Effect of electromagnetic waves from mobile phone on immune status of male rats: possible protective role of vitamin D

Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2017 Feb;95(2):151-156. doi: 10.1139/cjpp-2016-0218. Epub 2016 Sep 5.


There are considerable public concerns about the relationship between mobile phone radiation and human health. The present study assesses the effect of electromagnetic field (EMF) emitted from a mobile phone on the immune system in rats and the possible protective role of vitamin D. Rats were randomly divided into six groups: Group I: control group; Group II: received vitamin D (1000 IU/kg/day) orally; Group III: exposed to EMF 1 h/day; Group IV: exposed to EMF 2 h/day; Group V: exposed to EMF 1 h/day and received vitamin D (1000 IU/kg/day); Group VI: exposed to EMF 2 h/day and received vitamin D (1000 IU/kg/day). After 30 days of exposure time, 1 h/day EMF exposure resulted in significant decrease in immunoglobulin levels (IgA, IgE, IgM, and IgG); total leukocyte, lymphocyte, eosinophil and basophil counts; and a significant increase in neutrophil and monocyte counts. These changes were more increased in the group exposed to 2 h/day EMF. Vitamin D supplementation in EMF-exposed rats reversed these results when compared with EMF-exposed groups. In contrast, 7, 14, and 21 days of EMF exposure produced nonsignificant differences in these parameters among all experimental groups. We concluded that exposure to mobile phone radiation compromises the immune system of rats, and vitamin D appears to have a protective effect.

Keywords: champs électromagnétiques; electromagnetic field; immune system; immunoglobulines; immunoglobulins; mobile phones; système immunitaire; téléphones mobiles; vitamin D; vitamine D.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Basophils / cytology
  • Basophils / drug effects
  • Cell Phone*
  • Electromagnetic Radiation*
  • Eosinophils / cytology
  • Eosinophils / drug effects
  • Immune System / cytology
  • Immune System / drug effects*
  • Immune System / radiation effects*
  • Immunoglobulins / blood
  • Immunoglobulins / radiation effects
  • Leukocyte Count
  • Leukocytes / cytology
  • Leukocytes / drug effects
  • Lymphocyte Count
  • Male
  • Monocytes / cytology
  • Monocytes / drug effects
  • Neutrophils / cytology
  • Neutrophils / drug effects
  • Rats
  • Vitamin D / pharmacology*


  • Immunoglobulins
  • Vitamin D