability in egg lecithin multilamellar vesicles after exposure to 900 MHz microwave radiation for a period of 5 h. Specific absorption rate (SAR) of the radiation for the investigated liposome sample was found to be 12 +/- 1 W/kg. Liposomal changes in permeability were monitored using a light scattering technique. Optical anisotropy of the liposome sample decreased dramatically upon exposure to microwave radiation, indicating structural changes in acyl chain packing. IR and NMR ((1)H NMR) studies, which have been employed to reveal structural alterations in microwave, exposed vesicles showed an increased damage upon exposure to microwave. The changes observed in the (1)H NMR spectrum of the microwave exposed sample indicated hydrolysis of carboxylic and phosphoric esters. IR study showed conformational changes in the acyl chains of the lipids upon microwave exposure. However, both IR and (31)P NMR did not show any appreciable changes in the head group part of the lipids.
This article was published in Bioelectromagnetics
and referenced in Journal of Electrical & Electronic Systems