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. 2009 May 1;87(6):1484-99.
doi: 10.1002/jnr.21951.

The Action of Pulse-Modulated GSM Radiation Increases Regional Changes in Brain Activity and c-Fos Expression in Cortical and Subcortical Areas in a Rat Model of Picrotoxin-Induced Seizure Proneness

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The Action of Pulse-Modulated GSM Radiation Increases Regional Changes in Brain Activity and c-Fos Expression in Cortical and Subcortical Areas in a Rat Model of Picrotoxin-Induced Seizure Proneness

E López-Martín et al. J Neurosci Res. .

Abstract

The action of the pulse-modulated GSM radiofrequency of mobile phones has been suggested as a physical phenomenon that might have biological effects on the mammalian central nervous system. In the present study, GSM-exposed picrotoxin-pretreated rats showed differences in clinical and EEG signs, and in c-Fos expression in the brain, with respect to picrotoxin-treated rats exposed to an equivalent dose of unmodulated radiation. Neither radiation treatment caused tissue heating, so thermal effects can be ruled out. The most marked effects of GSM radiation on c-Fos expression in picrotoxin-treated rats were observed in limbic structures, olfactory cortex areas and subcortical areas, the dentate gyrus, and the central lateral nucleus of the thalamic intralaminar nucleus group. Nonpicrotoxin-treated animals exposed to unmodulated radiation showed the highest levels of neuronal c-Fos expression in cortical areas. These results suggest a specific effect of the pulse modulation of GSM radiation on brain activity of a picrotoxin-induced seizure-proneness rat model and indicate that this mobile-phone-type radiation might induce regional changes in previous preexcitability conditions of neuronal activation.

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