Cell phone radiation exposure on brain and associated biological systems

Indian J Exp Biol. 2013 Mar;51(3):187-200.


Wireless technologies are ubiquitous today and the mobile phones are one of the prodigious output of this technology. Although the familiarization and dependency of mobile phones is growing at an alarming pace, the biological effects due to the exposure of radiations have become a subject of intense debate. The present evidence on mobile phone radiation exposure is based on scientific research and public policy initiative to give an overview of what is known of biological effects that occur at radiofrequency (RF)/ electromagnetic fields (EMFs) exposure. The conflict in conclusions is mainly because of difficulty in controlling the affecting parameters. Biological effects are dependent not only on the distance and size of the object (with respect to the object) but also on the environmental parameters. Health endpoints reported to be associated with RF include childhood leukemia, brain tumors, genotoxic effects, neurological effects and neurodegenerative diseases, immune system deregulation, allergic and inflammatory responses, infertility and some cardiovascular effects. Most of the reports conclude a reasonable suspicion of mobile phone risk that exists based on clear evidence of bio-effects which with prolonged exposures may reasonably be presumed to result in health impacts. The present study summarizes the public issue based on mobile phone radiation exposure and their biological effects. This review concludes that the regular and long term use of microwave devices (mobile phone, microwave oven) at domestic level can have negative impact upon biological system especially on brain. It also suggests that increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) play an important role by enhancing the effect of microwave radiations which may cause neurodegenerative diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis
  • Biophysics / methods
  • Brain / radiation effects*
  • Brain Neoplasms / etiology
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Phone*
  • Central Nervous System / radiation effects
  • DNA Damage / radiation effects
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Free Radicals
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Models, Biological
  • Mutagens
  • Neoplasms, Radiation-Induced / diagnosis
  • Radiometry
  • Rats
  • Reactive Oxygen Species


  • Free Radicals
  • Mutagens
  • Reactive Oxygen Species