[Suppression of nonspecific resistance of the body under the effect of extremely high frequency electromagnetic radiation of low intensity]

Biofizika. 2002 Jan-Feb;47(1):71-7.
[Article in Russian]


The dynamics of leukocyte number and functional activity of peripheral blood neutrophils under whole-body exposure of healthy mice to low-intensity extremely-high-frequency electromagnetic radiation (EHF EMR, 42.0 GHz, 0.15 mW/cm2, 20 min daily) was studied. It was shown that the phagocytic activity of peripheral blood neutrophils was suppressed by about 50% (p < 0.01 as compared with the sham-exposed control) in 2-3 h after the single exposure to EHF EMR. The effect persisted for 1 day after the exposure, and then the phagocytic activity of neutrophils returned to the norm within 3 days. A significant modification of the leukocyte blood profile in mice exposed to EHF EMR for 5 days was observed after the cessation of exposures: the number of leukocytes increased by 44% (p < 0.05 as compared with sham-exposed animals), mostly due to an increase in the lymphocyte content. The supposition was made that EHF EMR effects can be mediated via the metabolic systems of arachidonic acid and the stimulation of adenylate cyclase activity, with subsequent increase in the intracellular cAMP level. The results indicated that the whole-body exposure of healthy mice to low-intensity EHF EMR has a profound effect on the indices of nonspecific immunity.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Hepatitis, Animal / pathology
  • Leukocytes / cytology
  • Leukocytes / radiation effects
  • Male
  • Mice