Alternating extremely low frequency magnetic field increases turnover of dopamine and serotonin in rat frontal cortex

Bioelectromagnetics. 2004 Sep;25(6):426-30. doi: 10.1002/bem.20011.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of an extremely low frequency sinusoidal magnetic field (ELF MF) with frequency of 10 Hz and intensity of 1.8-3.8 mT on the levels of the biogenic amines dopamine (DA), 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), homovanillic acid (HVA), 3-methoxytyramine (3-MT), 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), 5-hydroxyindolacetic acid (5-HIAA), and noradrenaline (NA), as well as on DA and 5-HT turnover in corpus striatum and frontal cortex of adult male Wistar rats. We found that ELF MF exposure for 14 days, 1 h daily, did not influence the level of the examined biogenic amines and metabolites, but increased the rate of synthesis (turnover) of DA and 5-HT in rat frontal cortex as compared to control, sham exposed rats. On the basis of the present results and our previous findings, extremely low frequency magnetic field (ELF MF) exposure has been found to alter both turnover and receptor reactivity of monoaminergic systems, as well as some behaviors induced by these systems or their agonists and antagonists.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Burden
  • Corpus Striatum / metabolism*
  • Corpus Striatum / radiation effects*
  • Dopamine / metabolism*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Frontal Lobe / metabolism*
  • Frontal Lobe / radiation effects*
  • Male
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Neurons / radiation effects
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Serotonin / metabolism*


  • Serotonin
  • Dopamine