Qualitative effect on mRNAs of injury-associated proteins by cell phone like radiation in rat facial nerves

Electromagn Biol Med. 2009;28(4):383-90. doi: 10.3109/15368370903287614.


Rats were exposed to cell phone radiation for 6 hours per day for 18 weeks. The buccal and mandibular branches of the facial nerve were evaluated for this study. The mRNA levels of four proteins that are usually up regulated when an injury has occurred were investigated; included were Calcium ATP-ase, Endothelin, Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule, and Neural Growth Factor. These isolated mRNAs were subjected to RT-PCR and all four were up regulated. The mandibular nerve showed a higher and broader level of up regulation than the buccal nerve. All four mRNA up regulations for the mandibular nerve and two for the buccal nerve were also statistically significant. These specific injury-related findings were mild. As the use of these cell phones continues, there most likely will be permanent damage to these tissues over the years and the likelihood of tumors, cancers, and system failures will potentially increase.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium-Transporting ATPases / metabolism
  • Cell Phone / instrumentation*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Endothelins / metabolism
  • Facial Nerve / metabolism
  • Facial Nerve / radiation effects*
  • Facial Nerve Injuries / etiology
  • Facial Nerve Injuries / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Regulation / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Regulation / radiation effects*
  • Male
  • Mandibular Nerve / metabolism
  • Mandibular Nerve / radiation effects
  • Nerve Growth Factors / metabolism
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / metabolism
  • Neural Cell Adhesion Molecules / metabolism
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Time Factors
  • Trigeminal Nerve Injuries


  • Endothelins
  • Nerve Growth Factors
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Neural Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Calcium-Transporting ATPases